The UNHCR is offering a Community Based Protection Internship; operating within such a prominent organization you will have the chance to mean the difference: many hands make light work!

 

For more opportunities go to: International Organizations

 

Organization: UNHCR; the UN refugee agency, is a global organization committed to saving lives, protecting rights, monitoring the conditions of refugees, stateless people, forcibly displaced communities.

 

Duty Station: Nicosia, Cyprus

 

Open To: Students/Graduates

 

Timeframe:  2019-11-24

 

Deadline: not mentioned

 

Job description: The intern will support the protection (Community-Based) unit of the UNHCR office in all relevant activities, with a particular focus on projects related to CBP activities. 

The intern will have the opportunity to strengthen and deepen the knowledge learned during university studies through his/her work experience.The intern will be trained and supported in his/her work.



Qualifications: Be a recent graduate (completed studies within one year) or current student in a graduate/undergraduate school programmed from a university or higher education facility accredited by UNESCO and have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies in a field relevant or of interest or the work of the Organization (i.e International Development, Cultural Studies, Human Rights, International Social Work, Social Science, Psychology, Political Science, Anthropology, International Law or other clearly related disciplines);

 

Wage/Fees: Internship are not remunerated but are entitled to receive food and local transportation allowance

 

Application process: To apply please download the Personal History Form (PHF) and Supplementary Sheet. Then signup/login and complete the online application form. 

 

Useful links:  offer page, UNHCR general website

 

Contact Information: For application-related queries please write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., noting 'Protection Internship' in the subject line.

 

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UN Human Rights Office provides assistance in the form of technical expertise and capacity-development in order to support the implementation of international human rights standards on the ground. It assists governments, which bear the primary responsibility for the protection of human rights, to fulfil their obligations and supports individuals to claim their rights. Moreover, it speaks out objectively on human rights violations.

 

For more opportunities go to: International Organizations

 

Organization: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the leading United Nations entity on human rights

 

Duty Station: Geneva

 

Open To: graduates (Advanced university degree)

 

Timeframe:  not mentioned

 

Deadline: 30th November 2019

 

Job description: the Associate Human Rights Officer will be responsible for, or assist with the following duties: services the meetings of human rights expert bodies. Researches and collects information pertaining to human rights matters, including their gender dimensions from a variety of data sources to keep abreast of issues/events and provide up-to-date information; assists in the analysis of information, to include the impact on the countries and thematic mandates on the human rights situation in assigned area. Maintains awareness of current human rights issues, to include relevant political and legal developments in the country(ies) concerned. Participates in human rights training programmes for national law enforcement officials, representatives of the civil society and human rights non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Reviews human rights issues, including their gender dimensions, and participates in discussions with other Human Rights Officers (HROs) on the integration of these issues into political, humanitarian and economic efforts and programmes.

 

Qualifications: Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in law, political science, international relations, social sciences or related field is required. A first-level university degree (Bachelor's degree or equivalent) in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in human rights is required. For the positions advertised, fluency in English or French, (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage; knowledge of human rights issues and ability to identify related problems in their political, ethnic, racial, gender equality and socio-economic dimensions. Knowledge of institutional mandates of human rights organizations, prevailing policies and procedures. Research and analytical skills, including ability to identify and participate in the resolution of human rights issues. Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals.

Wage/Fees: paid

 

Application process: go on the offer website, click the button “Apply now” and fill out the form with your personal data. Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

 

Useful links: United Nations Application; United Nations Careers

 

Contact Information: United Nations

 

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If you, like Street Child, believe that achieving universal basic education is the single greatest step that can be taken towards the elimination of global poverty, this is your chance to make a difference.



For more opportunities go to: International Organizations

 

Organization: Street Child is a charity dedicated to empowering some of the most vulnerable children in the world by giving them the chance to go to school and their families the sustainable means to keep them there. In order to achieve its objectives, Street Child has adopted a strategy that focuses three key areas that help children to realise their rights, in particular to a good basic education, by running projects focused on a combination of education, child protection and livelihoods support.

