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 to the world of U.S foreign policy and its invasive impacts on vulnerable communities in third world countries. Inspired by my first contact with politics, I combined my passion for writing with my desire to pursue a meaningful career, resulting in my Bachelor of 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. As a global citizen, I feel responsible to take action and partake in social causes through the power of storytelling. 

Fraser Bignell
Creative Director
I’m a visual designer currently based in Melbourne. I’ve lived, volunteered and worked in different corners of the world and enjoy immersing myself in diverse, unknown environments. Learning about anthropology and contributing to human rights are huge parts of my life and I aspire to launch a successful NGO or social enterprise before I turn 30.
Thomas Abildgaard
Associate Editor
 
I am a freelance writer and Master of International Relations based in Melbourne. As a writer and political thinker, I am primarily concerned with the causal intersections between human rights abuses, climate change, global capitalism, food security, and the ever looming threat of nuclear annihilation. 

That seems like enough for now! 

My work has covered topics ranging from an expose on a litigious Australian sci-fi cult to naming and shaming the multi-nationals profiteering through their provision of poor services, safety and outcomes for our prisoners and communities, from a dissection of the bad beer and grotesque masculine charade at the heart of Australian pub culture, to some really dry stuff about organic agriculture in India. 

 
As a result of my research into climate change and my anti-capitalist politics, I have become invested in sustainable living and permaculture as a contribution towards self-liberation and building community. My house is now full of a wealth in beer, mead, beetroot kvass, kimchi, sauerkraut, pickles, etc, and my garden is full of green things growing out of the dirt. I still hate getting dirt on my hands and sustainable living in the middle of Melbourne is a work in progress.

 

Kiki Havos
Artist

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.

 

Holly Voigt
Writer
I am a Meanjin intern based in Naarm-Melbourne with writing in Going Down Swinging and shortlisted for the 2018 Newcastle Short Story Award. I am passionate about intersectionality, in advocacy and everywhere else. As a queer person and a feminist from a working class background, my interest in advancing human rights is not particularly remarkable.
 
Rosalyn Wood
Writer
I have an Arts/Law degree from the University of Melbourne and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Leo Cussen Centre for Law. Initially I wanted to follow the traditional path of a lawyer, but now I think I would prefer to do something in the not-for-profit sector, especially in the area of human rights and/or mental health. It’s said that a person becomes less idealistic about their ability to create change as they grow older, but with me I think it’s the opposite. I would also love to do more travelling and am looking forward to a 3-week trip to Malaysia this year.
 
In my spare time, I enjoy reading, watching documentaries, and wandering around Melbourne’s many beautiful parks. 
 
Charlotte Pearce
Artist

I am a designer and artist based in Sydney and am currently studying at UNSW Art & Design. I am inspired to contribute to a cultural movement towards social good. I intend to develop a career where I can work collectively to set humane and ethically driven values for the world in which we live and love. In my spare time I travel, I set out to see the world and help where I can.

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.