Our Committees

Days of Rights Committee

Write for Rights Committee

Movies that Matter

Activism Committee

Refugee Committee

Fundraising Committee

Spring and Fall Committees

Education Committee

Spring Committee applications are opening in December!

Days of Rights Committee

The Days of Rights Committee organizes 3 events per year: the International Day of Human Rights, International Women’s Day, and the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia. As a member of this committee, you will help raise awareness of human rights to students and the general public of all ages through lectures, information markets, and workshops. You will collaborate with other student groups, public institutions, and local advocacy groups.

Write for Rights Committee

Every year, to mark Human Rights Day on December 10th, hundreds of thousands of people around the world write letters and sign online petitions. These messages help convince government officials to release people wrongfully imprisoned, support human rights defenders, stop torture, commute death sentences, and end other human rights abuses. Writing letters has always been one of Amnesty’s main ways to get the attention of people in power about human rights issues in their region. This committee will meet once a month for a writing session and for 4 lectures throughout the year.

Movies that Matter

Movies That Matter is a long-standing committee that has always been popular. This committee organizes a monthly movie screening of a human rights-related film. The main task of the committee is to find a suitable speaker for the evening and to promote the event in Groningen. Examples of previous movies screened are “I am Nojoom, Aged 10 and Divorced,” and “On the Bride’s Side”.

Activism Committee

This committee closely follows the human rights violations, movements, and developments about human rights issues especially in the NL and Europe and plans active protests, petitions, and awareness events. Such past events include Groningen’s participation in ‘Kijk Niet Weg’ (Don’t Look Away) petition, involvement in Women’s March and LGBTQ protests.”

Refugee Committee

This committee works with local refugee organisations to raise awareness about refugees. As a member, you will help organize various events throughout the year. Past events include a language café with local refugees where Groningers meet local refugees and exchange conversations in Dutch, and refugees’ mother languages, as well as learning about each other’s cultures. There were dinners for refugees living in Groningen, a showcase of paintings by refugee children of what they thought of as their ‘past-present-future’, refugee camp visits, and a storytelling evening.

Fundraising Committee

The main task of this committee is to find new and creative ways to fundraise for our student group. This can be done in many ways (flea markets, a pub quiz, bake sales, popcorn sales at our movie events, sponsors, parties… be creative!). The committee is also responsible for organizing and coordinating the “Collection Week” in March, where all student groups across the Netherlands collect money for Amnesty International. 

Spring and Fall Committees

Will you only be in Groningen for one semester, but still want to get involved? Then this committee is perfect for you. Members of this committee are urged to really get creative and come up with their own project to work on together during the six months. Previous year this committee organized a self-defense course in honor of Egyptian human rights defender Azza Soliman, and participants also signed a petition for her cause after the course.

Education Committee

The purpose of this committee is to educate children about Amnesty International and human rights-related topics. You will give presentations in primary and secondary schools to inform children, therefore all members of this committee must speak Dutch.

Descriptions of the committee positions

Chair

The chair of a committee, has a leading, supervising, and coordinating role. As the chair, you will be coordinating tasks and activities with your committee while keeping the mission and vision of Amnesty in mind. You will also be representing your committee by maintaining communication with the board.

Other tasks:

  • Motivating and inspiring the members of the committee.
  • Chairing meetings.
  • Making sure everyone in the committee is in harmony and doing their part.

Secretary

The secretary of a committee has an administrative role.  As secretary you will be responsible for taking notes during meetings and editing them.  Further, you will be in charge of handling, archiving, and organizing the emails, drives, and other documentation. As a secretary, it is important to be organized, diligent, and aware of the Amnesty International policies that guide our group.

Other tasks:

  • Supporting board members.
  • Maintaining records of meetings.
  • Developing of agenda during meetings.

Treasurer

The treasurer of a committee has a financial and administrative role. As a treasurer you are responsible for creating a budget plan for your committee’s planned events, keeping record of the committee’s finances during the year, and preparing financial statements.  This means having an overview of all the activities of the committee, bookkeeping when necessary, and filling in financial reports. A treasurer should be organized, diligent, strict, be aware of Amnesty International financial policies, and know how to work with excel.

Other tasks:

  • Maintaining communication with the board treasurer.
  • Preparing and delivering financial year report to the board.

Public Relations Officer 

The PR Officer of a committee is responsible for the communication of the committee towards external and internal stakeholders. You will be in charge of promotion and the public image of the committee. A PR officer should be social media savvy and have basic knowledge of editing programs and graphic design. The PR Officer writes paragraphs explaining the activities of the committee two-three weeks before they take place as well as designing a poster for them.

Other tasks:

  • Dealing with public inquiries.
  • Designing promotional materials for the committee such as posters for events.

Press Commissioner 

The Press Commissioner of a committee has the responsibility to prepare reports of the committee activities, as well as taking photos / videos of them to present in the website and the monthly newsletter of AISG. Press commissioners take notes of the highlights during the activities their committees organize.

Other tasks:

  • Working closely with the PR Officer to make plans to promote  and present the activities of the committee in the best way possible.