Why the Global Human Rights Week?

From 17th to 22nd of October the Coordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service promoted the Global Human Rights Week, an initiative inside the campaign Raising Peace. In order to contribute and give visibility to the existing challenges, the Human Rights Week had the aim to gather all the actions done to transform the reality and to raiseing awareness on the topic.

 

Besides, this initiative became a chance to give visibility on how, where and why the International Voluntary Service movement promotes its commitment to the recognition and respect of Human Rights. During the week each day of the campaign was dedicated to a specific topic; on day 1 human rights for all; on day 2 the rights to health, housing and food; on day 3 the right to live in peace; on day 4 the rights of migrant and refugees; on day 5 the right to living together in peace and right to gender and sexuality.

SCI branches participated with their own activities during and before the Human Rights Week. SCI Catalunya organized from 19th of October until the 9th of November a cycle of workshops about the working and living conditions in factories and the basic rights to a fair salary, to healthcare and children’s rights. SCI Italy organized a 3 day #NoBorderFest, a festival about migration and freedom of movement, held since 2009. SCI Switzerland  organized activities based on the technique of theatre to speak about inclusion last summer. While our branch SVIT – Ukraine organised a? workcamps? and activities for children and people that had to flee their homes because of the armed conflict in Ukraine; besides they also took part in KyivPride 2016, a strong voice against prejudice and human rights related to gender and sexual orientation. On the same topic, our contact organisation IIWC Indonesia promoted the campaign “Love Yourself”, to fight against gender norms and stereotypes.

During the whole week more than 71000 Facebook post from the Coordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service and Raising Peace Campaign has been reached and shared, and more than 27000 on Twitter.

 

 

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