Passion for justice burns within

WHETHER it’s animal cruelty, refugees or human rights you’re passionate about, everyone’s welcome at Amnesty International’s newest group in Mount Druitt.

The group has grown to 10 active members since Cristina Estrada started it a few months ago.

It has taken part in several events and aims to involve the local community.

‘‘Our aim is for our voices to be heard, to pressure the powers to take action against human rights abuses,’’ Ms Estrada, 27, said.

‘‘A lot of people don’t know about us and the work we do. We want to make people aware of the injustices happening around the world and educate the community. Many don’t understand that what is portrayed in the news and media about these issues may not be correct.’’

She developed her passion for social justice while working at Amnesty International as an intern receptionist for two years.

‘‘They were developing local action groups and asked if I wanted to be involved,’’ she said.

‘‘I had since found full-time work but I didn’t want to stop working for Amnesty International.

‘‘We are a diverse group. We have everyone from full-time workers to teachers and mothers.

‘‘If you have a passion for human rights and social justice, you should come along.’’

Ms Estrada has high hopes for the group.

‘‘Everyone who joins the group has the opportunity to express an opinion on how we go about raising community awareness on any issue,’’ she said.

‘‘We hope to collaborate with other community events and agencies such as the WASH House at Mount Druitt.’’

The group meets at The Hub on the first Wednesday of every month. 

Details: Cristina, 0433 696 000.

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