Get Your Human Rights Creative Thinking Cap On!

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Entries for the Amnesty International Gary Ware Legacy Award are now open! The winning idea/s will receive up to $4,000 towards a human rights initiative that has a clear human rights impact. 

 It is open to any human rights topic as per the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  

Your human rights idea could be something that connects people from different communities, it could be toys for refugee children, or you could set up a cultural coffee club that allows people to share what they love about their culture. Alternatively, it might be something that focuses on the education of human rights, perhaps it’s an app or game that teaches people about their rights, a theatre show explaining the cycle of child poverty, a storybook on someone realising their rights, or a human rights debating contest, the opportunities are endless!  

Amnesty International Community Manager Margaret Taylor says the Gary Ware Legacy Award is a response to the growing demand among younger generations for a more promising future. 

“I’m really excited about this year, this is a fantastic opportunity for young people to think about how they might get people more engaged in their human rights, and the rights of others. But, we need people to apply so please don’t be shy! If you have an idea, chat it over with a teacher or mum or dad and see if you might be able to make it into something amazing!” 

The award is thanks to Gary Ware, who was a longstanding Amnesty Advocate whose dedication to human rights inspired generations of New Zealanders. This award is a celebration of Gary’s life. Each year, a young person or group will receive funding to make their human rights vision a reality. This is your chance. 

Entries are open to all people under 25 years and applications close 30 September.

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