MU and We Are Foundation host a Design and Human Rights Forum on 19 April. We Are Foundation asked itself: how does design contribute to human rights issues? The conclusion was that there is much room left for improvement. The goal of the Design and Human Rights Forum is to brainstorm about ways in which design can support human rights defenders in their practice.
Human rights defenders are often forced to work in very hostile environments, with a scarcity of resources and a lack of allies. They are constantly confronted with threats such as incarceration, enforced disappearance and violence.
The design initiative We Are Foundation, in collaboration with Justice & Peace Netherlands, and MU, wants to open up a dialogue between the government, human rights defenders and creatives, in order to explore ways in which design can support human rights defenders in their practice.
On 19 April, you can expect presentations by We Are Foundation about their project We Are Human Rights, and by Justice & Peace about their initiative Shelter City. Next to this, there will be workshops with international human rights defenders. Our goal is to jump start an engaging conversation.
We Are Foundation is a strategic design agency for societal impact. As such, the foundation strives to promote the application of design as an extensive tool for problem-solving, as well as to extend its scope to fields such as international law and ethics. With their project We Are Human Rights, We Are Foundation tries to establish a role for design in problem solving for human rights issues.
Justice & Peace has developed the Shelter City. This initiative provides shelter, rest and respite to human right defenders at risk, while providing them trainings with relevant knowledge, and contacts to support them in their future jobs.
When 19 April from 19:30 till 22:00
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