Annelies Varsey: November 2018
Once a year, between 1st November and 31st December, Amnesty International is asking people to send cards or letters with messages of hope, support and solidarity to victims of human rights violations and those who defend them.
Women human rights defenders are under threat worldwide, so much so that Amnesty International has chosen to focus all of this year's cases on courageous women peacefully advocating for human rights.
Despite the risk of harassment and violence, courageous women human rights defenders are at the forefront of social movements across the world.
This year's Write for Rights campaign involves women from Brazil, India, Iran, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Morocco, South Africa, Ukraine, USA and Venezuela.
Sending a card with a simple solidarity message or writing a letter to a government are powerful ways to defend those suffering human rights abuses.
A quote from Jenni Williams, National Coordinator, Women of Zimbabwe Arise illustrates that: "Never think that you as an individual cannot make a difference. You are making a difference every day ... I'm still here because you care. Don't stop caring."
And when Idil Eser, the Director of Amnesty International in Turkey, was released from prison, he said: The most important thing for a prisoner is to not be forgotten. I knew people cared and that gave me the morale to stay strong."
It is easy to take part. Go to the Amnesty International website by clicking here and follow the instructions and guidance. Change a life!
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