Amnesty names Wales director

Former Welsh Assembly PR aide Cathy Owens last week joined Amnesty International as programme director for Wales.

Amnesty's UK media director Mike Blakemore said Owens would be based in its Cardiff office, working with media and politicians in Wales to raise the profile of Amnesty's work.

She has spent the past three years as a special adviser to the Welsh Cabinet, promoting the assembly in the press and acting as a crisis comms adviser. Earlier this year Owens made the headlines of local paper The Western Mail after accidentally leaving a message on a reporter's voicemail, in which she described journalists as ‘bastards'.

Owens said her new role would ‘continue the great work under way to ensure that the organisation is well represented in Wales'.

One of her main tasks is to grow the number of supporters in Wales by highlighting Amnesty's international campaigns to stop violence against women, control the arms trade, and end torture and capital punishment.

Earlier this year the charity took its spoof cinema advertising campaign on AK47 machine-guns on the road, setting up ‘product demonstrations' in UK shopping centres.

The stunts were part of the organisation's wider ‘Protect the Human' campaign, which has pledged to recruit a million people in support of human-rights causes.

ActionAid targets leaders
Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, Vladimir Putin, Angela Merkel and George W. Bush have been lampooned in ActionAid's On Record campaign.

The charity has parodied the politicians in a bid to remind them of pledges on Aids made at last year's G8 summit at Gleneagles. Launched last week to mark the G8 meeting in St Petersburg, the charity is using the mock album covers in a bid to get young people involved.

The portraits are set to be exhibited at July's Global Gathering and at August's Reading Festival.

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