The American Red Cross joins with the 187 other Red Cross and Red Crescent national societies around the globe annually on May 8 to celebrate World Red Cross/Red Crescent Day. This date marks the birth of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent network's founder Henry Dunant.
Motivated by his experiences during the Battle of Solferino in 1859, Dunant advocated for the humane treatment of the sick and wounded during wartime. He recorded his memories and experiences in the book A Memory of Solferino which inspired the creation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in 1863.
Today, more than 150 years after the conflict, the global Red Cross and Red Crescent network is comprised of more than 13 million volunteers and assists more than 300 million people worldwide each year.
To commemorate 150 years of humanitarian action, the American Red Cross of Northeast Wisconsin will celebrate the day by hosting the International Humanitarian Law training.
International humanitarian law, which includes the Geneva Conventions, is at the core of the global Red Cross network. It is critical to preserving a minimum of humanity in the worst of circumstances. The American Red Cross will be offering a four-hour course on the role of the Red Cross in times of armed conflict. The course is free to the public and addresses the humanitarian aspect of the American Red Cross.
Instructor, Kerri Hah, brings over 11 years of experience educating the public and has trained hundreds of school children on the subject matter of Humanitarian Law.
The Red Cross actively promotes tolerance and humanitarian values. In times of national crisis or war, all segments of the public must feel confident that they can turn to the Red Cross for help, or to volunteer their time, talents and resources.
Click on the link to learn more: http://www.icrc.org/eng/war-and-law/index.jsp
International Humanitarian Law:
To register for the class contact Nick Cluppert, Training Specialist, at 920-231-3692 x 19 or firstname.lastname@example.org
About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.