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My body, my rights, my body painting

Posted by Marc van Gurp | 6-03-2014 21:30 | Category: Human rights

Hikaru Cho and Amnesty International: My Body My Rights

A woman is refused contraception because she doesn’t have her husband’s permission. A man is harassed by police because he’s gay. A teenager is denied a life-saving termination because abortion is illegal in her country.

Japan-based artist Hikaru Cho created a series of body art images exclusively for Amnesty International’s newest campaign My Body My Rights. Hikaru Cho and Amnesty created four videos on the subject of sexual and reproductive rights.
Each of the four videos is about the basic human right to make our own decisions about our health, body and sexual life.

This video: You have the right to know and learn about your body, sexual health and relationships.
See the other videos after the break including an interview with Hikaru Cho.

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Survival International reveals a sinister side of “sustainable development”

Posted by Arbie Baguios | 13-02-2014 19:30 | Category: Activism, Human rights, Developing World

Survival International makes you think twice about sustainable development

Here is a video that will truly force anyone who’s ever called for “sustainable development,” particularly those of us who belong to the Church of Aid, to take a long, hard look at ourselves, and make us examine whether we’re doing what we’re doing right.

There You Go! is a short animated film created by Oren Ginzburg and narrated by the British comedian David Mitchell for Survival International – a global organization that “champions tribal peoples around the world” and help them “defend their lives, protect their lands, and determine their own futures.”

It depicts two men with questionable intentions setting out into a jungle to bring “sustainable development” to a tribal community. When they discover that these people are within themselves already sustainable, they resort to bringing them “just development” instead.

The narrative, then, begins to sound like the many annual reports you would hear being delivered across board rooms of INGO headquarters all over the world – a discussion on the “challenges” of implementing things like “participatory community project building,” “income generating activities,” and “empowerment.”

It ends in that typical ‘lessons learned’ style, where the development workers tout their supposedly successful “multi-stakeholder cross-disciplinary approach” and “innovative private sector partnerships,” despite having left the tribal community in complete and utter shamble.

The video reveals the sinister agenda of some development work, particularly those which are targeted at tribal communities that are often seen as ‘backward’ or ‘uncivilized’ - some call it the “development bloat.” (Click the article to read more)

Survival International

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Classic Coke ad hacked to shame Olympic sponsorship #CheersToSochi

Posted by Tom Megginson | 29-01-2014 19:37 | Category: Human rights

Classic Coke ad hacked to shame Olympic sponsorship

Queer Nation NY combined Coca-Cola’s classic ode to world peace, (the 1971 “Hilltop” ad by McCann-Erickson) with images of anti-gay police violence in Russia to make a statement about the brand’s involvement in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.


Queer Nation

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Amnesty International advertises the clumsy way because Superheroes don’t exist

Posted by Marc van Gurp | 19-12-2013 21:45 | Category: Fundraising, Human rights

Amnesty International: Superheroes don't exist

This new campaign made by agency AIR breaks with the communication standards of Amnesty International. No dramatic and dark message. Just simple, light and playful.
But the question is still the same: buy a candle.

Very funny!

Amnesty International Belgium
AIR Brussels

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Caution: Hot Topic

Posted by Noah Scalin | 18-12-2013 21:53 | Category: Activism, Education, Gender issues, Human rights


Students in Design Rebels, my socially conscious graphic design course at Virginia Commonwealth University, are required to create a real world project that reaches beyond the school as their final project. This year the students decided as a group to work on the issue of raising awareness about the local LGBTQ community. They chose to create a set of coffee sleeves as way to reach out to the general public in a more subtle way.

Each sleeve features the face of a local queer-identified person and a quote about their experiences dealing with a world that is not always very understanding of their sexuality. The sleeves also include an alternate version of the check boxes usually found on commercial coffee cups, but rather than types of coffee they list “Straight”, “Gay”, “Lesbian”, “Bisexual, “Trans”, and “Human” as the options. The “Human” box was pre-checked by the students to emphasize their goal of creating a greater respect for the humanity of their subjects as well as the LGBTQ community as a whole.


