Human rights organization Amnesty International USA and live music startup Sofar Sounds hosted an event featuring stripped-down performances by Lauren Jauregui and singer-songwriter Victory Boyd at a surprise popup at General Assembly in New York City on Saturday (Dec. 8).
Entitled Write For Rights, the event was hosted in pursuit of justice for eleven female human rights defenders who are under threat due to their social action.
“At a time in our collective history when the importance of using our voices to affect change can’t be overstated, I’m really excited to partner with Amnesty International for an event that’s encouraging people of all ages the world over to speak up against human rights abuses,” said the former Fifth Harmony member in a statement. “The 11 incredible women across the globe that we’re advocating for have spoken up and acted out on behalf of some of the most pressing issues of our time, and I want to encourage everyone to do their part as well.”
The event included a letter-writing session in which attendees penned notes to government officials in support of specific human rights cases within the U.S. and rest of the world. Write For Rights also featured guest speakers including actress Alysia Reiner (Netflix’s Orange is the New Black), Violett Beane (CW’s The Flash) and model Denise Bidot.
Victory Boyd opened for the 175-member crowd with an acoustic set of originals from her debut album, The Broken Instrument, and finished with a cover of the ’64 jazz hit “Feeling Good.” Jauregui followed with a performance of “More Than That” and a cover of John Lennon’s “Imagine” on what marked the anniversary of his passing. She closed with a rendition of her October-released “Expectations.”
Last year’s letter-writing human rights campaign generated 5.5 million actions on behalf of 11 individuals. The messages over time have helped free tens of thousands of people who have been imprisoned solely for peaceful displays of their beliefs.
View pictures of Jauregui’s performance from the event below.
Thank you @sofarsounds & @amnestyusa for having me at the #Write4Rights event! It was such an exhilarating energy in the room. All 11 women honored for their brave work in the pursuit of women’s rights around the world are so inspiring. Anyone interested in doing their part should visit the organization’s website AMNESTYUSA.ORG and click the “TAKE ACTION” link (in my story) to write a letter and save a life. Every year, Amnesty hears back from former prisoners of conscience, and human rights defenders who have suffered greatly that Write for Rights saved their lives and gave them hope. Be part of the solution?–