 

Duty Station: Barcellona, Spain

 

Open To: Spanish/Italian/French/German/Dutch/Danish native speaker 

 

Timeframe:  Starting February 2020, 6 months but 5 or 4 months can get discussed

 

Deadline: Not specified

 

Job description: With this stage you will gain valuable experience for your CV by working on a wide variety of tasks and through the regularly provided training sessions, giving you the chance to improve both your professional and personal skills. Street Child will also provide assistance in applying for grants like Erasmus+. 

More specifically, you will be part of a small team led by the EU Development and Marketing Manager. Below are some examples of the responsibilities, but you will spend 60% of his/her  time on the first 2 tasks:

 

  •     Fundraising research: find and contact new funding prospects including trusts, foundations and major donors.
  •     Foundations proposal writing: write funding proposals for trusts and foundations using knowledge of previous, current and upcoming Street Child projects.
  •     Marketing and Communications: promote local and international events, update the website, manage digital marketing, email marketing and social media.
  •     Volunteer coordination: manage the existing volunteer base and help recruit new volunteers to the network.
  •     Business development: build and manage collaborations and partnerships with other organizations and companies. 
  •     Event management: support planned events and develop new ideas.

 

 

Qualifications: 

  •     Key characteristics: self-motivated, pro-active and innovative thinking with the ability to use initiative and work independently. Interest in the non-profit sector and in Street Child’s mission. A willingness to be flexible, have fun and enjoy a laugh with the team!
  •     Areas of university studies, include but are not limited to: marketing, international relations, human rights, development, economics, or global affairs.
  •     Skills: excellent communication skills in a professional manner via telephone and email. A native Spanish/Italian/French/German/Dutch/Danish level and professional English skills are required.

 

Useful informations: Providing a letter of recommendation from a previous professional experience is a plus. Due to the office set-up, it is recommend that you bring your own laptop to work.

 

Wage/Fees: Unpaid

 

Application process: Please, click on this link, fill in the form and send a CV and a cover letter in English to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You will be contacted by the recruitment coordinator shortly.



Useful links: Street Child homepage

 

Contact Information: For further informations, please contact Street Child by email in German/English to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., in French/English to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,  in Italian/English to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 



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Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) è alla ricerca di candidati creativi, organizzati, appassionati e laboriosi per un tirocinio di advocacy di sei mesi a tempo pieno, a partire da luglio / agosto 2019, con sede a Dublino, in Irlanda. Cogli questa opportunità e inizia a lavorare per un'organizzazione internazionale!

 

Per opportunità simili visita la sezione: Europa.

 

Ente: Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) promuovono la consapevolezza e il sostegno alla democrazia e ai diritti umani in Bahrein e Medio Oriente.

 

Dove: Dublino, Irlanda.

 

Quando: Tirocinio di advocacy di sei mesi a tempo pieno, a partire da luglio / agosto 2019.

 

Destinatari: Laureati.

 

Scadenza: NS.

 

Descrizione dell’offerta

  • Ricercare crisi e questioni relative ai diritti umani nella regione del Golfo Arabico e le loro relazioni con il quadro giuridico internazionale in materia di diritti umani;
  • Progettazione di documenti programmatici e lettere di patrocinio al parlamento irlandese e al Ministero degli affari esteri a sostegno della missione dell'ADHRB;
  • Assistere nei preparativi dell'ADHRB per impegnarsi con il Consiglio dei diritti umani delle Nazioni Unite;
  • Partecipare e riferire su eventi, briefing e altre riunioni pertinenti presso il parlamento irlandese e il ministero degli Affari esteri durante le sessioni legislative e parlamentari;
  • Partecipare alle riunioni con attori nazionali e internazionali, comprese le ONG, per discutere dei diritti umani in Bahrein;
  • Partecipare alle riunioni con i responsabili politici per discutere dei diritti umani in Bahrein e nella regione del Golfo Arabico;
  • Organizzare eventi e panel nelle università locali e in parlamento per informare i responsabili politici, i partner delle ONG e i membri del pubblico;
  • Rafforzare i partenariati nazionali delle ONG attraverso un coordinamento e una cooperazione regolari;
  • Supportare le attività sui social media e fornire supporto amministrativo ove necessario.

