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International Humanitarian Law Action Campaign

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From flash mobs to board games, the campaigns are always interactive and engaging.

The Cincinnati Chapter is initiating its fourth annual Humanitarian Law Action Campaign in high schools. The IHL Action Campaign is an exciting American Red Cross youth program that aims to teach international humanitarian law (IHL) to young people through peer education. Training for the program begins Saturday, Nov. 19, with presentations being made in February and March of 2017.

Since the program’s introduction in 2013, more than 400 youth volunteers across the country have taken part in the IHL Action Campaign.

The IHL Action Campaign is led and designed by youth, for youth. Young people (ages 14-24) learn about IHL in an experiential way, then design and present campaigns to raise awareness about the importance of the rules of war and make a difference in their communities.

Young people create the format of their own IHL Action Campaigns. From flash mobs and simulations to performance and board games, campaigns are always interactive and engaging. Each year, the teams choose a different subtopic to focus on in their campaigns. Past subtopics have included child soldiers, gender, international justice and refugees.

Anyone interested in participating in the IHL Action Campaign should call Paula McIntosh at 513-579-3023 or email paula.mcintosh@redcross.org.