Join UN Women in Tasmania for this unique experience, as you Trek for Rights and help create a brighter future for Rohingya refugee women and girls in Bangladesh.
This is your chance to leave everything behind and immerse yourself in the spectacular surrounds of Cradle Mountain National Park. Expert guides will lead you across this ancient landscape, seeking out some of the park’s hidden highlights. With an abundance of wildlife you are likely to encounter Tasmanian devils, quolls, platypus, echidna, wombats and the highly inquisitive black currawong, set amongst mountainous terrain and magnificent views.
Over four days, experience the rare beauty and diversity of Tasmania’s Wilderness World Heritage Area as we traverse sections of the iconic Overland Trail. This stunning wilderness region features a huge diversity of flora and fauna; visit glacially carved lakes, ancient rainforests, fragrant eucalypt forests, golden buttongrass moorlands and beautiful alpine meadows.
Most significantly, by participating in Trek for Rights 2022, you'll raise funds for UN Women's Centres to provide education, training, health and job programs for Rohingya refugee women and girls. You’ll have a special opportunity to virtually connect with some of the Rohingya refugee women and girls in Bangladesh to learn how they find hope, opportunity and security through UN Women’s Centres. A truly soulful experience, you will remember for years to come.
Rohingya people have suffered systematic discrimination and targeted violence in Myanmar for decades. In August 2017, a deadly crackdown on Rohingya Muslims led hundreds of thousands to flee across the border to Bangladesh. They risked everything to escape on foot or by sea, in search of safety and a better life.
Today, more than 900,000 Rohingya refugees live in the largest refugee camp in the world, in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Life in the camp is not easy; conditions are crowded, and safety and security are ongoing concerns. In crises like this one, the needs of women and girls are often forgotten, but not with UN Women. UN Women provides an oasis for Rohingya refugee women and girls through its five Women’s Centres in the camp.
UN Women’s Centres provide education, vocational training, jobs, trauma counselling and a community for Rohingya women and girls. The Centres provide a safe space to connect. They offer information, raising awareness about violence, prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse, child marriage and trafficking.
At UN Women’s Centres, Rohingya women and girls develop leadership skills, are consulted about the running of the camp, and have their voices heard, their needs addressed and their rights protected.
So long as COVID-19 is present in the camp, UN Women’s Centres will employ Rohingya refugee women to deliver prevention and education programs, manufacture and sell reusable face masks, empowering women to help stem the spread of the virus.
The funds you raise through the Trek for Rights 2022 will support the Centres’ education, training, health and job programs for Rohingya refugee women and girls. Your contributions help to ensure Rohingya refugee women and girls get the help they need, when they need it most.
There are many creative and fun ways in which you can fundraise. To help get you started we have created an Online Fundraising Resource Hub containing an A-Z guide of fundraising ideas, “how to” guides for certain events and sample press releases and corporate sponsorship letters. You will also have regular support from the Soulful Concepts team, who will help you develop a fundraising plan tailored to your network. In addition you will also be supported by UN Women Australia.
* Travellers are responsible for valid visas throughout the duration of the trip