Unhate Foundation » Supported Projects http://unhate.benetton.com Unhate Foundation Wed, 02 Dec 2015 14:47:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v= Diversity Contest http://unhate.benetton.com/supported-projects/diversity-contest/ http://unhate.benetton.com/supported-projects/diversity-contest/#comments Wed, 18 Nov 2015 09:57:47 +0000 http://unhate.benetton.com/?post_type=supported-projects&p=3426 The winners of the Diversity Contest have been announced at United Nations Headquarters in New York, on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the signing of the United Nations Charter. Their projects will be fully funded by Benetton Group’s UNHATE Foundation. READ MORE

United Nations Academic Impact and United Colors of Benetton: destination future with young university students and faculty from around the world

The winners of the Diversity Contest have been announced at United Nations Headquarters in New York, on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the signing of the United Nations Charter. Their projects will be fully funded by Benetton Group’s UNHATE Foundation.

The winning projects will be fully funded (to the sum of 20,000 euros each) by the UNHATE Foundation.


  • MACFAST University Group: Sanesh Varghese, Tiji Thomas, Angel George, M.S. Samuel, Pradeep Vazhatharamalayil, Shibu Itty Mathew, INDIA.

Vanita Retna – Transforming Have Nots to Have – A Sustainable Socio-Economic Empowerment Model for the Tribal Girls 

Topic: Empowerment of indigenous women in India through education

This group of faculty members at MACFAST University seeks to empower young indigenous women by preparing them for university programs in fields such as medicine, nursing and engineering.  


  • Royal Roads University: Landon Zeeman and Jennifer Farquharson, CANADA.

People of Palestine.

Topic: Empowering Palestinians to tell their own stories

These Canadian students, inspired by the successful photo journal Humans of New York, will develop a similar website, People of Palestine, through which Palestinians can tell their stories about their experiences, history, culture and ideas.


  • Ambedkar University Group: Mesha Murali, Rohan Sengupta, Shikhar Vyas, Vinitha Jayaprakasan, Sonam Grover, INDIA.

Gender and Sexuality Sensitisation Project.

Topic: LGBT rights

These Ambedkar University students will carry out a gender and sexuality sensitization campaign at three universities in Delhi to confront sources of discrimination and challenge intolerant and non-affirming policies that impact students.


  • Agnes Scott College: Varsha Thebo, PAKISTAN.

Giving Peace a Chance: Workshops for Interfaith Harmony.

Topic: Increasing interfaith understanding

This Pakistani student seeks to promote harmony among Christians, Hindus and Muslims in Sindh Province in her native country by using texts from each religion to demonstrate that each faith stresses peace and harmony.


  • China Foreign Affairs University: Yang Jingchen, Xiong Ying, Hang Su, Zhu Jiao, CHINA.

“She for She” – Sharing Salons Featuring Feminine Topics Among Beijing Female College Students.

Topic: Safe spaces for women to discuss difficult issues

This group of Chinese students will organize safe, confidential settings in which female students can speak anonymously about traumatic life experiences and break the silence that often surrounds mental health issues.


  • National Autonomous University of Mexico: Rosa Maria Ramia de Garay, MEXICO.

Would You Like to Be Somebody Else for a Day? Proposal for an Intervantion in Mexico City’s Culture of Tolerance and Respect.

Topic: Promoting understanding of discrimination faced by women, members of the LGBT community and indigenous peoples

This Mexican student will install multimedia booths in public places that will provide an immersive experience to show people what it feels like to face different forms of discrimination on a daily basis.


  • The New School: Lara-Zuzan Golesorkhi, GERMANY.With or Without

Building a Movement for Muslim Women in the German Employment Sector.

Topic: Employment opportunities for Muslim women

This German student will provide skills training for Muslim women in Germany, who often face discrimination in the employment sector, but also work with employers to increase their hiring and inclusion of Muslim women in the workplace.


