In just a few weeks, 32 human rights activists from 29 countries
will come together to participate in our second annual Video
Advocacy Institute (VAI), a two-week intensive training in our
methodology of using video to create change.
This year, attendees are working on a range of issues that impact
millions of people around the world including female mutilation,
disability rights, and environmental justice.
Your support now will help to provide additional resources for
equipment, editing, translation services, distribution and
communications tools on an ongoing basis to ensure the voices of
these dedicated and passionate activists are heard by key decision
makers and the global human rights community. Even $5 goes a long
way. Please donate!
How VAI Tipped the Balance: Victory for 2007 VAI Alumni
Read about these amazing victories reported to us from participants
in our first VAI last year.
– In Peru, following the screening of Violencia Rosa, a film about
violence against women, lawmakers approved the Regional Plan for
Action to Stop Violence Against Women (2007-2012).
– In Hungary, the release of footage of public debates helped move
the UN Office on Drugs and Crime to revisit its current drug
– In Liberia, a TV screening of a film about sexual abuse of girls
in schools brought national attention to the issue.
Read about what these activists have to say about VAI.
Support VAI to Help Create Further Success in the Fight for Human
Many applicants to the VAI have limited resources, so when video
seems integral to furthering their cause we offer both full and
partial fellowships to enable the most diverse applicants from
around the world to attend the program.
The cost of a full fellowship is $5,000.
That’s 500 of you giving $10.
Or 250 of you giving
Or 100 of you giving $50.
The impact of the VAI also reaches far beyond the participants
themselves. Through the work of former alumni, we are building a
series of case studies to share with the wider human rights
community to promote the broader use of video and technology in
social justice advocacy.
Please help make this year’s VAI an even bigger success.
All of us at WITNESS
Video Workshop in Chang Mai, Thailand
In September, WITNESS will be participating in a Video Advocacy
Workshop for Asian activists challenging forced eviction and other
human rights abuses in the name of development.
The workshop will train activists in our highly effective
methodology for integrating video into human rights advocacy
The application deadline for the Video Advocacy Workshop has been
extended to June 30, 2008. Here’s how to apply. Please pass this on
to groups and individuals who might be interested.
The training has been developed in partnership with the
International Accountability Project, EarthRights International and
the Unit for Social and Environmental Research at Chiang Mai
When: September 15-26, 2008
Where: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Extended Application Deadline: June 30, 2008
Follow this link for complete information about this workshop and
application materials: http://www.accountabilityprojec
If you have any questions not answered in these materials, please
Sincerely,Ryan SchliefProgram Coordinator for Asia
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