Worldwide Wikipedia edit-a-thon writes unsung women heroes into history

Less than 20% of Wikipedia biographies feature women Hundreds of online activists from more than 20 countries will edit and fill the “glaring gap” of women human rights defenders on the global encyclopaedia People across the world took to the internet on the 19 and 20 May to write women human rights defenders into history as part of Amnesty International’s first worldwide Wikipedia edit-a-thon. BRAVE:Edit, in collaboration with Wikimedia (Wikipedia’s non-profit organisation), will see hundreds of activists from more than 20 countries take to the global encyclopaedia to upload biographies…

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Olivia Colman, Deborah Frances-White and Indira Varma join ‘Women Making History’ festival

Amnesty International is to host a one-day festival – Women Making History: #StillMarching – to celebrate the power of women standing together for human rights. On Sunday 20 May, between 10am-10pm, Amnesty will host a varied programme of panels, debates, performances and workshops, including a Wikipedia edit-a-thon to increase the public profile of women human rights defenders.   Those taking part include Olivia Colman, Seyi Akiwowo, Indira Varma, Deborah Frances-White, Grace Victory, Emma Gannon, Rowan Ellis, and Alex Holder. Organisations including Azeema Magazine and BBZ London will also contribute, with…

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NFL’s Colin Kaepernick named as Amnesty International’s 2018 ‘Ambassador of Conscience’

Athlete and inspiring activist Colin Kaepernick has been honoured with Amnesty International’s ‘Ambassador of Conscience’ award for 2018, the human rights organisation announced on Saturday 21 April. The award was presented to Kaepernick by American football player and former teammate Eric Reid at a ceremony in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. During the 2016 pre-season of the National Football League (NFL), Kaepernick knelt during the US national anthem as a respectful way of calling for the country to protect and uphold the rights of all its people. The bold move was a…

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Artist takes to the streets of Aberdeen in support of Amnesty International

Global human rights organisation Amnesty International announces an artistic collaboration with arts festival Nuart Aberdeen. The Scottish arts festival, now entering its second year, has appointed contemporary ceramicist Carrie Reichardt to create a piece of permanent public art to highlight Amnesty International’s project in support of women human rights defenders in the UK – Suffragette Spirit. The ceramic mural entitled ‘Suffragette Spirit’ – which will be accompanied by two other works by Carrie Reichardt – will celebrate Scotland’s woman human rights defenders, using classic revolutionary imagery and created using the…

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