Unsilencing is Contagious
At Unsilence Project, we believe that when we share hidden stories - stories of pain, of loss, of shame, those taboos we've been too afraid to speak out loud - then we give permission for others to share hidden stories, too.
Through Unsilence Project learning experiences, young people develop empathy for the Other. Unfamiliarity and perceptions of difference can drive prejudice, but common-ground is its antidote. And so our programs highlight commonalities between those who may appear to be different and underscore interdependencies and connections between individual and group narratives.
Through each Unsilence Project experience, learners are immersed in thrilling, absorbing stories where urgent questions act as entry points to the realities of injustice. Learners cultivate a deep sense of social responsibility and develop expertise in self-directed and group-based social action.
Remembering the Forgotten
Each Unsilence Project learning experience changes how young people, educators, and the public think about atrocity, social justice, and human rights. Particular victim communities, particular framings and perspectives of these histories, and particular acts of violence are often unintentionally forgotten or intentionally suppressed. By giving voice to these hidden and taboo narratives, we strengthen and broaden the goals, lessons, and ultimately the impact of human rights education.
Unsilence Project learning experiences are deeply compelling and learner-centered. Young people and the public are driven to find personal connections to the history of atrocity and ongoing cases of government-led oppression. Each Unsilence Project experience is highly interactive, so learners direct their own learning experiences and formulate exciting, urgent questions.