LABCITOYEN - Débattre sur les droits de l’homme à Paris : une expérience « inoubliable » [en]

La quatrième édition du programme LabCitoyen sur les droits de l’homme, lancé par l’Institut français, rassemblera du 5 au 15 juillet 2015 des jeunes du monde entier.

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A l’aide d’un comité d’experts locaux, l’Ambassade de France en Nouvelle-Zélande sélectionnera prochainement un ou une jeune néozélandais(e) pour représenter son pays à Paris. Élaborée en vue de l’organisation à Paris de la COP21, cette édition intitulée "les droits de l’homme face aux défis de l’environnement" portera sur les conséquences du dérèglement climatique pour les sociétés et les menaces qu’il fait peser sur le respect des droits de l’homme dans le monde.

En attendant le lancement de l’appel à candidatures fin février, retour sur l’édition de 2014 avec la lauréate Julia Reynolds :

"This July I had the privilege of being selected by the Embassy of France to represent New Zealand at the LabCitoyen Human Rights Programme in Paris, France. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity brought together 82 youths from 60 countries as diverse as Nigeria, the Philippines, Israel, Ukraine, Mexico, Haiti, Pakistan, China, the Dominican Republic and Bangladesh. The programme included debates, speaker panels, lectures and visits to relevant human-rights related institutions.

LabCitoyen was an invaluable experience as my overall career aspiration is to help disadvantaged women, children and ethnic minorities to exercise their basic human rights and access the justice system both in New Zealand and overseas. It allowed various opportunities for participation where I was able to present New Zealand’s perspective and our human rights record on a global platform. I was also able to better engage with human rights issues on an international scale and foster a deeper understanding of the subject, which introduced me to specialist knowledge and alternative perspectives and approaches to topics (such as violence, intolerance and discrimination) that I could bring back to implement in our own community.

The opportunity to network with other motivated, like-minded youths was incredible. It is important for New Zealand to form and maintain these international relationships, and to this end I set up a social media group where my group regularly keeps in touch. Even after the programme has finished, we continue to strengthen our global connections.

The programme brought together youth from a wide variety of backgrounds : ethnically, culturally, politically and socially, which exposed me to a variety of perspectives from all around the world. This allowed me to gain greater insight into the ideas and customs of other countries, which will be particularly beneficial for when I am working on the international stage.

Altogether the programme was an incredible opportunity for my human rights knowledge, global awareness and international relationship-building. I would strongly urge all young French-speakers to apply, as it is a once-in-lifetime experience that you will never forget.

LabCitoyen 2014 - "inoubliable".

En 2013, Helen Griffith avait représenté la Nouvelle-Zélande.
Vous pouvez voir son témoignage ICI.

Dernière modification : 08/12/2015

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