WITNESS uses video to advance human rights protection through collaborations with Partner organizations in 14 countries including the U.S. The countries and issues represented vary, but in every instance we seek to achieve impact.
This spring's annual fundraising campaign focuses on women at the frontlines who have survived human rights abuses and are speaking up in the hope that other women won't experience the same injustices. And if you donate today-your money will be tripled!
For example, politically-motivated violence is rampant in Zimbabwe, and particularly targets women - estimates are that more than 2,000 women and girls were raped between May and July 2008 by state-sanctioned groups as a means of political intimidation.
Our Partner, RAU, produced the video Hear Us: Zimbabwean Women Affected by Political Violence Speak Out, in which four women tell deeply personal stories revealing the violence committed against them and its enduring physical and psychological scars. This video was just screened at an event featuring the Zimbabwean Minister of State, and is being used to encourage other women to voice their experiences and hold the government accountable.
Video bridges the gap between survivors and audiences, between seeing and changing. By donating to WITNESS today, you can be certain that we will connect your gift, no matter its size, to support bold, innovative leaders using video.
Your donations make it possible for WITNESS to provide support to women in Zimbabwe and Partner organizations around the world. Donations support video training, distribution of cameras, ongoing assistance creating effective advocacy campaigns, and strategic video distribution. All videos are also distributed via the WITNESS Hub - the first multi-media site dedicated to human rights activism and on a number of other online platforms.
The good news is WITNESS has secured matching grants that will triple your gift if you donate by Monday, June 8th.
That means WITNESS gets $3 for every $1 you donate. This special opportunity was recently extended by 3 days through the generosity of our matching donors.
This is a tremendous opportunity to act. At this time - more than ever - we need your help. Thank you for your support of WITNESS - and for helping activists around the world see, film, and change our world for the better.
Yvette Alberdingk Thijm, Executive Director
Jenni Wolfson, Deputy Director
Elizabeth Dickinson, Director of External Relations
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Synnie3 June 2009 at 12:16amPosts: 4169 (0 today)Status: offline
Yeah, I got the same message, but unfortunately I am living on basics myself and am not into any internet money transfers, in general. . .
I once offered another solution to some associations, but they refused to even think about it, although many do take according actions. Artists (incl. musicians these days!) are often not rich, but can donate art for auctions, sales. . .or make according free concerts etc.
They may have to think this over or go to those, who still have some money.
Thats just my opinion after all.