The Commissioner for Equal Opportunity, together with the Youth Affairs Council of WA and the Commissioner for Children and Young People, held a youth summit on the 12 December to celebrate the 2016 International Day of Human Rights.
Human Rights Day commemorates the day on which the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration on Human Rights in 1948. This year, Human Rights Day called on everyone to stand up for someone’s rights
This free youth event 'Stand Up for Someone's Rights Today' heard from a panel of young Australians who shared their experiences, followed by a Q&A session to discuss issues of discrimination, inequality and human rights issues affecting youth from a diversity of background and circumstances, including:
- Migrants and refugees
- Aboriginal Australians
- Living with an impairment and/or disability including mental illness
- LGBTI diversity
On the panel we heard from Grace Mills from the Youth Disability Advocacy Network (YDAN), Patrick O’Reeri from the East Kimberley Region and Student Intern at the Equal Opportunity Commission and Dani Wright Toussaint from the Freedom Centre. Panelist Sara Shengeb from the Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network (MYAN) was also nominated for the Australian Human Rights Youth Award.
Tammy Solonec, Indigenous Rights Manager at Amnesty International Australia delivered the key note address. You can download a copy of Tammy's power point presentation here Key Note Address Power Point Presentation Human Rights Day Event-12 Dec 2016
Thanks to Misty Farquhar from the Curtin University Centre for Human Rights Education who MC'd the afternoon, and all those who contributed to making it an engaging and inspiring summit.
The presentation and Q&A sessions were also live streamed on Facebook, where you can watch a reply on the Equal Opportunity Commission’s Facebook page @EOCWA