  • Columbia University and the National Autonomous University of Mexico: Atenea Rosado Viurques, Amanda Braga, Ana DinoRamos, Andrew Van Rompaey Peñagaricano, Axel BautistaPérez, Cristina GonzálezFitch, Kendra Strouf, Camila Ruiz Segovia, MEXICO/UNITED STATES.Colectiva Palabras Migrantes

Locating the Voices of Female Immigrants in a Transnational Context.

Topic: Immigrant women’s stories

This transnational group of students will document the experiences of Mexican and Central American women who immigrate to the United States to increase understanding of the many barriers and challenges they face as well as their contributions to society.


  • Northwest College: Sebudisi Mafabatho, SOUTH AFRICA.

Faces of Africa Anti-Xenophobia Debate Contest.

Topic: Xenophobia

The project proposed by this South African student will shed light on the plight of migrants in South Africa through a series of debates and discussions with the purpose of creating awareness and improving the treatment of migrants throughout the world.


  • University of Peace and Reconciliation Group: Lwesso Fiston, Lwesso Jean-Paul, Noella Miburano, Harushimana Teddy, BURUNDI.

Making Water a Source of Peaceful Coexistence.

Topic: Water and ethnic conflicts

This group of students from Burundi wants to increase harmony between ethnic groups who often clash over access to water by teaching water resource management and conflict resolution skills.


The Diversity Contest is part of a broader, two-phase project, which involved young people from all over the world to tell positive stories about our society through the unhatenews.com website. Developed with the help of creative talents from Fabrica, Benetton Group’s communications research centre, under the direction of Eric Ravelo, the project allowed for the creation of a broad and varied “mapping” of how the new generations want to build their world.

In the first phase of the project, which began in November 2014, United Colors of Benetton – in collaboration with the United Nations Academic Impact and through its own UNHATE Foundation – invited young people around the world to post on unhatenews.com “news” stories that they would like to see become reality. For starters, the focus was to be on contemporary issues of global importance and on themes central to United Nations priorities (the “Millennium Development Goals and post-2015 Development Agenda”), including development and the environment, the war on terror and the building of democracy and human rights with a special focus on women’s rights.

By submitting their proposals to the site, young people – through their sharing of texts, photos and videos – have become an active part of a community that participates in the news process and produces an ‘ideal’ media that is abreast of the times. Among the 100 most clicked “news” items, 10 were chosen by UNHATE Foundation – in line with United Colors of Benetton’s social philosophy – and contest entrants were invited to turn them into sustainable projects, to be implemented in 2015. Five stories were selected from those dealing with issues related to diversity, human rights and development while the other five were specifically on women’s rights.

In the second phase of the project, UNAI launched the Diversity Contest. This international competition invited universities, teachers and students aged 18-30 to develop and present projects – based on the stories selected in the first phase – addressing local communities and promoting the idea of ​​tolerance, harmony and respect for diversities. The 10 winning projects were selected by a panel of experts including Robert Bullock, Director of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government (State University of New York, Albany); Irene Da Costa, film director and critic; Tunay Firat, Partnerships Specialist at UN Women; La Niece Collins, Information Officer, UNAI; Mariarosa Cutillo, manager of corporate social responsibility for the Benetton Group and CEO of UNHATE Foundation.


About United Nations Academic Impact

United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) is a global initiative that aligns institutions of higher education with the United Nations to promote the values and goals of the organization through activities and research in a shared culture of intellectual social responsibility.

Its essential frame of reference is:

i) To bring into association with the United Nations, and with each other, institutions of higher learning throughout the world.

ii) To provide a mechanism for such institutions to commit themselves to the fundamental precepts driving the United Nations mandate, in particular the realization of the universally determined Millennium Development Goals.

iii) To serve as a viable point of contact for ideas and proposals relevant to the United Nations mandate.

iv) To promote the direct engagement of institutions of higher education in programs, projects and initiatives relevant to this mandate.

