Sara Lönegård is a human rights advocate and the founder of Distribute Aid (DA). DA is a non-profit that builds free technology tools to support refugee aid groups. Its mission is to use technology to empower individuals and aid groups to better serve their beneficiaries, in order to uphold the humanity and dignity of newcomers. Distribute Aid is a UN SDG Youth Organisation that focuses on SDG 11: “Sustainable Cities & Communities”.
Since founding DA, Sara has been astonished to learn how easy it is to actually become an entrepreneur. She wishes more people, women in particular, knew how accessible it is to start their own companies or organisations. Through her work in the refugee aid movement, she’s been awestruck to discover the immense impact that a relatively small number of people with very little funding can have. Entrepreneurial youth all over Europe are responding to the refugee crisis with compassion by founding their own refugee aid organisations. These groups provide cheap and nutritious meals, showers, clothes, dignified living spaces, education, entertainment, and even life-saving support for search and rescue operations in the mediterranean. In many cases, this scrappy grassroots movement has been able to do far more than the well funded responses by individual countries, the EU, the UN, and established international aid organisations. And the best part is that women are leading it!
Sara’s talk will describe her own journey founding Distribute Aid and share inspiring stories from the women leading the refugee aid movement. Throughout the talk she will cover topics including:
– the international response to the refugee crisis in Europe
– what it’s like to be a female founder in the tech space and the non-profit sector
– how to start your own organisation to solve a problem you see in the world.
Sara has an MA in International Relations and Politics from the University of Dundee. She was born in Lund, Sweden and currently resides in Belgrade where she is implementing the Distribute Aid solution with local refugee aid organisations.
This event is arranged by the student association for human rights students at Lund University; Människorättsvetare i Lund (MiL).
MiL mainly adress to human rights students, but all members of Studentlund are welcome to this lecture. Though, there´s a limited amount of seating so please attend the event here on Facebook and be there in good time to have your seat guaranteed.
Location: LUX, room B251
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