On the 14th March, GHRD human rights officer Jenny Lundstrom held a lecture on GHRD’s human rights activities in South Asia for students of the programme of human rights studies at Lund University in Sweden. Some 30 first and second year students of this unique multidisciplinary programme were present and engaged in discussion on these issues.
During the first session, the students were introduced to GHRD’s activities and to some of the human rights issues concerning minorities and women in the countries where GHRD is active, with particular emphasis given to practical case studies from local partner organisations in Bangladesh.
The second session focussed on the issue of human trafficking in Nepal and included the screening of the documentary “Sold- a child trafficked” followed by discussion and questions.
Student feedback during and following the lecture was enthusiastic and they particularly appreciated the practical dimension to human rights work and to learn specifically about the situation of human rights in South Asia. The lecture ended with a long Q/A session and discussion of possible internship opportunities at GHRD head office in The Hague.
Following the lecture, the Lund student radio for foreign affairs also conducted a live interview with Jenny about GHRD’s work.
The visit was also an opportunity to finalise a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on student exchange cooperation, recently signed between GHRD and Lund University.