Today the International Rescue Committee (IRC) is asking the world to join the “Domestic Violence Think-In.”
Nearly 450 students at Hyper Island will have four days to address a neglected humanitarian crisis: domestic violence in developing countries. The students will be tasked with generating ideas to raise awareness and donations for the important and often overlooked issue. The session will be led by the global ideas shop gyro.
The students will be asking for the public’s thoughts at Ircthinkin.com
. They will be using Twitter (hashtag #ircthinkin), Facebook.com/ircthinkin
and the video-sharing application Viddy.com
to share what they learned and solicit feedback.
At the culmination of the project, students will share 70 of the strongest ideas with IRC and gyro leadership. The videos will be made live at Ircthinkin.com
. The best will be considered for the IRC’s next campaign. A compilation video from the students will be created to urge presidents and ministers of developing countries to act by enacting laws against domestic violence where no laws currently exist or to enforce the laws in the countries that actually already have protection laws.
Violence against women is one of the most widespread human rights abuses. One out of every three women worldwide will be physically, sexually or otherwise abused during her lifetime, according to a recent report from the IRC.
“Programs to address violence against women and girls are generally underfunded and ad hoc,” said Carrie Welch, senior vice president of the International Rescue Committee. “The IRC works to break this cycle of violence by helping survivors to heal, delivering care to victims of sexual assault, and by bringing women together for mutual support. Through innovative skills programs, we help women gain economic independence. In all of our programs, the IRC is committed to the full empowerment and participation of women and girls.”
Johanna Frelin, CEO at Hyper Island, said, “We are happy to have gathered almost 450 students to take part in the discussion about domestic violence in developing countries, one of the world’s most serious issues. For the next four days, we’ll do nothing else than focus on the question, collaborate, share experiences and suggest solutions for how change can be brought. To us, taking social action is a responsibility, and we will continue to focus on creating for change.”
Christoph Becker, CEO & CCO, gyro, said, “The IRC is an outstanding NGO that has a long history of getting people from harm to home. Violence against women in developing countries is a difficult and disturbing reality. I am honored that gyro and Hyper Island have the opportunity to work to create ideas that can help raise awareness and effect change for the IRC and the people they serve.”