For more information about UNAI, visit: https://academicimpact.un.org/

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UNHATE Foundation supports UNHCR’s activities in response to the humanitarian crisis in Iraq http://unhate.benetton.com/supported-projects/unhate-foundation-supports-unhcrs-activities-in-response-to-the-humanitarian-crisis-in-iraq/ http://unhate.benetton.com/supported-projects/unhate-foundation-supports-unhcrs-activities-in-response-to-the-humanitarian-crisis-in-iraq/#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 10:30:03 +0000 http://unhate.benetton.com/?post_type=supported-projects&p=2856 The humanitarian crisis in Iraq in 2014 has reached its highest level of emergency. The United Nations estimate that 1.2 million people have been displaced by fighting just this year, and are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.

UNHCR has therefore launched one of its largest humanitarian aid pushes in response to the deteriorating situation in Iraq, aiming to help around half a million people who have been forced to flee their homes.

Considering this emergency situation and the great number of people in need of assistance, UNHATE Foundation is supporting UNHCR and in particular the most vulnerable: children and women.

The major focus is on improving living conditions for the displaced in the region, as conditions remain desperate for those without access to shelter, food, water and primary medical care.

1. This brother and sister have found shelter with their family in a primary school in Iraqi Kurdistan’s Duhok governorate. Finding shelter for the vast majority of those who have fled Iraq’s latest fighting is a major challenge. (source: UNHCR/S. Baldwin/June 2014)


2. Workers unload trucks laden with hundreds of tents for families displaced by the recent fighting in Iraq. Shelter is a priority for the displaced, many of who are living rough in unfinished buildings, schools, mosques, churches and parks. (source: UNHCR/E. Colt/August 2014)


3. The UNHCR-chartered Boeing 747 disgorges its vital cargo of aid after landing at Erbil in Iraq’s Kurdistan region. (source: UNHCR photo)


4. Displaced Iraqis have found temporary shelter in an unfinished apartment complex in Erbil. (source: UNHCR/N. Colt/August 2014)


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UNTOUCHABLES http://unhate.benetton.com/supported-projects/untouchables/ http://unhate.benetton.com/supported-projects/untouchables/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:50:25 +0000 http://unhate.benetton.com/?post_type=supported-projects&p=2711 The UNHATE Foundation supports the aim of the Untouchables campaign to raise awareness on the right to childhood and the factors that threaten it.

Seven photographs depict the main issues threatening the basic dignity of children around the world: paedophilia inside religious walls, sexual tourism, the civil war in Syria, liberal circulation of firearms, human organ trafficking, obesity, and nuclear pollution.


The artwork recreates the image of the cross and juxtaposes both the victim and the abuser. A threatening-looking adult (a priest, a soldier, a nuclear engineer, etc.) takes the shape of a cross and the victim is the child crucified on his back. The controversial choice of the cross was intended to depict both the pain carried by the victims and the factors affecting their childhood. The word Untouchables refers to those who must be protected (the children) and those who remain unprosecuted (the abusers).

The Untouchables campaign seeks to outrage the audience. Our goal is to incite a reaction and provoke the viewers into becoming campaigners, using the images in ways that help promote children’s rights.

The strategy for the campaign was shaped around one idea: to recall the ancestral instinct to protect children, the “users” of the images must be engaged as if they had a personal responsibility. To achieve this level of engagement we decided that the campaign should be “no-brand”, free of all branded references: what matters is the message, not who promotes it.


The campaign, conceived and developed by Erik Ravelo, Fabrica’s Creative Director, was posted on his personal social network profiles – including Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr – and produced uncountable shares. Afterwards Facebook declared the campaign “offensive”, banned the posts and blocked Ravelo’s page for months. The images were also displayed on Benetton’s videowalls in major cities around the world, including Milan, Barcelona, Moscow, London, Paris, Munich and Tianjin.

By the time Facebook removed its ban, Untouchables had gone viral, generating uncountable shares, three exhibitions, hundreds of editorials, and a huge global conversation about children’s rights.






