TOGETHER is a United Nations campaign that promotes respect safety and dignity for migrants and refugees. Launched in September 2016, its aim is to counter the rise in xenophobia and discrimination. Implemented in partnership with Member States, the private sector and civil society, the core values of the United Nations and the determination to “leave no one behind”, both at the heart of the Development agenda, drive TOGETHER's objectives.
TOGETHER speaks to communities hosting refugees and migrants as well as people concerned that refugees and migrants may bring physical and economic insecurity to their lives. TOGETHER engages and mobilizes global citizens to show support for refugees and migrants.
- Create a coalition of UN agencies, Member States, the private sector and civil society, acting under the same banner, committed to addressing the problem of rising xenophobia.
- Promote global action in support of non-discrimination and acceptance of refugees and migrants.
- Create a strong persuasive narrative of solidarity, that showcases the shared benefits of migration to economies and nations, while also acknowledging legitimate concerns of host communities.
- Build empathy and humanize the debate. It will provide a platform for stories about and by migrants and refugees and of host communities that have benefited from the inclusion of refugees and migrants.
#JoinTOGETHER and visit together.un.org and learn how to get involved https://together.un.org/join
TOGETHER mobile app developed by IOM, the UN Migration Agency. The app will tap the disruptive power of social media to stand up against anti-migrant xenophobia. Users can share their stories and actions in the form of photos, videos and other multimedia content; counter xenophobia and racism in their communities and invite friends and family to participate in this global movement to promote diversity and inclusion. Learn more about the App and how to dowload it: http://features.iom.int/stories/together-app/
A Way Home TOGETHER Podcast
A Way Home Together uses the intimate medium of podcasting to tell the moving, emotional and deeply human stories of individual migrants and refugees. In our first season, host Ahmed Badr (himself a refugee from Iraq), speaks to members of his own family (including his 14-year old sister) and interviews other young refugees and migrants—Ahmed Baban (Iraq, 16), Espoir Nindeba Eapoir (Congo, 19), and Mariam Abuamer (Palestine). Their voices, laughter and emotional honesty are examples of how A Way Home Together can help build a new narrative about migrants who share their hopes and dreams. Instead of hearing about them in a distant or abstract way, the audience gets up close and personal with people who in many ways are just like them. Lean more and listen to the first season here: https://awhtpodcast.com
i am migrant
“i am a migrant” is the UN Migration Agency’s platform to promote diversity and inclusion of migrants in society. It’s specifically designed to support volunteer groups, local authorities, companies, associations, groups, indeed, anyone of goodwill who is concerned about the hostile public discourse against migrants.
“i am a migrant” objective is to combat xenophobia and discrimination at a time when so many are exposed to negative narratives about migration – whether on our social media feeds or on the airwaves.
“i am a migrant” allows the voices of individuals to shine through and provides an honest insight into the triumphs and tribulations of migrants of all backgrounds and at all phases of their migratory journeys. It uses the testimonials of migrants to connect people with the human stories of migration. Thus far, “i am a migrant” has seen 1,200 profiles published. The anecdotes and memories shared on the platform help us understand what words such as “integration”, “multiculturalism” and “diversity” truly mean. Through stories collected by our teams around the world, diversity finally finds a human face.
Learn more and share your story with on #iamamigrant platform: http://iamamigrant.org/
PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival is a joint initiative of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) that invites the world’s youth to submit original and creative videos focusing on the themes of migration, diversity and social inclusion. By supporting the distribution of youth-produced media, PLURAL+ recognizes youth as powerful agents of positive social change in a world often characterized by intolerance, and cultural and religious divisions.
Watch 2017 winning videos: https://pluralplus.unaoc.org/2017-winners/
Learn more about #PLURALplus and how to submit your video: https://pluralplus.unaoc.org/
Global Migration Film Festival
Cinema and Migration. It’s a magical bond that began over a century ago when filmmakers, many of whom were immigrants themselves, began making movies about a world on the move. Their films brought the dramatic, poignant and comic stories of migrants to diverse audiences, through a language of images and emotions that were meaningful to every culture.
The Global Migration Film Festival was launched by the UN Migration Agency (IOM) in this spirit. The festival features new films that capture the promise and challenges of migration for those who leave their homes in search of a better life and the unique contributions migrants make to their new communities.
IOM’s first Global Migration Film Festival in 2016 took place in 89 countries. Some 10,000 people attended 220 screenings at cinemas, universities, cultural institutions and other venues. The festival hosted 13 feature films and documentaries and nearly 200 short films about and by migrants, as well as dozens of post-screening discussions and side-events.
In 2017, the second Migration Film Festival was presented in more than 30 films in over 100 countries. In New York,
Learn more about categories, awards and how to submit films to #migFEST: https://www.iom.int/global-migration-film-festival
USA FOR IOM
USA for IOM (formerly USAIM) is the nonprofit partner of IOM, the UN Migration Agency, which provides life-saving humanitarian assistance for people displaced by natural disasters and conflicts, as well as assistance to survivors and victims of human trafficking around the globe.
Americans have always expressed great charity toward people around the world facing desperate or vulnerable times.
USA for IOM provides opportunities for Americans to raise awareness, provide funds and give hope to the millions of people who no longer have the security and peace of a permanent home.
Learn more about USA for IOM and how to get involved: http://usaforiom.org/