The students were given only 10 weeks to conceptualize, design, produce, and distribute their project and a $100 budget was provided by the Graphic Design department at VCU. Since the students wanted to reach a larger audience they solicited donations for additional cups using the local non-profit The James House as their fiscal sponsor. They ended up with enough money to print 2,000 sleeves, which were distributed at four local businesses and one event. They were also able to garner the attention of local and international press, creating a good deal of discussion around the initiative.

Two of the students have already expressed an interest in continuing the project beyond the end of the semester.

More about the project can be found on the students’ website HERE.

[click read more for additional visuals]

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Amnesty International arrest movie lovers for a signature

Posted by Marc van Gurp | 3-12-2013 21:30 | Category: Human rights

Amnesty International arrest movie lovers for a signature

This action was held recently in a Ukrainian cinema. It was a performance done by Amnesty International. Two moviegoers were arrested by Amnesty actors.
At least a questionable way for communicating an annual letter-writing marathon. Very shocking performance and would never be done in a Western European country.

Hat tip Huzzah Sarah.

Amnesty International Ukraine

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10 Amazing swipes for good

Posted by Marc van Gurp | 26-11-2013 19:20 | Category: Animal rights, Environment, Fundraising, Human rights, Religion, Road safety

El Colombiano Don’t use your phone while you drive

Nice newspaper ads from earlier this year. They are from the Colombian newspaper El Colombiano.
‘Don’t use your phone while you drive.’

And it’s a nice one for Joe La Pompe too. Because it’s done before.

See more amazing swipes after the break.

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Campaign against “gay” as a slur is simply excellent #GetOverIt

Posted by Tom Megginson | 18-11-2013 15:52 | Category: Human rights


I love this poster, and so will all my writer and editor friends. It skewers trolls, bullies, and other tools not just for their attitudes, but also for the general ignorance that often goes along with the hate speech.

It’s part of a series by Stonewall, “The Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Charity” in the UK.

From the campaign description at stonewall.org:

One of the best ways to tackle homophobic language is to make young people reflect on their use of the word ‘gay’. ‘Stonewall’s ‘Gay. Let’s get over it posters!’ are designed to do just that. The posters deliberately challenge pupils’ assumptions that it’s okay or cool to use homophobic language and encourage young people to think about why they use the word gay in the way that they do.

Since this campaign is intended for school use, Stonewall has also produced guides for teachers and students. They are encouraging people to share the campaign with the hashtag #GetOverIt.

See the rest of the campaign below:




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#lovealwayswins, even in the face of Russia’s anti-gay laws

Posted by Tom Megginson | 4-11-2013 21:33 | Category: Human rights

#lovealwayswins, even in the face of Russia's anti-gay laws

What if living your dream meant living a lie?

That’s the question posed by this online PSA by ALLOUT.org. The advocacy organization is calling on the International Olympic Committee to “honor its principles and condemn discrimination” by Russia in advance of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.



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Will Saudi women drive Saudi Arabia into modern times? #womentodrive‬‎ #Oct26Driving

Posted by Marc van Gurp | 26-10-2013 19:45 | Category: Human rights, Women's Issues

Speed Sister: Will Saudi women drive Saudi Arabia into modern times? #womentodrive‬‎ #Oct26Driving

Today is the #womentodrive‬‎ day. A grass-root campaign by the women and men of Saudi Arabia. Its aim is to revive the demand to lift the ban on women driving.
Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world in which women are not allowed to drive. Lifting the ban would allow women to drive to work or university and enable mothers to take their children to school.

The Speed Sisters, the first all-women motor racing team in the Middle East, support this campaign by asking their fans to take a picture holding a sign of support (including hashtags #Oct26Driving and #women2drive).
They post them on their Twitter and Facebook Page.

A likeable action from the Speed Sisters. The amount of submitted pictures isn’t big. But they get a lot of media attention.

Even more attention gets the upcoming viral hit from Hisham Fageeh. Hisham is an Arab American comedian and actor originally from Saudi Arabia. He made the video together with Alaa Wardi and Fahad Albutairi.
No Woman, No Drive’ was launched today is going big!
See below.

Hat tip Arjan El Fassed and Petra Kramer.

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