Contributors

Julija Veljkovic
Editor-in-Chief

My family often call me the 'justice queen', which prompted me to ask the question, why do I have this fierce need to correct the wrongs of this world? It all started with History lessons, where I was first introduced into the world of U.S foreign policy and its invasive impacts on vulnerable communities in third world countries. With a Bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism my interest in the blurry objective lines of war journalism only exacerbated my need to do something, spurring me to test my endurance with Melburnian weather.

Hailing from sunny but ultimately windy Portugal, I completed my Master of International Relations and have since then extensively volunteered in the non-profit sector, dabbling with refugee rights, children rights and women rights. As a writer, I am deeply passionate about human rights, social justice and community development. And as a global citizen I feel responsible to take action and right some of the wrongs out there.

Fraser Bignell
Graphic Designer
I’m a graduate of a double degree in Communication Design and Business Management. I’ve lived, volunteered and worked in different corners of the world and enjoy immersing myself in diverse, unknown environments. Learning about and contributing to human rights and humanitarian aid is a huge part of my life and I aspire to launch an NGO or social enterprise before I turn 30. I train in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, spend loads of time outdoors and constantly strive to learn new things.
Elaine Mead
Head Writer

I am a freelance writer and editor, based in Perth. Human rights and education are my two passions in life and when not working within student support, I volunteer with the Red Cross, delivering workshops in the community about Refugee & Asylum Seeker journeys. I have written widely on a number of topics and believe that educating yourself and creative pursuits have the power to make lasting change in the world. 

When not writing, you will find me escaping phone reception on a hike or planning my next travel adventure. 

Kiki Havos
Artist Director

I'm a student at the University of Melbourne currently undertaking my Masters of International Relations. With a background in film and creative writing, I'm passionate about art advocacy and the need for creative arts within politics. I also admire graphic novels and comic books, and hope to one day create my own, focused around human rights and environmental justice.

In between my studies, I enjoy swimming, music and coming up with ideas for films I'm often too busy to write. 

Ruby Syme
Writer & Artist

I’m a freelance writer and Professional Communications graduate based in Melbourne. Growing up in Alice Springs, I’m passionate about promoting Aboriginal Rights and sharing stories from this unique culture. I love helping to promote the voices of communities and people that are often underrepresented in mainstream media and I believe educating people is key to increasing awareness and improving human rights. I love travelling too, and enjoy widening my perspective by immersing myself in different cultures and experiences. 

Merve OKeefe
Writer

I’m an International Relations graduate who has always had a burning passion for helping others, and being a voice for the unheard is one way in which I feel like I’m doing my little part in making a change. Being English, Irish, Turkish and Bosnian all rolled into one,  I’m always intrigued to learn about new cultures and traditions and I’m therefore always excited to see which new place life will take me. I found my years as a volunteer teacher in Turkey very fulfilling and subsequently became especially interested in refugee rights and eradicating the stigma around immigration.

In my free time you’ll find me travelling, cooking good food, eating said food, and convincing people that Turkish food is the best in the world.

 

Adrienne Ringin
Writer

I am a student at the University of Melbourne and am currently in my final year of the Juris Doctor. I have always had a passion for human rights and hope to utilise my law degree to attain justice for the marginalised and oppressed. Through extensive travel and immersive experiences, I have come to believe that exposure to the unknown is the greatest educative experience one can have. When I’m not studying, I am engrossed in a novel or playing at my local AFL club.

 

Thais Sabino
Thaís Sabino
Writer

I chose Journalism for my life because I wish to make a difference and use my words to fight for a better world. I have been passionate about human rights for as long as I can remember and I advocate for them by writing. I've pursued cases of human rights violations and reported them for various publications in Brazil, where I am originally from. After completing my Bachelor of Journalism, in 2009, I researched human behaviour in mass society for two years, followed Brazilian political protests and interviewed people from minority communities. The study gave rise to a book and to my Master degree in Semiotics Psychoanalytics. In 2016 I moved to Australia, where I want to continue on my path, so being a part of AM-UNITY is an honour.