How this year’s Eurovision winner supports human rights

Eurovision 2023 Loreen

You may have heard Sweden won Eurovision this year – I mean, who hasn’t heard?! What you may not know is that the winner has a great track record for supporting human rights.

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Loreen, who wowed Eurovision viewers with her song, Tattoo, has many other winning qualities. Most notable is her support for social justice.

In February 2022, the Swedish singer was performing in Ukraine, just one night before Russia invaded! Soon after, she sang for a fundraising gala dedicated to supporting Ukraine.

When she won Eurovision 2012, Loreen met with local grassroots activists in Azerbaijan, who she learnt of through Civil Rights Defenders, a Swedish NGO.

While performing in Belarus, she met with the wife of pro-democracy activist and Nobel Prize winner Ales Bialiatski.

She’s also supported girls’ education in Afghanistan and has regularly used her performances to platform LGBT+ communities.

Charity check-in 

At Smiley Movement, we like to elevate the work of charities across the world. Here are three charities whose causes align with the themes in this article.

Civil Rights Defenders. A Swedish NGO supporting grassroots activism. Find out more here.

Peace Direct. An international organisation hoping to create world peace. Support them here.

Oasis of Peace. This UK organisation works with communities to build peace. Find out more and support them here.

This article aligns with the UN SDG Reduced Inequalities.