From Dubbo to Geneva: representing our mob at the UN Human Rights Council
Wednesday 15 April 2020
Recently, Karl Williamson, one of our project managers at AbSec, took some time off to travel to Geneva, Switzerland to be an intern at the United Nations Human Rights Council. Karl shared some of his thoughts with us on the experience.
“I chose to go to the UN Human Rights Council because I really wanted to see how big picture international human rights worked. I wanted to see what type of impact this could have at a community level and how I could use international human rights and the knowledge I would gain to benefit our mob.”
“My time was cut short by three weeks [due to COVID-19], and the Human Rights Council was cut short by a week. While this was disappointing, it was a great experience to be in Geneva during the development of the COVID-19 crisis and to see its international implications. In the three weeks I was at the Human Rights Council I had some great and interesting experiences including; hearing from nations and NGO’s on the international housing crisis, listening to a high-level panel discussion marking the halfway point on the decade for people of African descent, and developing and delivering a statement on behalf of the Australian Government on the topic of Indigenous women as human rights defenders. In delivering the statement, I was privileged to speak about the women in my life who show endless courage and strength in the pursuit of a better life for all Indigenous Australians.”
Ultimately, it was a great experience to be away and to be at the Human Rights Council and to be in Switzerland. I was also very grateful to get home and happy to be back on deck with AbSec doing the work for our community.”