In 2013 we celebrated alongside activists like yourself the big and small battles (http://bit.ly/JGRKBF and http://bit.ly/1hkavWB) that were won in the global fight for housing and land rights. However, with nearly 15 million people forcibly evicted each year-and many governments and multi-national corporations disguising human rights violations as “development”-there is still a lot of work to do.
To support this work, WITNESS is excited to release a multimedia, multilingual Forced Evictions Advocacy Toolkit (http://bit.ly/18W1ikX) to help advocates use video to confront violations and demand justice. In collaboration with Amnesty International and our partners, we created this set of resources to strengthen the efforts of activists, social movements and communities advocating against forced evictions locally and globally, as well as those working to raise awareness on the issue.
IN THE TOOLKIT:
Two videos, “Evict Them! In Five Easy Steps” (http://bit.ly/1i10gJz) and “People Before Profit” (http://bit.ly/JAJ5zV), serve as a great resources for sparking debates, educating new audiences and building solidarity among local and international communities.
TIPS SHEETS & GUIDES
The Amnesty International guides help inform community members of their rights, while reminding public officials of their obligations. The WITNESS materials outline creative ideas for incorporating video into campaign work, and provide quick tips on filming evictions.
Download the Toolkit at www.witness.org/campaigns/forced-evictions. There are a limited number of DVD versions available, please email us with requests: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The resources are available in eight languages: Arabic, English, French, Italian, Khmer, Portuguese, Romanian and Spanish. Please contact us to assist with additional translations: email@example.com.
Please help us share the Toolkit! Mention the Toolkit on your blog, note it in your newsletter, post it on your Facebook page or host a screening! Connect with us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/WITNESS) or @witnessorg to tell us how you are using the Toolkit.