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2016 Castan Centre Annual Appeal
The Castan Centre’s innovative approach to public education and policy and its passion for human rights are redefining how an academic institution can create important and lasting change.
We help to improve human rights law and policy
In 2015, we worked with other organisations to improve the rights of donor-conceived people, legalise adoption by same-sex couples in Victoria and expunge the criminal convictions of men who were found guilty of having consensual homosexual sex before its decriminalisation in Victoria, and our recommendations featured prominently in the final report of the Victorian Charter of Human Rights review. With other groups, we also successfully recommend that a law protecting asylum seekers from being returned to danger was not weakened.
In 2016, we will focus on LGBTI rights, business and human rights, Indigenous rights and reproductive rights among others. Already, we have launched a comprehensive review of the Northern Territory Intervention that was highly publicised in the media, contributed to the debate on expungement of gay sex convictions in Queensland, and started work on the second edition of our world renowned business and human rights handbook, Human Rights Translated.
We educate and galvanise the public
We help to meet people’s need for human rights expertise via opinion pieces, commentary, educational videos and more. In 2015, almost 650 media stories mentioning the Castan Centre and its staff were viewed as many as 800 million times around the world. Our work was also viewed over 5.8 million times on social media.
Our 11 public lectures, roundtables and conferences were attended by an average of over 200 people, and the videos of the events were viewed an average of 850 times on YouTube.
We inspire future leaders
Our prestigious Global Internship Program, together with our moot competition, in-house internship program, and comprehensive careers guide provide unparalleled human rights opportunities for Australian students. They are the human rights leaders of tomorrow, and we take our obligation to educate and inspire them seriously.
Help us to achieve even more
The Castan Centre raises 90% of its income from outside the University, thanks to the support of individuals, foundations and businesses. The University’s support enables every cent you donate to go to the Centre’s programs so that it can have a truly transformative effect on human rights in Australia and overseas.
Thank you for supporting human rights
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