The 2020 UN theme for Human Rights Day relates to the COVID-19 pandemic and focuses on the need to build back better. Grave violations and abuses of human rights are being perpetuated at an alarming rate in our society, yet too many people particularly those in power, are hostile or indifferent to these claims. It is only through the inclusion of all voices, of today’s youth, that we can build back better and break the cycle of human rights abuses.
At this event we heard from four remarkable young leaders who had overcome challenging odds and have dedicating their lives to find practical solutions through their deep convictions to heal divisions and work towards a more just and fair future. Speakers addressed the critical role that they play to inspire, equip and empower individuals, policy makers, and organisations to make societal change.
Read about the event in our report.
Professor Gibril Faal is a multi-disciplinary business executive and co-founder/director of GK Partners, which specialises in socially responsible business models, sustainable development, and programme implementation. He has worked as a technical expert with the United Nations, World Bank, University of Oxford and governments across the world.
Oyin runs a multi-faceted organization called Níyó Enterprise, a company that specializes in using creative tools such as hair, beauty, tech and community development to economically empower black women. She is passionate about addressing poverty and using disruptive and high value tools to transform the lives of black women across the world.
Merve is a 25-year-old refugee from Turkey-Masras, currently living in Birmingham. She is the chair of Human Rights Solidarity and on her third year at Coventry University studying law as an aspiring barrister. She is a passionate human rights and community activist.
Rumbi is the Founder of African Youth Arise (AYA) and Human Resources Business Partner for one of the global logistics company. Her experiences as a young African person living in the diaspora initiated a pursuit of positive stimulation and excellence for others of similar background. Rumbi received training, mentorship and experience from IofC UK’s School for ChangeMakers.
Daniela is a former practicing solicitor with 7 years’ experience of criminal law and working with individuals involved in the criminal justice system. Subsequent, to setting up Safe Roots Supported Housing, she was the CEO of POW Nottingham, working with individuals involved in affected by or at risk of becoming involved in sex work.