Sarah Redman, Online Editor, talks to Hannah Parsons, Social Secretary of FXU’s Amnesty International Society, about her plans for 2016.
Photography: Richard Evans, from a recent My Body My Rights event in the Compass.
As 2016 rolls around there are a lot of things to think about; especially the future. Where will you be in the next sixth months? In a year? In five years? For Hannah Parsons, Social Secretary of FXU’s Amnesty International Society, there are many more questions to be raised such as the future of the society and the charity.
Amnesty International, as I am sure you are all aware, is a charity which aims to ‘investigate and expose abuses, educate and mobilise the public, and help transform societies to create a safer, more just world’ (amnestyinternational.org.uk). It is a worthy cause and is involved in a wide variety of news stories such as the refugee crisis, the British arms trade and the bombing in Syria.
So I had a chat with Hannah about all things Amnesty and her aims for the society for 2016.
Why did you join Amnesty International?
I decided to join Amnesty as it has always been something I was interested in. I feel passionate about helping people and really like what the charity stands for and the work they do to help with people human rights. It was also a good opportunity to help raise awareness among the student population on campus
What events do you have for the New Year?
In terms of events we have planned for next year, we will be continuing the ‘my body my right’ campaign and continuing to work closely with fem soc, as we have already had some succesful events with them this term! We are also hoping to do some more small campaign events for ‘Stop Torture’ as this is our other main campaign for the year…So we will do a mixture of bake sales, film screening and general stalls offering information and signing petitions.
Do you have any big events coming up that students can get involved in?
We have a couple in mind… As a society we have had a lot of interest in doing an outdoor cinema. So we are hoping we can make this happen and hopefully work with Film Soc on this to organize a great evening!
But our most exciting event that we will begin to organise after Christmas is Jamnesty! Jamnesty is a live music event which raises money and awareness for the charity at the same time! Think open mic night but better! We hope we can get a lot of other students and societies on board with this as we want it to be our biggest event of the year.
What are your biggest aims for both the society and the charity as a whole?
I think raise awareness and de-stigmatize abortion and sexual rights, bring awareness to torture across the globe. For our society specifically, I think become more involved in the student body and get more involved with other societies. These are our top priorities !
So that’s that, a huge array of fun events and important things to get involved in! If you’re looking for something new to do for 2016, look no further!