WHO WE ARE
Starting in 2015, Voices for Refugees stands for and with the unspoken. Our aim is to raise awareness and advocate for refugee rights and human rights around the world. Students have the opportunity to discuss, research and take action on issues of importance where disempowered groups have been denied a voice. We also host annual events, our most well known being Write for Rights and World Refugee Day. Finally, we aim to contact and work with various local organisations to educate ourselves further on refugee and human rights, and take direct action to support them. Together, we aim to connect with and give a voice to refugees and marginalised groups all across the world.
Voices for Refugees started in 2015 as a student initiative for the Syrian Refugee Crisis. In solidarity with Amnesty’s own Write for Rights marathon, the students of Voices for Refugees organised the very first Write for Rights in UWCSEA.
In 2016, Voices for Refugees successfully started a second Write for Rights.
During the 3rd Write for Rights event, we launched our website tracker for the letters. We also hosted a talk with guest speaker, Loretta Dalpozzo, a journalist who had just come from the Rakhine State.
We hosted an exhibit for World Refugee Day of that year as well as our 4th Write for Rights event which marks the first year of opening up cases to other focus groups. The event also ran in unison with International Human Rights Day and simultaneously with BIA, Because I Am’s event.
For World Refugee Day 2019, we hosted an event in solidarity with the UNHCR’s Step with Refugees with people stepping with refugees around our campus. We also hosted our 5th Write for Rights, in collaboration with other focus groups with their cases. This also marks the first year we have coordinated with other UWC colleges especially UWC Dilijan, in Armenia to simultaniously run the event.
We cooperated with Coding for Good (a college service) on their hackathon, called Take Hacktion 2020. We created a storyline for the teams to code, and ran a workshop to inform participants on refugee issues.
Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we hosted our 6th Write for Rights remotely, over the span of one week, and involved students from Grade 3 onwards. This was the first year in which we planned the event in collaboration with two other focus groups, Amala and Traffick Light. We also continued to work with Coding for Good on an updated version of the Migrant Trail game.
In 2022, we managed to host a successful film screening, which allowed individuals who hadn’t previously been exposed to the stories of refugees to see the state of their lives and the way in which migrating into Jordan from Syria worked. We also contineud to work with Coding for Good on our refugee journey game, developing a storyline.