This is the third year that Cornell University has participated in the IHL Action Campaign, and our team is more excited than ever to expand the program on campus. Many of our current team members are returning from last year, ready to educate even more students and faculty at Cornell than before.
This year, our team is focusing its Action Campaign on the subtopic, torture. This issue is extremely important because it informs our community and generates awareness about US actions overseas. In the era of social media, it is very easy to disseminate information and create a movement toward social betterment. While students use social media to post about their lives on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, it is not as common to use their profiles to push toward social change. Therefore, we hope to motivate our community to make a difference by being active on social media and following the IHL blog, twitter feed, and Facebook page.
We are also encouraging our community to actively search for and share information about IHL and the harmful effects of torture, posting it on their social media profiles in order to educate themselves and the countless number of people connected to them. Social media is a great tool at our fingertips, and we use it every day, so simply directing the focus of everyday posts can change our community.
Author: Haritha Aribindi ,Cornell IHL Action Campaign Team, Western and Central New York Region
*The purpose of the IHL Action Campaign is for young people to teach their peers about the importance of IHL, as well as issues related to healthcare in danger, torture, and humanitarianism.