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SCIABICA http://unhate.benetton.com/supported-projects/sciabica/ http://unhate.benetton.com/supported-projects/sciabica/#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 13:36:33 +0000 http://unhate.benetton.com/?post_type=supported-projects&p=2606 Sciabica_pizzini_ZeritGebray_copy

The Insights, the Strategy and the Idea
The UNHATE Foundation asked Fabrica to develop a project to raise awareness about the dramatic reality of immigration, even when the spotlight of the media is switched off. Following the shipwreck of October 3rd, 2013, some 366 irregular migrants died in the sea surrounding Lampedusa, Italy. Sciabica is a word of Arabic origin meaning “fishing net”. For us, Sciabica is the net cast to collect the tales of those who were there and those who are gone, after all the clamour of the media has died down. This is done through a digital platform which is connected to the social networks.

The Implementation of the Project
The platform collects the migrants’ stories: they tell us of their travels to Europe, of the role of traffickers, of the current problems they are running away from, and of the future they are longing for. In coherence with the mandate and principles of the UNHATE Foundation, this project aims to promote human rights and fight against the many forms of discrimination migrants face.
Sciabica uses the concept of the pizzino, a Sicilian term to describe a short note written on a piece of paper. The pizzino is the material representation of efforts to give voice to the migrants and to the locals, using social networks to send messages to the Italian and European decision makers, spurring them to take action.


The Concrete Results
The platform distributes editorials, interviews, photographs and videos – integrating content with Tumblr, Twitter and Facebook – along with the public and media relations. Two events brought in famous Italian actors and singers, who performed and read the migrants’ stories. Sciabica is an ongoing project committed to saving the memories of those stories of immigration and hope. The project has been endorsed by the United Nations Regional Information Centre for Western Europe (UNRIC).

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IRANIAN LIVING ROOM http://unhate.benetton.com/supported-projects/iranian-living-room/ http://unhate.benetton.com/supported-projects/iranian-living-room/#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 13:25:47 +0000 http://unhate.benetton.com/?post_type=supported-projects&p=2604 IranianLivingRoom_NAZANIN TABATABAEI-32_copy

The Insights, the Strategy and the Idea
The UNHATE Foundation requested Fabrica to develop an editorial project to spread the foundation’s its message of non discrimination and help overcome current stereotypes on Iran by changing the perception of the Iranian way of living behind closed doors. In accordance with the key role given to youth by the UNHATE Foundation, Fabrica decided to ask 15 young Iranian photographers to bring those private living rooms into a new public sphere. The living room is a place where you can feel free, not subject to the continuous observation or control and judgement by others. It is a private Iran, very different from the image we are used to seeing. While life in the Iranian streets is usually shown through the lenses of the media as foreign and inhibited, behind these closed doors the cameras capture a life that is immediately recognisable in all its richness.

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The Implementation of the Project
The 15 photographers’ pictures form the heart of the book, which is built around the concept of 15 small books made into one collective work. Each “book within the book” follows the same structure and is introduced by an Iranian carpet, which is the iconic symbol of everyday domestic life. Like the photographers, and their subject matter, each carpet is unique but they all share the same cultural archetypes that make them Iranian.
The 15 books are complemented by 15 colour breaks, sampled from the content of each photographic story. These distinctive colours are revealed on the spine of the book, suggestive of an eclectic series bound together by a common theme. Only by looking into the book are the carpets and the living room scenes revealed and only through the private gesture of reading do we see inside the lives of these young photographers.

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The Concrete Results
Iranian Living Room is available only on Fabrica’s online store. Since its launch in July 2013, about 1,000 copies have been sold. At the beginning of the distribution phase a paradoxical censorship episode occurred. PayPal initially refused to accept orders, and the very reason was the inclusion of the word “Iranian” in the title. This word is part of an alleged set of automatic security filters and alerts and is therefore banned, with no consideration for the book’s content. It took a lot of phone calls, emails and efforts to have this book removed from this so-called “black list”. The media, of course, were interested in sharing this unbelievable story, helping generate further attention for the book.