 

Requisiti: Il candidato ideale sarà attualmente iscritto a un corso di laurea e disporrà di una laurea in Scienze politiche, relazioni internazionali, diritto o in un settore correlato con:

  • Capacità di lavorare in modo indipendente con una supervisione minima;
  • Motivazione, forti capacità organizzative e capacità di self-starting;
  • Competenza in Microsoft Office e piattaforme social media, in particolare Twitter;
  • Un interesse per il Medio Oriente e il Nord Africa, o per la promozione della democrazia e dei diritti umani;
  • Capacità di impegnarsi a tempo pieno - fino a 40 ore settimanali.

 

Lingue e località:

  • I candidati devono avere una buona conoscenza dell'inglese scritto e parlato;
  • I candidati devono risiedere a Dublino.

 

Retribuzione: Tirocinio non retribuito. 

 

Guida all’application: Invia ad ADHRB il tuo CV e la lettera di motivazione in formato PDF denominato SURNAME_Name_CV-CL a This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. con oggetto European Advocacy Intern.

 

Link utili

Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB)

Offerta

 

Contatti Utili:  

Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain

Indirizzo: 1001 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 205, Washington, D.C. 20036

Tel.: (202) 621-6141

Tel. (international): +001 (202) 621-6141

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Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) is seeking creative, organized, passionate, and hard-working applicants for a full-time six month Advocacy Internship, starting in July/August 2019, based in Dublin, Ireland. Take this opportunity and start working for an international organization!

 

For more opportunities go to: Europe

 

Organization: Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) fosters awareness of and support for democracy and human rights in Bahrain and the Middle East.

 

Duty Station: Dublin, Ireland. 

 

Open To: Graduates. 

 

Timeframe: Full-time six month Advocacy Internship, starting in July/August 2019. 

 

Deadline: NS.

 

Job description

  • Research human rights crises and issues in the Arab Gulf region and their relations to the international human rights legal framework;
  • Draft policy papers and advocacy letters to the Irish parliament and Ministry of Foreign Affairs in support ADHRB’s mission;
  • Assist in ADHRB’s preparations for engaging with the United Nations Human Rights Council;
  • Attend and report on events, briefings, and other relevant meetings in the Irish parliament and Ministry of Foreign Affairs during legislative and parliamentary sessions;
  • Attend meetings with international and national actors, including NGOs, to discuss human rights in Bahrain;
  • Attend meetings with policymakers to discuss human rights in Bahrain and the Arab Gulf region;
  • Organize events and panels at local universities and in parliament to brief policymakers, NGO partners, and members of the public;
  • Strengthen national NGO partnerships through regular coordination and cooperation;
  • Support social media activities and provide administrative support where needed.

 

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will be currently enrolled in a graduate program and have an undergraduate degree in Political Science, International Relations, Law, or a related field with:

  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision;
  • Motivation, strong organizational skills, and ability to be self-starting;
  • Proficiency at Microsoft Office and social media platforms, in particular Twitter;
  • An interest in the Middle East and North Africa, or democracy and human rights promotion;
  • Ability to commit full-time – up to 40 hours per week.

Languages and Location:

  • Candidates must be fluent in written and spoken English;
  • Candidates must be based in Dublin.

 

Wage/Fees: Unpaid internship. 

 

Application process: Please send ADHRB your CV and cover letter in PDF format named SURNAME_Name_CV-CL to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with subject line European Advocacy Intern.

