Courtenay Forbes - Safeworld Correspondent, Student Liaison Officer and Assistant Editor
I have a lifelong passion and commitment to human rights and a diverse range of experience with several organisations alongside Safeworld, such as Legal Action Worldwide and Freedom From Torture. I am currently developing my career in the human rights and not-for-profit sector.
I graduated from the University of Leicester in 2014, with a BA Hons 2:1 in Ancient History and History. My undergraduate degree allowed me to study ancient societies and cultural traditions, which formed the basis of my knowledge of political systems, welfare systems, and attitudes to gender, religion, sexuality etc.
In 2015, I was awarded a Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) from BPP University London. This has given me a working knowledge of broad areas of English law and the British legal system. I also studied national and international human rights law, conventions and treaties, and wrote an independent research essay on Article 2 ECHR (Right to life) and how far this imposes a positive obligation on member states.
I can speak and write semi-fluent French and I am currently teaching myself Spanish.
I have written in-depth research pieces and interviewed campaigners on many important global human rights issues, such as abortion, maternal health, the death penalty, and the lives of women in displacement areas. I have been made privy to private legal documents and highly sensitive data, for example when writing about imprisoned Ethiopian journalist Reeyot Alemu. I write for Safeworld in my spare time, alongside running the Student Writers Project as Student Liaison Officer, which involves interviewing new recruits, and researching and assigning article briefs. Furthermore, I assist the editorial team with editing articles ready for publication. I have attended many events as a representative of Safeworld, such as the Nominet Awards ceremony, a LAW panel discussion and a private screening of “He Named Me Malala”.
I am particularly interested in women’s issues such as FGM, child marriage, and maternal health. I firmly believe real progress must be made by re-educating societies with strong cultural, religious or ethnical beliefs concerning the treatment of women, and bridging the gap between these traditions and modern-day human rights. The work that Safeworld carries out, I feel, plays a crucial role in maintaining awareness globally about important ongoing issues. Many human rights issues become high profile cases in British news, for example, for a short period of time, but then fade into the background. Thus, it would be easy for many people to assume these issues have been resolved, when in fact they remain a huge problem.
I feel it is of utmost importance that Safeworld continues to provide the platform for such issues for as long as they are prominent issues.
Interviews by Courtenay
- SOS Syrian Children - Helping Those Still in Syria - Interview with Suzy Bochi
- Death Row in Texas - Interview with Attorney, Kelly Hickman
- Women in the Legal Profession - Interview with UK Barrister, Bonike Erinle
- 'I Was Lucky' - Exclusive Interview with Zoya Phan, Burma Campaign UK
- The Forgotten Plight of Pakistan's Women: The Aftermath of the Floods
Report by Courtenay
Articles by Courtenay
- Nigerian barrister's initiative tackles high maternal and infant mortality rates
- Ethiopia's Oppression of Journalists - A Global Concern
- 'Lack of Access to Safe Abortion is Torture'
- Farida Afridi: Paying the Ultimate Price for the Women of Pakistan
- Day of the Girl - A Wake Up Call