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Safe Cities Free of Violence against Women and Girls http://unhate.benetton.com/supported-projects/safe-cities-free-of-violence-against-women-and-girls/ http://unhate.benetton.com/supported-projects/safe-cities-free-of-violence-against-women-and-girls/#comments Thu, 21 Nov 2013 11:01:44 +0000 http://unhate.benetton.com/?post_type=supported-projects&p=2489 UN Women “Sing yes to a city free of violence against women and girls – youth song competition for Kigali’s safe city initiative”, is part of a United Nations global program for the fight against violence on young women in five cities across the globe.]]> The project with UN Women “Sing yes to a city free of violence against women and girls – youth song competition for Kigali’s safe city initiative” is part of a United Nations global program for the fight against violence on young women in five cities across the globe.

Through an artistic and creative approach to raise awareness on this particular theme, the initial step of the project has been to involve young people from Kigali in the creation of songs and music on the theme “Un-do sexual violence”.

Tuesday 25 November 2014, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, marked the end of the first phase of this collaboration. The Amahoro Petit Stadium, in the Rwandan capital, hosted the performances of the two finalists of a very special contest in which twenty young artists competed by writing songs on the theme “Un-do sexual violence”. The winner was 27-year-old Umuhire Solange Liza with her song “Feel Free”.

Further steps in 2015
The collaboration between UNHATE Foundation and UN Women will go on in 2015: the event in Kigali served as a perfect stage from which to announce the extension of the project to the city’s schools, involving children in educational programmes designed to combat the culture of violence against women.

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UN Women
The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women was created by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 2010. In doing so, UN Member States took an historic step in accelerating the Organization’s goals on gender equality and the empowerment of women. UN Women, among other issues, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; empowerment of women; and achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.



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Empowering the outcast youth through UNHATE Community Radio Campaign http://unhate.benetton.com/supported-projects/empowering-the-outcast-youth-through-unhate-community-radio-campaign/ http://unhate.benetton.com/supported-projects/empowering-the-outcast-youth-through-unhate-community-radio-campaign/#comments Mon, 21 Oct 2013 16:52:11 +0000 http://unhate.benetton.com/?post_type=supported-projects&p=2356 UNHATE Foundation promotes the project “Empowering the outcast youth through UNHATE community radio campaign”.

The project supports and promotes various development activities which aim to create an environment free from exploitations by promoting equal opportunities for the poor and marginalized children and youth thereby ensuring a sustainable development. The major concerns targeted by Peace Trust are child rights protection, youth empowerment, core labor standards, environmental awareness, natural resources management and disaster preparedness.
The beneficiaries of the project are poor and marginalized children and youth.

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Peace Trust will implement a cultural programme including folk arts, street theatres, competitions and wall writings, which will be conducted in a phased manner throughout the district to create awareness among the people of the equal rights for the outcast youth. Peace Trust will also be holding workshops for folk troupes to train them to include understated messages about the empowerment of outcast youth.

Peace Trust will also organize a radio campaign using the Pasumai community radio @ 90.4 MHz (CR). The objectives of the cultural programme and community radio campaign is to sensitize people on the rights of the Dalit youth such as the right to be protected against violence, right to get a skilled job and the right to enjoy good health in the best environment.

Peace Trust – India

Peace Trust is a non-partisan, non-political, secular and non-governmental organisation engaged in promoting the eradication of child labour, welfare of migrant labour, protection of the environment and awareness of health and hygiene. It believes in sustainable development with equitable distribution of the fruits of development and equal opportunities for all citizens.

Peace Trust was established in 1984 in Dindigul in the State of Tamil Nadu, to help release child labourers from hazardous industries like tanneries and cotton mills. Children’s rights, sustainable development, the empowerment of women and livelihood development are the main focus areas of Peace Trust. In particular, it defends people against exploitation and abuse, by promoting education and by ensuring a child-friendly society. For more information about Peace Trust, visit www.peacetrust.in.


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Creative Art for Change http://unhate.benetton.com/supported-projects/creative-art-for-change/ http://unhate.benetton.com/supported-projects/creative-art-for-change/#comments Mon, 21 Oct 2013 13:08:51 +0000 http://unhate.benetton.com/?post_type=supported-projects&p=2348 UNHATE Foundation promotes the project “Creative Art for Change”, in cooperation with ECPAT Foundation Thailand.

