Anielle Franco is an English teacher, former competitive volleyball player, parent of an energetic toddler, and a powerful grassroots advocate for the rights of black women in Brazil.
She also happens to be the sister of renowned Brazilian women human rights defender and politician Marielle Franco, who was murdered in Rio de Janeiro earlier this year. Jackie Hansen, Amnesty’s Gender Rights Campaigner, reports on Anielle’s human rights work including her ongoing campaign for justice for Marielle.
Women human rights defenders experience harassment and violence because of what they’re advocating for and because of their gender.
People who advocate for freedom, justice, and equality often do so in an environment where they are demonized and restricted in their work. Many human rights defenders are smeared, threatened, physically attacked, criminalized and sometimes even killed, just for daring to stand up to those in power.
Imagine now how much harder your life as a human rights defender must be if you were targeted not only for what you do but also for who you are: welcome to your life as a woman human rights defender.
Can writing letters actually change things? We know it can. That’s why we run the biggest human rights event in the world every year.
Write for Rights 2018 is fast approaching – and we’re excited to have you on board. If you haven't already, sign up at www.writeathon.ca >>
Thank you for joining our growing community! We need your help to amp up the volume and get as many people to participate in Write for Rights as we can because more letters mean more power. Social media is a fantastic way to get your message out far and wide.
Here are some ways you can take the lead online:Let your friends know and encourage them to sign up!
Like and share the Write for Rights content we’ll be posting on the Amnesty Canada Facebook page and Twitter feed OR post your own message using #Write4Rights and #W4R2018.
So you've signed up to host a Write for Rights event. THANK YOU! Your time and enthusiasm means more people are taking action for human rights on December 10! (Haven't signed up yet? You can still sign up HERE!)
Planning to write on your own? Register to view our online webinar here >>
We've put together a few tips to help you make the most of your event, whether it's just a few people in your living room or a big event downtown!
What’s in a word? More precisely, what’s in a letter? Since the first known correspondence, written in Babylonian times, to the most common form of offline correspondence we receive today: junk mail - the letter has seen a dramatic rise and fall in personal value. Letters have gone from bearing longed-for thoughts from loved ones, to soulless marketing speak from corporations.
You might say, letters have had their day.
And yet, every year, people around the world get together on December 10, World Human Rights Day, to write letters. They write to people who are locked up unfairly – and to their family members. They write to the government leaders who put them there, and demand they release them.
Write for Rights is one of the world’s largest human rights events and on Human Rights Day we want the world to see how far and wide the campaign reaches, and all the great work we do to change lives.
On or around December 10th, 2017 we will be using Twitter and Instagram to show that people all over the world are writing letters for those whose rights have been abused. You can find more information on Write for Rights cases here.
Let’s show the world that human rights matter, by making the 2017 Write for Rights hashtag #WriteforRights appear in conversations online throughout the day!
Last year we sent 4.6 million letters and messages for human rights from more than 200 countries. Here's a list of 10 ways you can get involved:1. Start with the simple stuff
Sign up at Writeathon.ca! From here you can sign e-petitions, watch videos about cases, download materials for organising and letter writing and stay in the loop on cases to be featured on December 10. *Note: If you register to organise an event we'll mail out a Write for Rights kit to you at the address you provide.
Letters to a Prisoner will provide a fun and engaging way for young people (ages 6 and up) to participate with and promote human rights and the Write for Rights campaign.
By Shiromi Pinto
Amnesty supporters around the world outdid themselves this Write for Rights 2016. Together, you wrote an amazing 4,660,774 letters, emails, tweets and much more. Among those messages were words of support that made all the difference to the many whose rights we were writing for. Here are just a few of their personal thank you notes to you.
"Received this package of letters and post cards from Amnesty today, a small bundle of love and encouragement from the WriteAthon highlighting Site C and it's impacts... People are waking up around the world and they care. Made me smile ❤️ #unity #nositec #peace #amnesty #global #indigenous #waterislife"
- A post shared by Helen Knott, Prophet River First Nation
Máxima Acuña is a water and land defender in Peru. She has survived years of harassment, intimidation and vicious beatings by police and mining company security personnel over her right to defend the environment and her home from a massive gold and copper mine.
Her property shares a watershed with 4 lagoons that, if the company gets its way, would be drained and turned into tailings ponds. She has been forced into court to defend her family’s property rights to the land where they live and grow crops –and she has won. In September, she was beaten severely. It is staggering to comprehend the level of violence she has endured to defend her rights.
These days, many government bodies and heads of states have Twitter accounts and Facebook pages. Some of these state authorities are the same once who have the power to end the human rights abuses at hand in this year’s Write for Rights cases.
Amnesty International is asking activists from all around the world to use their social media channels for human rights. Below you’ll find sample social media posts that you can use to #Write4Rights:Australia: Refugees on Nauru
Target: Peter Dutton, Minister of Immigration and Border Protection – @PeterDutton_MP
I'm writing to @PeterDutton_MP to Tell #Australia to end the abuse of #refugees on #Nauru. #W4R16 #Write4Rights
Target: President Ilham Aliyev – @presidentaz
Check out the *FULL list of social media mobilizing ideas HERE*, including our Twitter Party at 4 pm EST on December 10!Write for Rights is just around the corner — now's the time to spread the word!
Like and Share our Write for Rights posts that you see on the Amnesty Canada Facebook page and Twitter feed OR post your own message using #Write4Rights and www.writeathon.ca!
Narges Mohammadi is a prominent human rights advocate in Iran campaigning for justice and gender equality, and against the death penalty. She has been targeted and imprisoned by Iranian authorities before for her peaceful activism and has spent the last decade in and out of prison. Narges has spent the last year in Iran's notorious Evin prison, and has been sentenced to 16 years in prison following an unfair trial for trumped up national-security related charges.
Her only 'crime' is standing up for human rights--including the rights of women and girls--amidst Iran's crackdown on women's rights and those who advocate for women's rights. Narges remains in prison because of peaceful human rights work. Iran needs to know that it is not acceptable to persecute peaceful activists. And Narges needs to know that the world is watching and advocating for her freedom.
Amnesty supporters across the country are taking action for Write for Rights.
Every year on December 10th, Amnesty International celebrates International Human Rights Day with the world's largest grassroots human rights event. Last year, we sent 3.7 million letters and messages for human rights from 200 countries. 30,000 participants in Canada contributed over 35,000 actions to the worldwide total. Our activists make all this possible.
Want to join in?1. Start your own event
There's still time to organize your own event for Write for Rights.
Hold a potluck with friends or gather at a local coffee shop to write letters.
Check out our tips for organizing a great event and register now!