James Cook University Medical School students fly kites for rights
Kites of all shapes, colours and types flew high over The Strand this weekend, in an event organized to help raise awareness of human rights.
A group of second-year James Cook University Medical School students coordinated a Kites for Rights display last Saturday, organized to help raise awareness of human rights.
Kites for Rights is an annual event held across the world to celebrate the pursuit of human rights, and the local students will be running the Townsville branch activity.
Student organizer Charlotte Durand said the event was organized by a group of six students who are passionate about raising awareness of human rights inequalities throughout the world and in Australia.
“Every child born into our world deserves the opportunity to share in the vast richness it has to offer; it is the right of all people, purely by virtue of their humanity,” she said. “Yet too often throughout the world, human rights are ignored, robbing billions of people of the opportunities they have ample claim to.
“This repeatedly leads to progressive disempowerment and even to death. We have the chance to stop this. We believe it is time to seize it.”
So why the kites?
“We will be flying kites in order to show our support for the people working towards improvement and empowerment, and to symbolize the invisible strength of determination for change.”
Charlotte said the event aimed to advocate for human rights in general, as well as each year addressing a particular violation of human rights.
“This year, the theme covers key issues in women’s health around the world. We need your help to generate action towards improving what is currently a very poor situation,” she said. “We believe that everyone deserves to have their rights honoured, no matter who they are, where they live or what gender they are.”
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