 

Useful links:  

Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB)

Offer

Contact Information:

Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain

Address: 1001 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 205, Washington, D.C. 20036

Tel.: (202) 621-6141

Tel. (international): +001 (202) 621-6141

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Now more than ever is really important remember the work of a great historical figure that has fought for his ideas: Nelson Mandela.


In an age where boundaries among Countries are becoming deep ruts that mark humanity, where differences among cultures and people are drawn as a wave of threat for the integrity of a Country, where social and ethnic prejudices reign supreme, is our duty remember who has fought for human rights, against racism and segregation, in favour of peace and equality.


Declared in 2009 by United Nations, Mandela Day is celebrated every 18 th of July, birthday of the South African activist.
Patient and determined man, Nelson Mandela was the symbol of anti-racism: he became the first black head of state of South Africa, he was the leader of anti-apartheid and thanks to him his Country became free and democratic.
While he was serving his life sentence in jail caused by his membership to the African National Congress, “Nalson Mandela Free” was shouted by many anti-apartheid activists.


In 1990 complaints were so powerful that freedom was restored to the one who lived and defended freedom.
In 1993, at the age of 74, Nelson Mandela won Nobel Peace Prize, not until received Sakharov Freedom of Tought Prize in 1998 and Lenin Peace Prize in 1990.


The name given at his birth was actually Rolihlahla that means “troublemaker” and not Nelson, given later at elementary school.
And after all, he caused trouble to the white domination government of South Africa, making people free from prejudice and evil, teaching the importance the defence of freedom of thought.


«I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society.»

 


Edited by Valeria Verna

Join Maximo Nivel for an interesting Human Right Internship in Latin America focused on social justice and human empowerment and immerse yourself into an international community, learning about the impact of culture, social values, gender and ethnicity.

 

For similar opportunities go to: International Organization

 

Organization: Maximo Nivel was funded in 2003. It the leading organization in study abroad and educational travel in Latin America. It is an internationally-accredited organization with 4 local institutes in 3 of the world’s most beautiful countries: Costa Rica, Guatemala and Peru.

The most important role is to bring structure, organization and quality service to the internship program. We work with more than 5,000 students, volunteers, clients, and travelers every year. Our success is based on our commitment to quality and the highest level of client service. At Maximo Nivel, we continuously invest in professional staff and first-class facilities to ensure you have a great experience!

We follow the Standards of Good Practice from the Forum on Education Abroad and the Forum’s Code of Ethics for Education Abroad.



Duty Station: Costa Rica, Guatemala, Peru

 

Open To: those strongly interested in social fields like development, equality, justice, human rights and social responsibility. In particular, they are looking for people with international background.

 

Timeframe: not given

 

Deadline: open all the year

 

Job description: the trainee will contribute to work with change agents and other social workers and he will help with community outreach, education, research and fundraising.

 

Qualifications:

  • at least 18 years of age;
  • enrolled in Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Social Work, Anthropology, or related discipline;
  • intermediate Spanish language skills are required;
  • final project required;
  • hard working, ready to jump in and contribute;
  • positive mindest;
  • able to be creative with limited resources.

 

Wage/Fees: according to the different destination programs, candidates can find different fees on the website.

 

Application process:  if you want information only, you can use the contact form or you can schedule a live call with a program advisor. To apply now for your program fill out the registration form here: Application Form

    

Useful information:  if your Spanish language skills are not at this level, the organization offers online Spanish classes in order to bring your skills up to the appropriate level and ensure your success. You can also find other amazing internship opportunities in other fields: education, hospitality & tourism, medical, micro- business, special education, veterinary science and customized internships. In addition, you can apply for Volunteer Programs concerning Eco- Agriculture, Animal Care, Medical & Healthcare, Teaching English, Construction, Sea Turtles Conservation and so on.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

 

Useful links: Link to the Human Rights Internship

 

Contact Information:

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 "Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home -- so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. [...] Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world." -- Eleanor Roosevelt

