Held over five nights, Sydney will play host to a series of free discussions held by prominent human rights experts. Covering a different topic each night, the Rights Nights series will lead up to Human Rights Day, on December 10th.
Running from December 5th until December 9th, Rights Nights offer a unique opportunity to interact with speakers from non-profits, advocacy groups, and academia.
“The idea for Rights Nights was borne out of my personal experience doing pro bono work, and the realisation I had that many people are actually aware of the rights they have under law,” said Founder and Managing Director of Rights Nights, Suzie Wnukowska‐Mtonga. “I thought that if we could bring organisations and experts working on human rights together with people who want to volunteer and advocate for their rights, we would be giving people the tools to create change,”
With a focus on Australian issues, from the rights of Indigenous Australians, to women’s health, to refugee rights, it is hoped that guests will leave the sessions better equipped to get involved with these issues, with information on local groups and organisations also provided.
Special guest speakers will include Disability Discrimination Commissioner Alastair McEwin; NSW Privacy Commissioner Dr Elizabeth Coombs; Greens Member Dr Mehreen Faruqi; Mark Yettica‐Paulson, Joint Campaign Director of Recognise; Phil Glendenning, the President of the Refugee Council of Australia; and Sarah Hopkins Chair of Just Reinvest.
Sponsored by the Colin Biggers & Paisley Foundation, the Gilbert & Tobin Centre of Public Law, and the University of Sydney, the sessions are free to attend, but registration to secure a place is advised.