#RiseUp Celebrating Resilience

The STAND Student Festival 2021 celebrates our collective resilience in the face of these challenges. From the fight for climate justice to social inclusion, gender equality to mental health, the year’s #RISEUP exhibition puts stories of hope, determination and resilience centre-stage.

About the STAND Student Festival 2021  

The last 18 months have been tough on everyone. The impacts of a global pandemic have highlighted just how vulnerable - and unequal - life on earth really is. But amidst the darkness, young people across the globe have continued to rise up for change, working towards alleviating inequality, combating climate change and building a kinder, fairer and more sustainable future for all.  

The STAND Student Festival 2021 celebrates our collective resilience in the face of these challenges. From the fight for climate justice to social inclusion, gender equality to mental health, this year’s #RISEUP exhibition puts stories of hope, determination and resilience centre-stage. 

The Exhibition  

The #RISEUP Exhibition showcases twenty changemakers from around the world who have risen up to take action for positive change. From Ireland to Kenya, Somalia to South Africa, Uganda to Afghanistan, these individuals and collectives have shown courage, creativity and dedication in tackling global challenges across four categories. These are: 

RESILIENCE X CLIMATE ACTION  

From rising sea levels to global warming, overconsumption to the plague of our waste, we know that urgent action is required for the protection of both people and planet. Over the last number of years young people have been at the forefront of the climate movement, rising up to demand real change for us and for future generations. This year’s festival celebrates the resilience of young people in their fight for climate justice. 

RESILIENCE X WOMEN   

Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right but crucial to build a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. Despite challenges in the fight for gender equality, women and girls worldwide have continued to rise up and fight for equal rights, equal pay, and access to sexual and reproductive health. This year’s festival celebrates the resilience of women and girls in building back a better world.  

RESILIENCE X EQUALITY  

Rising inequalities threaten the wellbeing of both people and planet. Globally, those who occupy a minority status from across the domains of race, class, gender, ethnicity, disability and sexual orientation are more likely to experience discrimination and prejudice. This year’s festival celebrates those rising up in the face of inequality and injustice, working for inclusion and the enjoyment of fundamental human rights for all.  

RESILIENCE X MENTAL HEALTH  

A year of living through a global pandemic has taken its toll on our mental health. Levels of anxiety, depression and mental illness among students and young people have risen dramatically over the last 18 months. But young people are breaking the silence. This year’s festival celebrates those rising up in the face of a mental health crisis, advocating for greater awareness, access to resources and a more compassionate society for all. 

Collectively, the individuals and communities highlighted in this exhibition help bring us closer towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.