 

Today, December 10th, the International Human Rights Day occurs just as every year. It is an important day for human beings, all of them, and despite those rights  being also known as fundamental rights of every human being, men, women, children, without making differentiations based on race, gender, language, religion ... unfortunately they are not yet recognized as they should. That 10th of December 1948, when the United Nations Assembly proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was drawn up by people with different and distant cultural backgrounds, we have been shown instead how we can be aware of what is right or wrong and how we can be united after a tragic and wearying event like World War II. This December 10th though adds something more; the Universal Declaration of Human Rights celebrates its 70th birthday. This merry event cheers us up a little and reminds us that this valuable document based on dignity, equality and respect towards and for all individuals, affects us closely and if we get to know it and appreciate it will empower us to assert our most important rights and values. The United Nations commemorates this day with numerous events around the world; from Europe to Africa, from the United States to Asia and back to South America. These events can be consulted on the website edited ad hoc by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights - OHCHR - which promotes the 'Stand up 4 Human Rights' campaign which, in this digitalized era, has been diligently furnished with the related tag #Standup4humanrights. In Italy this day  will also be commemorated in 80 Italian cities by a torchlight procession organized by some of the major well known NGOs such as ActionAid, Amnesty International Italy, Caritas, EMERGENCY, Oxfam, which invite people to join the event which carries the title ‘Diritti a testa alta’, #Dirittiatestaalta, with the message that "today more than ever it is urgent to recover the principles of humanity and civil cohabitation that are the fundamentals of the Declaration and that the rhetoric of fear is trying to dismantle". The list of  the citys' squares is available at this link. We therefore welcome the invitation that the organizations from all over the world pass on to us; let’s use this day to think about the immense power that the Declaration bestows on humanity above all in the valorization of dignity.

 

Edited by Ludovica Mango

 

For curiosities about a breaf history of the Declaration read our article: Human Rights History in pills in the section International Organizations

"All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and must act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. »
This is what is mentioned in the first article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights signed in Paris on December 10th, 1948, whose drafting was promoted by the United Nations for application in all member states. The Declaration of Human Rights is an ethical code of fundamental historical importance: for the first time in the history of humanity, in fact, a document that concerned all the people of the world without distinction was produced; for the first time it was written that there are rights that every human being must be able to enjoy for the only reason of existing. Every year on December 10th the International Day of Human Rights is celebrated, to commemorate the proclamation  of this important document.

The aim of this day is to educate and raise awareness about respect for men as such and to remember the steps taken by society towards the respect of all human beings, against slavery and the abolition of individual rights. It is no coincidence that the day presents itself as a moment of confrontation and reflection to pay tribute to all human rights defenders who, through their actions, struggle to put an end to discrimination and injustice.
In 1993, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) was established to protect and promote human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration.
The Declaration of Human Rights serves as an inspiring muse for another international treaty, namely the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (ECHR); adopted in the Council of Europe and signed in Rome on the 4th of November 1950, it can be defined as the purest and most complete form of protection of human rights, as it is legally binding. This Convention has made possible the creation of the European Court of Human Rights in 1959, which is based in Strasbourg and has as its main objective the respect of the rights established by the same Cedu. To protect human rights in Europe, the European Union Agency for Human Rights was set up in 2007, as an evolution of the European Monitoring Center on Racism and Xenophobia.

Human rights are the foundations of freedom, peace, development and justice and it is essential to make laws to protect and support human rights, just as men and women who are courageously struggling to protect their own and others' rights.

