The Draw Me to Safety art project was launched in London at the Global Summit To End Sexual Violence in Conflict. Its aim is to use art created by children from across the UK and conflict-affected countries to promote messages about what the concept of safety means to different children today. Stella McCartney said: “This project is about young people standing with children affected by conflict. Children see the world with clarity and honesty. War Child UK and I are excited to share their insights through art that will raise awareness and encourage the world to do more to protect children from war.” More and more designers are using their personal interests and knowledge to work with initiatives like this to help spread the message. And this one certainly got my attention.
So how will this work?
The initiative will engage 8-15 year olds in the UK and in conflict-affected countries on the issues facing children in war; asking young people to create artwork answering the question ‘What makes you feel safe?’ Stella McCartney will then create an exclusive fashion product inspired by children’s drawings with proceeds going directly to War Child UK to help protect children in some of the most dangerous war zones in the world.
Some of the first entries from children in the Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Syrian refugees and Afghanistan, will be reviewed by Polline, a survivor from Northern Uganda who was abducted into sexual slavery aged 12. Talking about the project she said: “We need to provide a safe environment for children. We need to respect children’s rights, treat them fairly and provide education – let education be the first priority for helping children in conflict.”
Angelina Jolie, who is co-hosting the Global Summit To End Sexual Violence in Conflict and was present at the launch, said: “These are moving examples of how children who have lost so much see the world. I hope that this campaign will bring their world closer to us all, and that many people will feel inspired to help protect vulnerable children living in conflict zones.”
For more information, check out http://www.warchild.org/