WITNESS Executive Director Yvette Alberdingk-Thijm reflects on current events and the importance of video as a tool to document human rights abuses and advocate for justice.
As we join the many people worldwide who were saddened to hear of the death of Robin Williams, we celebrate his commitment to making the world a better place.
It is hard to believe it has been 20 years since WITNESS was born in the aftermath of the Rodney King incident. Since then, WITNESS made it its mission to enable people to use video as a powerful tool in human rights advocacy and we are proud to have trained over 3,000 human rights activists and collaborated with over 300 groups in more than 80 countries.
Here’s to 2012 as a meaningful, impactful year and to video becoming an even better human rights tool! I want to thank you for 2011. Thank You! For the difference that you made, and for inspiring others to do the same. Each one of you helped WITNESS accomplish so much in the past year.
Update: Watch the LIVE announcement of our commitment at the Clinton Global Initiative via the livestream on our website. We’re very pleased that actress and activist Maggie Gyllenhaal will be joining us for this important event.
For those of you who participated in WITNESS’ Hub project (thank you!) and for all of you in the “Video for Change” community interested in online human rights video, I am writing this post to explain what’s happening with the Hub and WITNESS’ new online strategy.
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