Humanity & Inclusion rehabilitates thousands of people around the world—innocent people who never signed up to go to war but explosive weapons have altered their lives forever.
These are mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, daughters and sons. They all deserve futures that are not defined by their conflict-inflicted disabilities, scars, and traumas. This is where you come in.
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For 38 years, Humanity & Inclusion (HI) has been a strong global advocate for the landmine ban and active cleanup of landmines and other explosive weapons that harm too many innocent people every day. HI pushes hard against world leaders who use weapons that deliver deadly and disabling blows to civilians. In 1997, HI received a Nobel Peace Prize for our advocacy work passing the Mine Ban Treaty.
HI has teams all over the world who step in to help victims with disabilities recover their peace of mind and physical strength. Our staff are often by people’s sides as they take their first steps on new, artificial legs, or as they are integrated back into their communities.
HI walks a rigid line of independence and impartiality to ensure we can deliver aid in some of the world’s most dire conflicts and emergencies. We raise the voices of people with disabilities and vulnerable populations, meet their essential needs, improve their living conditions, and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights.
Without our donors, all of these people would get left behind.
Cluster bombs can be dropped from aircraft or fired from the ground. They are designed to break open in mid-air, releasing the sub-munitions and scattering them over an area that can be as large as several football fields.
When sub-munitions explode, they fire hundreds of fragments of metal that travel at the speed of a bullet. Anybody within the area, military or civilian, is very likely to be killed or seriously injured. Unlike landmines, which are designed to maim rather than kill, cluster bombs are much more likely to kill and to cause multiple casualties. Even if a victim lives, they will suffer various injuries such as loss of limbs, burns, ruptured eardrums, blindness and internal complications.
An inaccurate weapon that doesn't always explode on impact
Many sub-munitions fail to explode on impact, and huge quantities are left on the ground, leaving a fatal threat to civilians decades after conflict ends.
In many countries, accidents occur when ordinary people try to move unexploded sub-munitions out of economic necessity, curiosity or social responsibility. Civilians might attempt to clear land for farming or to prevent children from playing with bomblets.
In Afghanistan, for example, shepherds, farmers and children collecting firewood are common victims. In many poor communities, people are often injured trying to salvage bomb containers in order to sell the scrap metal.
A life-saving convention banning cluster munitions
These weapons are illegal under the Convention on Cluster Munitions, which became international law on August 1, 2010. Work remains to encourage every nation to join the Convention and to ensure that States Parties fulfill their obligations.
The U.S. has yet to join the Convention on Cluster Munitions. To join the Campaign to ban this weapon, please visit the U.S. Campaign to Ban Landmines and Cluster Munitions.
Cluster Munition Monitor 2016
A global overview of developments in cluster munition ban policy for every country in the world
Cluster Munitions Coalition (CMC) Humanity & Inclusion is a co-founder of the CMC. Visit the CMC website to learn more about the international campaign against cluster bombs.
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I call on all States worldwide to:
Publicly commit to end the use of explosive weapons with wide area effects in populated areas;
Fully implement the treaties banning landmines and cluster munitions without delay and encourage non-signatory states to sign them;
Contribute to assisting the victims, clearing weapons in affected zones, and preventing further injuries and deaths.
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Report | Seeing the invisible: Sexuality-related knowledge, attitudes and behavior of children and youth with disabilities in China
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Young people with disabilities have the same right to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) as their peers without disabilities, but their needs and rights are often overlooked. The findings of this study, which was initiated by UNESCO and Humanity & Inclusion, aims to provide evidence to support decision-making by government agencies, educators, development workers and other relevant stakeholders regarding developing and implementing disability-inclusive SRH and sexuality education policies and program for young people in China.Sign up
August 15, 2017
Geneva, Switzerland / Silver Spring, MD—The Brazilian soccer player Neymar Jr. became the new International Ambassador of the award-winning international NGO Handicap International today during an event at Geneva’s Place des Nations. Through this partnership, Neymar is lending his huge fame to a good cause: empowering the most vulnerable people in the world, people with disabilities living in poor countries, victims of conflicts and natural disasters.
The first action of Neymar Jr. as an ambassador of Handicap International was to send a message of support to people with disabilities across the world. At about 3:30 pm in Geneva, he went on the top of the 39-foot Broken Chair monument and called for more inclusion of people with disabilities in society. Symbolically, this message took the shape of a soccer ball with the logo of Handicap International on it. He then kicked the ball down the line of flags that lead to the Palace of Nations. The event was followed by a press conference hosted by the United Nations Office in Geneva.
