I am Julianne. I’m from Belem, a city in the north of Brazil known as “the doors of the Amazon rainforest”. I am a lawyer studying a Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Multi-Level Governance at the University of Padova, but I have been living in Switzerland for almost two years. As fate would have it, I came to Zurich on a one-year exchange at the University of Zürich. During this time, I had the incredible chance to do an internship at ETH Zurich in the Office of the President (formerly ETH Global). So, Switzerland became home.
Shortly after my stint at ETH Zurich, I found myself with another internship opportunity, this time at the United Nations in Geneva, in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Being in Geneva and participating in diverse high-level sessions, meeting people literally from all of the world and listening to their experiences was unreal to me.
The first month could be described as routine: meetings, sessions, researching and absorbing the knowledge and history of this renowned international organization. Walking at the Palais des Nations, the Palais Wilson, having a window’s view to Lake Geneva… I couldn’t be more grateful. Being part of the UN OHCHR meant getting news every day of human rights violations and many horrors, and for me it was important to continue believing daily that my work mattered to people in need across the globe.