IMG_7354I am a Canadian graduate in International Studies at York University in Toronto. The term ‘genocide’ has always meant something to me. My father was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia. Although he had already moved to Canada at the time of the war; growing up, I remember hearing stories of the cruelty and horrific crimes being committed. It stuck with me.

My interest in human rights began in university where I learned about human rights, security and global civil society. Having learned everything that I had, I gained an interest and passion for human rights issues. Being a part of humanity, I felt compelled to help those in need. I began volunteering for the the United Nations Toronto Branch. I joined the human rights committee and helped with their event for the Day of the Girl.

During my studies, I am required to complete an internship. I wanted to intern at an organization which believed in social responsibility and advocacy; this brought me to i-ACT. Currently, I am researching the issue of food insecurity within the Chadian refugee camps holding the displaced people of Darfur. Their rations are being cut. I am investigating why this is happening, what is the impact and how can it be solved.

I am excited to work on the Human Rights Library for the Darfuri refugees. I believe it is important for them to know their rights. If they do not know, they cannot create a change for themselves. Ultimately, change is the refugees responsibility. By possessing basic human rights knowledge they can begin and by possessing the knowledge on creating a lasting change for themselves they can continue. Knowledge is key.

i-ACT because…

I can.

I can make a difference.

I can help change a persons life.

I can be the voice for those who do not have one.