Design 4 Women’s Rights

Every year since 1948 when the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the 10th of December marks the UN’s international Human Rights Day. This is an important day for reflection every year, but this year feels even more pertinent with so many people worried about the rise of extremist movements and the spread of hateful messages of intolerance. As such, this year the UN is asking everyone to stand up for someone’s rights.

The Dutch Embassy is taking this call to arms very seriously as it considers the promotion of Human Rights, and particularly Women’s Rights, as one of its main priorities. It has partnered with feminist tech group Chayn, to organise an event on the 12th December that will bring together a range of speakers from innovative human rights projects such as Lensational, Girls not Brides and Amnesty International to start a discussion about the role of innovative design in the empowerment of women’s rights.

The discussion will pick up on topics including modern slavery, sexual harassment, human trafficking and early child marriage with the aim of encouraging students and others to enter a design competition inspired by the main themes of the conversation. These designs will be showcased in an event held in March to mark International Women’s Day. The judging of the competition will be chaired by top Dutch designer Mattijs van Bergen and prizes will include an internship with Hema and an interactive workshop with Chayn.

For the event to be successful, the Dutch Embassy and Chayn want to ensure as many diverse voices are heard and so would be delighted if you could join in the conversation. Tickets are free and full details of the event can be found here. We look forward to designing a future of change together.

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