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#Roeactivism – 16 days, 16 students, one university

Today [25 November] marks the beginning of #Roeactivism, a campaign led by the Department of Social Sciences and the Crucible Centre for Human Rights Research, to raise awareness of human rights issues that Roehampton students are passionate about.

Posted: 25 November 2013

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As part of the global 16 Days of Activism initiative, sixteen students are being asked to pick a day and take action on a topic that they are interested in, ranging from violence against women, political prisoners, and freedom from torture and slavery to immigration rights. We are allowing students to get creative and take action for human rights in any way they choose, from designing a poster, blogging, making a film or joining a protest.

Today’s launch coincides with International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. This 16-day period also highlights other key dates including 29 November (International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People), 1 December (World AIDS Day) ending on 10 December (Human Rights Day).

At the end of the 16 days, students will attend a high profile event in Westminster on Human Rights Day [10 Dec]. This event, co-organised by Crucible, will include internationally respected speakers such as Baroness Helena Kennedy QC and Imran Khan who will draw on the importance of the UK Human Rights Act for all people, citizens and non-citizens, in the UK.

In an apt start to #Roeactivsim, Ferya Tas (PhD candidate, Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London and Visiting Lecturer in Criminology, University of Roehampton) gave a talk titled 'Honour Based Violence: Social and Legal Challenges'. The aim of her presentation was to highlight the relationship between the State law and customary law of Turkey in terms of honour-based violence.

Dr Michele Lamb, director of Crucible said: “Roeactivism is about our students telling everyone that they care about human rights issues and demonstrating this in their own unique way. We have a full calendar of activities and seminars. During the 16 days of activism- what will you do?”

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