Human Rights Office celebrates 20 years in the community
By Rosie Hales, Communications Officer
This week, the Human Rights Office (HRO) at Queen’s celebrates its 20th anniversary by hosting activist and artist Faith Ringgold for a keynote speech, and unveiling two mosaics created by over 140 artists from the Queen’s, Kingston and greater-Kingston communities.
Over 200 people were expected to join in the celebration at Grant Hall on Thursday, September 19. All faculty, students, staff and community members are welcome to attend.
“For us, twenty years in the community is something worth celebrating because it is a real demonstration of how engaged people are with these [human rights] issues,” says Irene Bujara, director of the Human Rights Office.
The two mosaics being unveiled will follow the theme women’s strength in the wake of gender based violence.
“The overwhelming response we’ve had to our calls to participate in the Woman Recreated mosaic project shows you just how much people want to be involved in making their community more welcoming, inclusive and equitable,” says Ms. Bujara.
Throughout the HRO’s time at Queen’s, human rights advisors have been giving confidential advice and providing education concerning human rights issues. The HRO also collaborates with the Alma Mater Society (AMS) and Campus Security to run the “End to Hate Project” which provides support, information and resources to those who have experienced hateful acts.
Positive Space stickers seen around campus are also co-sponsored by the HRO. The Office, along with Positive Space Committee volunteers, helps to run information sessions for those who wish to participate in the creation of queer-positive spaces on campus.
Additionally, the HRO administers the University’s Human Rights Initiative Award which recognizes projects that have helped advance human rights at Queen’s each year.