The project supports and promotes ECPAT’s existing Young Partnership Project, which engages the most at-risk and marginalized groups of children through training and leadership development to become advocates for their rights. It provides also sexually exploited and at-risk youth with the opportunity to learn about and implement awareness raising campaigns through the use of creative arts, through the implementation of a multi-day Art Camp.
Children and youth also have the support and resources to use the skills learned during the Art Camps to design and implement their own awareness raising activities within their communities.

The beneficiaries of the project are children and youth who are victims of sexual exploitation, aged 10-23 years old.

UNHATE Foundation promotes the project Creative Art for Change

The Art Camps become an opportunity to learn about creative ways to raise awareness of the commercial and sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) and to counter discrimination; this also includes using art and theatre as a form of therapy for survivors of sexual exploitation.
Art is seen as a communication medium, to allow children and youth to express and show their own feelings and help them recover from bad experiences.
As many as 5000 children and young people (under 18 years old) will have the opportunity to explain how to prevent themselves and others being victims of sexual exploitation and trafficking through art exhibition, awareness raising activities and animation storyboards.
Entries to the animation competition, together with materials produced during the Art Camps and youth-led activities will be used at local exhibitions to provide a focal point for raising awareness in communities and for inviting representatives from the media, local government, tourism sector and other child-rights agencies to increase recognition of the validity of children and youth’s role in ending CSEC.
The project will also provide an opportunity for the collaborative design and construction of a semi-permanent monument/structure. Once a prominent location has been secured, children and youth will each design individual segments to be inserted into the “END CSEC” monument, to provide a high profile reminder to communities that the sexual exploitation of children is a crime.
Opportunities to promote and share the materials from the project on-line will also be explored.

UNHATE Foundation promotes the project Creative Art for Change

Young motivators and other youths (18 -23 years old) will have increased capacity and leadership skills, become more analytical and responsible of their peers, as youth leaders and activists. This will be achieved through actively participating in planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating the youth-led micro projects and other activities.
Local communities will have increased awareness and understanding of children’s rights to protection from sexual exploitation and trafficking and how they as guardians and community members can hold duty-bearers accountable.

ECPAT Foundation Thailand

The ECPAT Foundation Thailand, established in 1999, has its headquarters in Muang Chiang Rai. It focuses on the commercial sexual exploitation of children and youth situated in the North of Thailand.

The vision of the ECPAT Foundation is a country in which children and youth live happily, with no risks of child prostitution, child pornography and child trafficking for sexual purposes. Its mission is to work with partners and networking agencies to eliminate these forms of exploitation.

ECPAT Foundation holds activities for children and youth to prevent child prostitution and sex tourism and to teach children about the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, reproductive health and commercial sexual exploitation. ECPAT Foundation also organizes training, seminars, workshops and meetings with local and international agencies at national, provincial, district and grassroots levels.

For more information about ECPAT Foundation Thailand, visit www.ecpat-thailand.org.

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UNHATE Foundation supports UNHCR and Syrian Refugees http://unhate.benetton.com/supported-projects/unhate-foundation-supports-unhcr-and-syrian-refugees/ http://unhate.benetton.com/supported-projects/unhate-foundation-supports-unhcr-and-syrian-refugees/#comments Wed, 10 Jul 2013 08:44:03 +0000 http://unhate.benetton.com/?post_type=supported-projects&p=2271 The current turmoil in Syria began in March 2011. Since then over 1.6 million people have been forced to flee their homes in search of safety in the neighbouring countries of Turkey, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt.

The United Nations estimates that 6.8 million people in Syria need urgent humanitarian assistance, 4.25 million of them are internally displaced from their homes and nearly half of them are children.

Considering this emergency situation and the great number of refugees in need of assistance, UNHATE Foundation is supporting UNHCR and in particular the most vulnerable: children and women.