A number of UN peacekeeping operations have a human rights component. In total, UN activities in the field of human rights are currently carried out on the territory of 30 nations. They contribute to strengthening national capacities in the areas of human rights legislation, administration and education; investigate violations that are reported and assist governments in taking corrective measures where they are needed. The International Day of Human Rights is therefore one of the flagship events in the calendar of the United Nations headquarters and is honored with high-profile political conferences and cultural events such as exhibitions or concerts on the subject of human rights. Furthermore, the two most important awards in this field are traditionally attributed in this day, namely the UN Human Rights Prize, awarded in New York, and the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway. We also have links to the Vienna Declaration and Action Program (VDPA) adopted by the Vienna World Conference on Human Rights in 1993; this meeting marked a fundamental moment to reaffirm the importance of the value of cooperation and to develop awareness of the North-South cleavage, as well as constituted a significant turning point in attitudes towards women.
Until now, human rights have rarely figured in the diagnoses or recipes suggested by the international community; instead, it would be good for governments to invest in human rights with the same conviction with which they invest in economic recovery.
The international law is clear: "Whoever you are, wherever you live, your voice counts".

 

Useful Links: some of the international organizations and NGO’s which are involved directly in human rights:

- United Nations Office of the High Commissiones for Human Rights - OHCHR

- European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights

- Corte Europea dei Diritti dell'Uomo

- Amnesty International

- Human Rights Watch

- Human Rights Action Center

- OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights

- Human Rights Without Frontiers

- Asian Human Rights Commision

- African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights

- Council of Europe

 

Read our article dedicated to the International Day of Human Rights: 10th of December 2018: 70 years of Human Rights Day in the section International Organizations





What is that brings more than a hundred young students from all over the world to gather in Rome and spend four days intensively working together? Surely the hope to gain professional skills and access to useful networks, but I think that there is something more that connects all the participants of the International Careers Festival: the idea that we can all learn something from each other, and that our diversity will bring us new ideas and perspectives. We are all human beings, different but so similar to each other, and we know that we all deserve mutual trust and respect. I could bet that all the participants of this extraordinary festival have this same belief, and that’s why so many activities and projects are focused on the topic of Human Rights. Indeed, many of the students have chosen to participate in the International Careers Course or in the Model United Nations to simulate the work of those figures who promote and protect Human Rights, like diplomats, NGOs, and major representative institutions.

Professionals from a wide range of institutions have come to the festival each day, and have been a source of great inspiration; for instance, Giulia Pirozzi, the Individual Activism Officer of Amnesty International Italia. Her experience and success in the field of international cooperation and Human Rights have allowed her to give precious advice both to the International Careers Course participants and to the MUN members. During our interview she has indeed called for more dialogue between various international institutions, and has encouraged the MUN members to develop this aspect in their simulation, to produce a concrete change in the future.

Human Rights are frequently endangered in conflict situations, and for this reason the institutions responsible of handling crisis and conducting military operations must commit to the protection of civil population in these scenarios. Doctor Guillaume Lasconjarias, researcher at the NATO Defense College, has explained that not only NATO is committed to the avoidance of any civilian victim, but is also actively promoting the well being of communities endangered by the war: the Cultural Protection Programs focuses exactly on the preservation of civil heritage and cultural properties, to guarantee that, after the end of conflicts, civilians still have places where to reconnect to their historical and social background.

All the students that participate to the Rome Model United Nations consider the protection and promotion of human rights as an essential feature of the UN, but the ones who are part of the UNHCR committee are especially aware of their importance, since refugees are too often stripped of their liberties, and may suffer terrible abuses. The Italian student Flavia Minelli has chosen to take part in the UNHCR simulation since, as she told us, refugees and displaced people don’t have any kind of representation, and they rely entirely on international organizations. The only way to address the issue is therefore a joint effort between NGOs, governments, and supranational organization like the UN.

In a world where diversity is frequently linked with prejudice and discrimination, the awareness and commitment of these young people are more important than ever. That’s why projects as the International Careers Festival are so significant: they reunite all these young adults, so that they can be inspired by each other, exchange ideas and approaches, and continue their lives even more prepared and motivated. As Malala Yousafzai used to say: “One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world”.

 

Teresa Trallori

Team 5 - Press Game

 

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