by reillymccambridge on February 24, 2014 - 1:33pm
Core Values & Goals: Amnesty’s goals involve putting research and action together in an effort to limit and prevent the abuse of human rights and to help those whose rights have been abused in the past. They believe in strength in numbers because when we stand united we are most influential. With so many people speaking out the sky is the limit regarding the progress Amnesty can make in defending and protecting human rights. Their vision is to ultimately see a world where every single person can enjoy the human rights within the “Universal Declaration of Human Rights” and other international human rights documents. They do not accept government funding, everything penny they receive in donations is what keeps their vision alive. They do so by getting involved in human rights crisis around the world, especially in their priority countries which are Canada, China, Colombia and Mexico.
Major Projects in 2014: In the past Amnesty has been responsible for many important events and this year is no different. In 2014 some of the major highlights on the organization’s list of events include “Yoga Day”, and also “the Annual General Meeting”. Yoga Day sees schools, workplaces, yoga studios, and community centers across Canada partake in a fun day of yoga to help raise money and awareness in regards to Amnesty’s goal in creating a world where everyone is free. This will take place on April, 26th, 2014. The Annual General Meeting is the event where Amnesty members from coast to coast are invited to discuss problems and make important decisions. Members have the choice to participate in person or online through a web chat. This is key because it allows for a wide variety of members to express their concerns and have their voices heard.
Volunteer Opportunities: There are many opportunities to volunteer for Amnesty. Two main volunteer positions are fieldworker, country and theme coordinators. Being a fieldworker involves helping at the grassroots level. You are the face of Amnesty in the public, and you are able to provide information regarding issues and campaigns. Country and theme coordinators are experts on specific countries and/or issues, they inform the public using their expertise. These positions are unpaid and it is estimated that there will be 10-20 hours of volunteer work per month.
Contact Information: National Office: 312 Laurier Ave E., Ottawa, ON, K1N 1H9 (613) 744-7667.
Visit their site http://www.amnesty.ca/ for more information!