WITNESS uses the power of video to open the eyes of the world to human rights abuses. By partnering with local organizations around the globe, WITNESS empowers human rights defenders to use video as a tool to shine a light on those most affected by human rights violations, and to transform personal stories of abuse into powerful tools of justice.
WITNESS empowers voices from grassroots human rights organizations which traditionally have not used audiovisual media to incorporate video in ways that will complement – not replace – other forms of advocacy. WITNESS supports these advocates to identify the audiences they need to reach with their arguments, and to draw on video's unique power to bring these stories as well as the visual “evidence” of a human rights abuses directly to a human rights decision-making body, a government policy-maker, a community, or the global public. WITNESS shares these experiences and best practices as broadly as possible among our partners, our Seeding participants, and other networks of social justice media-makers and users.