UNA USA Event: Youth & Human Rights: Perspectives from the U.S. & Africa


Find out how the youth voice is being heard at the UN and helping it further human rights around the world.

Join UNA-USA today at 5 p.m. ET
for our Nationwide Conference Call

“Youth & Human Rights:
Perspectives from the U.S. & Africa”

discussion and Q&A with

Brooke Loughrin (Boston, Mass.)
First-Ever U.S. Youth Observer at the United Nations


Marlow Svatek (Burkina Faso, West Africa)
2012 Leo Nevas Human Rights Youth Advocate Awardee

TODAY, December 11, 5 p.m. ET 

U.S./Canada Dial-in: 888.395.3240
Passcode: 322917

About our speakers:

Brooke Loughrin is the first-ever U.S. Youth Observer at the United Nations. She is a junior in the Presidential Scholars Program at Boston College where she studies Political Science and Islamic Civilizations and Societies. She is the Editor-in-Chief of Al-Noor: The Boston College Middle East and Islamic Studies Journal, and the Vice President of the Boston College Iranian Culture Club. Brooke is also an Undergraduate Research Fellow. Her research focuses on political cultures of the Middle East; comparative study of religion, civil society, and politics in the Middle East; and Iran’s social history and contemporary domestic politics and foreign relations. In Boston, she volunteers for ACEDONE (African Community Economic Development of New England), Haley House, and in the Education Department of the Suffolk County House of Corrections. Since 2005, she has also volunteered for the Fabric of Life Foundation, based in Seattle, Wa., which works to stop the begging cycle of poor girls on the streets of Mali, Africa. She has studied abroad in Visakhapatnam, India and Dakar, Senegal, and has traveled extensively in Iran, Turkey, Nicaragua, and Tajikistan.

Marlow Svatek is a native of Tampa, Florida, currently serving in the Peace Corps in Burkina Faso, West Africa as a non-formal education volunteer promoting girls’ access to education. Her primary projects include student clubs and camps promoting gender equality, health awareness campaigns focusing on disease prevention and income-generating activities with a local women’s association. Svatek has staffed UNA-USA student conferences in Miami, Tampa, and New York City to promote Model United Nations as a means of educating students in under-resourced schools on global issues and human rights. She has previously interned for the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative in Accra, Ghana where she researched traditional practices such as female genital mutilation, and helped produce a report on the detrimental effects that gold mining companies have on the communities in which they operate. She is a graduate of the University of Miami, and will be attending law school at the University of Chicago in Fall 2013.