"60 Signers for the 60th Anniversary" Initiative
For the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
An artist and a philanthropist, and founder of the MagkaSama Project, Max Dana has always been a staunch supporter of Human Rights, and she wanted to mark the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 2008. To do so she launched the "60 Signers for the 60th Anniversary" Initiative to support the Every Human Has Rights Campaign (The Elders / CIVICUS).
For several months, Max met with sixty people from the most important organizations in the world (Amnesty International, UNICEF, UNHCR, Human Rights Watch...), to volunteers and individuals supporting organizations, as well as committed people (doctors, lawyers...). She also met with the 30 winners of the Internews Every Human Has Rights Media Awards. They all enthusiastically supported Max's initiative and signed the original artwork she created to honor the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Geneviève Garrigos, President of Amnesty International France and partner of the Every Human Has Rights campaign declared: 'By marking human rights on every inch of the globe she drew, even on the most remote places in the world, Max Dana enforces the universality of the Declaration of Human Rights on its 60th anniversary.'
Katy Cronin, Communications Director, The Elders added: 'I am very grateful to Max Dana for her creative and inspiring support for The Elders and the Every Human Has Rights campaign. This artwork is a wonderful reminder that any committed individual can take action to change the world for the better. Thank you Max! And don’t stop now!'
Jean-François Julliard, Secretary general, Reporters without Borders - RWB/RSF said: 'It is a great initiative and an orignal and creative way to raise awareness on human rights. The universality of Human Rights shouldn't restrain to signers on a map, all the people who signed this art piece should now act and defend Human Rights the best they can.'