Former Education Director of Rainbow Youth, Aych McArdle has been accepted into the 2016 ISHR Human Rights Defenders Advocacy Programme in Geneva. The programme equips human rights defenders like McArdle, with the knowledge and skills to make strategic use of the international human rights system. Participants also have the opportunity to directly engage in lobbying and advocacy activities at the UN level to effect change on the ground back home. The training programme is chance to build networks, carry out lobbying of UN member States and UN staff, and learn from peers from a range of regions working on a range of human rights issues, McArdle will also be attending the 32nd session of the UN Human Rights Council and the 23rd Annual Meeting of UN Special Procedures, putting the training into action. The costs of the training are mostly covered however McArdle needs to raise money to go towards costs that are not. A keen stitcher, McArdle is currently selling items on their Etsy store page towards, including rainbow crochet bunting and pins for anyone who would like to support their journey.
Credit: GayNZ.com Daily News staff
First published: Tuesday, 10th May 2016 - 1:04pm
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