The crisis is affecting women and children in far greater numbers than usual. 3 out of every 4 refugees who have run from Syria are women and children, making this a highly vulnerable population. More than half of the total refugees fleeing Syria are children.

UNHATE Foundation supports UNHCR and Syrian Refugees

Children, particularly those below the age of 5 years, can become very sick when food becomes scarse, when they are without access to safe water and sanitation and when they are weak from hazardous journey.

UNHATE Foundation supports UNHCR and Syrian Refugees

In Syria hunger and malnutrition is unusual, but a recent study in Jordan found that 4% of Syrian refugee children under 5 need treatment for moderate to acute malnutrition.

In Jordan, UNHCR is helping Syrian refugees in the Za’atri Camp. UNHATE Foundation will support UNHCR staff working in Za’atri Camp to respond to the new arrivals and the growing needs.

For further information click here Syria Refugee Crisis – June 2013

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Paintings against hate http://unhate.benetton.com/supported-projects/paintings-against-hate-overcoming-hate-and-promotion-of-mutual-knowledge-between-tamil-and-sinhalese-children-and-youth/ http://unhate.benetton.com/supported-projects/paintings-against-hate-overcoming-hate-and-promotion-of-mutual-knowledge-between-tamil-and-sinhalese-children-and-youth/#comments Wed, 10 Jul 2013 07:48:36 +0000 http://unhate.benetton.com/?post_type=supported-projects&p=2260 UNHATE Foundation promotes the project “Paintings against hate”, in cooperation with Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Milan and the support of the Italian Association Francesco Realmonte Onlus and f.r.a.s.i (francesco realmonte associazione svizzera italiana).

The project supports the overcoming of hate and prejudices created by the civil war between the Tamil and Sinhalese ethnic groups and the acceptance of their cultural differences, through artistic and creative ateliers of drawing, addressed to Tamil and Sinhalese children and youth. These activities are focused on their respective cultural heritage and aimed at developing mutual integration and reconciliation.

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The beneficiaries of the project are Tamil and Sinhalese children and youth, aged 5 to 14, hosted in the “Arunothayam Hostel” of Trincomalee and in the “School for life” of Weligama, who need psychological support to get over from the trauma of the civil war, tsunami and displacement.

Paintings become a communication medium: the vehicle through which children and youth express and show their own feelings, their past and traumas and the way to recover from bad experiences.
The paintings of children and youth will be collected and presented in an exhibition to be organized at the end of the project.

The paintings have been analyzed and studied by a team of sociologists and psychologists from the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Milan, in order to understand the children and youth’s needs and help them to get over from trauma and overcome hate between the two different ethnic groups.
The team of sociologists and psychologists will also hold trainings, to educators and teachers who are currently taking care of children and youth. The courses will have the purpose to improve the operators’ expertise in the process of children’s healing from traumas and acceptance of mutual differences.

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In expressive and creative ateliers, children and youth have the possibility to express, through their paintings, the traumatic events they had to face:

Unhate Foundation - Paintings against hateFrom the left: the obligation to leave their homes; the forced abandon of their home and community; their parent’s death; human violence and his continuous threats.

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Milan

The Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Milan works in collaboration with the Association Francesco Realmonte Onlus, supporting projects in emergency contexts and organizing seminars, conferences and meetings in order to make the academic community aware of issues related to human rights protection.

Starting from the concept of “resilience”, the inborn capability that everyone has to adapt, face and get over from traumas, the Università Cattolica and the Association Francesco Realmonte have trained many educators and operators to help poor and sexually exploited children of Pemba (Mozambico); to assist disabled children and youth in Bethlehem through music therapy; to bring assistance to those people, especially children, living in the Italian province of Mantova stricken by last year earthquake.
The Association Francesco Realmonte Onlus was born in Milan in 2009, in memory of Francesco Realmonte, jurist and professor at the Catholic University in Milan, with the aim to promote solidarity and cooperation at national and international level.
For more information on the Association Francesco Realmonte Onlus: www.francescorealmonte.it

Unhate Foundation - Paintings against hate

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