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‘We Are Human Rights’ is the first venture of Stichting We Are. It will investigate the possibilities of collaboration with the field of human rights through a range of seven design methodologies. The current application addresses the pilot study of this experimental research. The seven operative designers are Maxime Benvenuto, Lucandrea Baraldi, Kornelia Dimitrova, Bernhard Lenger, Daeun Lim, Hannah van Luttervelt and Jella Lena van Eck. They will be paired and work along with seven human rights defenders (HRDs). Those will soon be hosted in The Netherlands through the Foundation Justice and Peace Netherland and their initiative Shelter City. The graphic designer Karen van Luttervelt together
with J&P and Shelter City, will publicise and communicate the ongoing developments.

Positive impact for human rights defenders and the field of human rights.

Aims of We Are Human Rights

Stichting We Are aims to support them without putting them in danger, and without turning their stories and struggles into spectacle. The pilot study will investigate how design could provide concrete solutions to their professional challenges, for example by elaborating toolboxes that fit their needs, or by drawing scenarios and strategies they can implement - i.e. devise critical shortcuts. Human rights defenders face continuous struggles, but they also take part in a growing network, through which they share experience, and help each other better-understand the obstacles they face. In that sense, there is often a clear problem-definition. The solutions and strategies they develop are often limited to their own professional field. The We Are Human Rights pilot study has the aim to prove that design thinking can provide valuable insights for a range of practices working in international law and human rights.

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