Broken Chair is the work of the Swiss artist Daniel Berset, erected 20 years ago by Handicap International in front of the United Nations headquarters in Geneva to call for a ban on antipersonnel landmines.
More broadly speaking, Neymar Jr. chose to engage with Handicap International and to promote all of the charity’s work alongside persons with disabilities in 56 countries.
The star and Handicap International initially met in 2016 to discuss access to prostheses for amputee children, a subject that’s particularly close to Neymar Jr.’s heart, and a cause he has already supported. He wanted to support similar actions on a global scale, and got to know Handicap International’s prosthetic and orthotic programs.
In October 2016, Neymar Jr. showed his support to Haitians impacted by the devastating Hurricane Matthew by urging his followers on social media to support our work in the hard-hit nation.
In future, Neymar hopes to travel to the field to see Handicap International’s projects in person, but this has not yet been possible due to his busy schedule.
Neymar is Handicap International’s first International Ambassador. In North America, Handicap International benefits from the committed support of two Goodwill Ambassadors: American pilot, motivational speaker and RightFooted star Jessica Cox, and Canadian Dark Matter actor Anthony Lemke.
About Handicap International
Handicap International is an independent international aid organization. It has been working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster for 35 years. Working alongside persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups, our action and testimony are focused on responding to their essential needs, improving their living conditions, and promoting respect for their dignity and basic rights. Handicap International has set up development programs in more than 60 countries and intervenes in numerous emergency situations. Offices in Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States work constantly to mobilize resources, jointly manage projects and to increase the impact of the organization’s principles and actions. Handicap International is one of six founding organizations of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), the co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997; and the winner of the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize in 2011. Handicap International takes action and campaigns in places where “living in dignity” is no easy task.
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In September 2017, Neymar Jr. told his 81 million Instagram followers that he stands with our Stop Bombing Civilians campaign. The soccer start wrote “STOP” on his hand, then posted a selfie on Instagram.
In Sao Paulo, Brazil, children benefiting from his foundation, Instituto Neymar Jr., added their support by taking pictures with the “STOP” message written on their hands.
Humanity & Inclusion supporters all over the world are taking selfies with the word “STOP” written on their hands to raise awareness on the acute humanitarian problems caused by the bombing of civilians.
Join Neymar Jr. by sharing your very own STOP selfie using the hashtag #StopBombingCivilians. Published photographs are being featured on Humanity & Inclusion’s Stop Bombing Instagram page alongside photos of bombing victims to underline the public’s solidarity with them.
This global campaign demands an end to the use of explosive weapons in populated areas. Explosive weapons kill and inflict suffering and serious injuries, which can result in permanent disabilities and serious psychological trauma. A shocking 92 percent of casualties are civilians when such weapons are used in urban settings. Survivors are often forced to flee, as explosive weapons destroy essential infrastructure such as houses, schools, and hospitals.
Neymar Jr. joined the Humanity & Inclusion family as our first global ambassador on Aug. 15, 2017, in Geneva, Switzerland, where he stood atop the iconic Broken Chair monument in front of the United Nations, and kicked a football down the avenue of flags.
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As a political declaration on the prevention of civilian harm from the use of explosive weapons is successfully moving forward, civil society, national and international organizations continue working alongside governments to ensure that the declaration will be comprehensive, and will effectively respond to the expectations of those who have suffered from the consequences of the use of explosive weapons.
With the aim of contributing to the Political Declaration process, Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Humanity & Inclusion launched an initiative with civil society and international organizations along with survivors to develop a common understanding on the needs and the rights of victims of explosive weapons.Sign up
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Two leading agencies have given generous support to Humanity & Inclusion to help ensure that as many people as possible worldwide welcome the brand.
The award-winning agency Cossette hails from Montreal, Canada, and won the bid for the rebranding project. Cossette’s expertise was apparent from the start, and their attention to upholding our mission was central to their efforts.
They were also generous—not only did they agree to our low budget ($0.45 cents per active donor worldwide), they also offered us their creative know-how to build the concept for a new campaign to launch Humanity & Inclusion.
A wonderful complement to Cossette’s creativity was the support of international media corporation, JCDecaux. JCDecaux donated $125,000 worth of free advertising space to showcase the new campaign in New York City, and also provided free ad space in Paris, London, Vancouver, and beyond.
We are grateful to these leading agencies, and others, for sharing their talents and advertising real estate to help us reach more people.
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