2014 annual Amnesty International Youth Awards showcased the work of some very passionate students, speaking out about current injustices across dozens of regions and sectors.
[gdlr_quote align=”center” ]I was so moved and impressed by the range of social and political issues raised by these incredibly aware teens[/gdlr_quote]
On April 30, some PhotoVoice staff had the pleasure of attending the 2014 annual Amnesty International Youth Awards, designed to celebrate what young people across the UK have to say on the enormously important topic of human rights. The event showcased the work of some very passionate students, speaking out about current injustices across dozens of regions and sectors. Voice of Freedom Exhibition Issues highlighted include elder abuse in care homes in the UK, female infanticide in China, and the experiences of Syrian refugees.
The event came at the perfect time, as some PhotoVoice work from the Voice of Freedom project, about human trafficking in Africa, is currently on display in the main lobby.
The awards ceremony first began as The Young Human Rights Reporter of the Year competition in 2009. Initially a contest for 7 to 14-year- olds, the awards have expanded to accept Upper Secondary and Sixth Form submissions, and now include categories such as photography, song writing/performance, fundraising, and campaigning. The hope is that the students that get involved will stay involved
Two of our bursary recipients, Bianca Tennant and Victoria Omobuwajo, were asked to present the awards for the photography category. We are so pleased to be able to collaborate with Amnesty International on such an inspiring initiative, bringing together and encouraging the future change makers of the UK in the name of a better world.
Fundraising and Events intern Altaire said, “I was so moved and impressed by the range of social and political issues raised by these incredibly aware teens. One young reporter investigated labour conditions faced by migrant workers building infrastructure in Qatar for the 2022 World Cup. Apparently hundreds of construction workers have died because the environment is so dangerous. I had no idea! I hope all of the young people continue to raise awareness and stand up for what’s right.”
Congratulations to all of the nominees and winners!