Stories of Change from DTP's Alumni

"Respect for human rights is a shared dream that is made real by efforts of individuals working together in their own communities and across borders."

Nayela Akter

DTP Alumni Profile

Nayela participated in the DTP/MFA migrant worker program in Bangladesh in 2015/16. She now works with the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions (APF) managing their EU funded Inter-Governmental Mechanism (IGM) project.

I remember the DTP training vividly. The training was a continuous initiative with some effective results. DTP training brought all the migrant rights NGOs in Bangladesh together to formulate a coherent national advocacy agenda for migrant workers' rights.

Sr Nicola Emmanuel

Sr Nicola Emmanuel, a nun in Sri Lanka, provides legal support, relief, rehabilitation, education and livelihood support to the families of the displaced, “disappeared” and imprisoned in Sri Lanka. One year after the DTP program, Sr Nicola put her training into practice, and took these issues to Geneva for the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council and met the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein.

At the DTP training program we had a role-play on the Human Rights Council in Geneva. It never occurred to me that I will get a real-life experience at United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva to present my case and the issues in Sri Lanka. DTP’s training helped me to take the voices of the victims to Geneva, so that the world could hear them and act.

Mark Munnich

Mark Munnich, a descendent of the Yawuru and Gunwggandji peoples is studying law and working as a community legal educator with the Northern Australia Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA). Mark was subsequently selected to participate in the prestigious UN Indigenous Fellowship Program in Geneva.

DTP program empowered me to share the knowledge I learnt on the program with others and also helped me to secure an Indigenous Fellowship at the United Nations in Geneva.