USING WORDS TO CHANGE THE WORLD

“Sometimes a letter can change someone’s life.”

Have you ever heard about something called Write for Rights? No? Then this post is for you.

I recently came across this project on Twitter, and immediately fell in love. Write for Rights is the Amnesty International’s global letter-writing campaign and the world’s biggest human rights event.

Every December, Amnesty supporters across the globe will write millions of letters for those whose basic human rights are being attacked. They are people like us, continuing a long tradition of writing letters to right some of the world’s biggest wrongs. And it’s not just letters – it could be petitions, emails, Tweets, Facebook posts, photos, postcards.

Every year, supporters write two letters. One is to the person in authority – it could be a king, president or head of police – who can help make change happen. And the other letter is to the person (or group of people) we are fighting for, so they know we will never forget them. This year, they’re honoring some of the millions of women rising against injustice – and paying a heavy price as a consequence.

And it actually works! You can read about success stories on their website clicking here.

This year, Write for Rights will run from November 29, International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, until 20 December, International Human Solidarity Day. We should write our letters during this period. You can download the PDF with all the info you need here – the people to write to, their stories, the addresses, sample letters, everything. In addition to sending the letter, you’re encouraged to post a photo of your letter online, using the hashtag #W4R18 and tagging @amnesty so they can see and repost you.

We’re living in dark times. I don’t know about you, but I’m quite frightened about our future on this planet. I have no clue of what to do, how to help, where to look for hope. However, I believe that the real power for change is in the small things. Being kind and showing solidarity can go a long way these days.

The only thing I can actually do is write. So, that’s what I’m gonna do.


» Visit the Write for Rights website and learn what it is all about!
» Download the PDF to see how you can participate!
» Tag me in your posts, I’d love to read your letters!

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