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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HOT POTATO: Cooling the heat on Asylum Seekers in Australia

Posted by Adam Valvasori | 21-10-2013 02:00 | Category: Human rights

HOT POTATO: Cooling the heat on Asylum Seekers in Australia

The Hot Potato campaign was created in the lead up to the Australian Federal Election by the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) to dispel myths in the community about Asylum Seekers by giving away hot potatoes…. and it worked!

A hot potato is a fitting metaphor for the Asylum Seeker issue’s status in Australian society today. Both major political parties are point scoring off the hot topic of people undertaking perilous journeys by boat to seek asylum in our country. But sadly neither side want to provide a humane solution by processing their claims in Australia, preferring to shunt them (and our moral responsibility) into offshore detention centres on Papua New Guinea and Nauru. The conservative Opposition Party (now Government) went a step further this year with the election promise to “stop the boats” all together. Politicians are able to get away with this behaviour because of misinformation in the community, so the Melbourne-based Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) created a remarkable, national “re-education” campaign with an integrated social media component.

HOT POTATO: Cooling the heat on Asylum Seekers in Australia

Asylum Seeker Resource Centre

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Video animation: Guantánamo Bay Hunger Strikes

Posted by Marc van Gurp | 13-10-2013 17:00 | Category: Human rights

Video animation: Guantánamo Bay Hunger Strikes

Not much is known about the hunger strikes in Guantánamo Bay, the US detention camp in Cuba. That’s why this animation is so important. It’s not a piece of art. It’s the story and the disturbing scenes which are so important.
Shocking video released by the Guardian showing the testimonies from five detainees. Today there are 17 prisoners still on hunger strike.

Hat tip Petra Kramer.

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Truckers Against Human Trafficking

Posted by Tatjana Vukic | 8-10-2013 19:08 | Category: Human rights

Truck rest stops are the hot spot for human trafficking at the crossroads of America. “Traffickers “sell” their victims – girls and boys as young as 11 or 12 – at truck stops, travel plazas and rest stops because they are convenient said Kendis Paris, the head of the group Truckers Against Trafficking, transient populations frequent them who are less likely to rescue the victims.” The organization Truckers Against Trafficking trains members of the trucking community what to pay attention to, such as an SUV that drops off several young women or CB chatter about underage girls.

“It’s a matter of taking an industry and turning them into abolitionists,” Paris said. “They’re going to see things that most of the general public does not. This is a crime that literally comes knocking on their doors.” (watch the documentary video after the break)


Truckers Against Trafficking

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An intimate message for victims of human trafficking

Posted by Tom Megginson | 8-10-2013 18:27 | Category: Human rights


File this under “brilliant simplicity”:

Pivot provides rescue information to human trafficking victims without detection by their captors. Ordinary-looking sanitary pads are distributed by activists and healthcare providers to suspected victims. Hidden inside each pad is an insert with rescue information and a trafficking hotline number. A victims accesses the insert in the privacy of a restroom, detaches the phone number (disguised as a fortune-cookie tab), and flushes the rest of the insert in the toilet.

The information is printed on flushable paper that dissolves in water.



Washington Anti-Trafficking Response Network (WARN)
Public Practice Studio
University of Washington

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Do Not Watch This Film #ifoundtheletter

Posted by Marc van Gurp | 23-08-2013 22:15 | Category: Human rights

Amnesty International Do Not Watch This Film. I found the letter

And neither this link.

Amnesty International
Daily DoGooder

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Shadow Art Makes Refugees Visible

Posted by Marc van Gurp | 13-08-2013 21:30 | Category: Human rights, Peace & Conflicts

Stichting Vluchteling - The Dutch Refugee Foundation: Shadow Art Makes Refugees Visible

Great outdoor action from Amsterdam. This shadow art was made for World Refugee Day on June 20 and was shown at various locations in the city.
The idea behind the campaign is about invisibility of refugees. We don’t know their faces and their background. What we do know is that they need help.

The copy that was placed next to the visual:
“There are over 40 million lives hidden today, living as shadows suppressed by war and violence. We often don’t know about them. But they deserve to be seen. And helped. Support another family through Stichting Vluchteling - The Dutch Refugee Foundation”

Related shadow art posts:
- Cerrado Hand Shadows
- Making of ‘Save the Cerrado’
- Using the sun to help stop Global Warming

(Click images to enlarge)

Stichting Vluchteling - The Dutch Refugee Foundation: Shadow Art Makes Refugees Visible

Stichting Vluchteling - The Dutch Refugee Foundation

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Children for Sale: Old concept, but still an important issue

Posted by Tom Megginson | 18-07-2013 00:35 | Category: Human rights


If this image looks familiar, it’s because the idea of “people for sale” has been used several times in human trafficking awareness campaigns. The best one I’ve seen is the “Woman to Go” campaign in Tel Aviv, Israel, which used live models in a mall display. However, it was very similar to this one for the Salvation Army in 2007, and this one for the UK Equal Opportunities Commission from 2002.

Still, it’s an important cause.

Wold Vision
KBS+, Canada
Ads of The World

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