The Brothers Campaign aims to raise awareness about the stigmas and biases put forth against single, male displaced persons and inequities in aid delivery to this population.
This campaign has been ongoing for three years since Ruhi Akhtar of Refugee Biriyani & Bananas (RBB) first recognized the gaps in aid and enlisted help from the men in camp. She has since established a system that works to include members of the affected population in the sorting and distribution of aid.
In-Sight Collaborative has been active since 2016, mostly focusing on advocacy and awareness projects in the US. Their focus is on the promotion of autonomy in humanitarian crises and teaching stakeholders how to better involve beneficiaries in decision-making and the planning and implementation of interventions.
As the humanitarian sector grows at a rapid rate, we are concerned that our brothers are being left behind. Very few organizations have programs and interventions specific to the needs of men, and some even go so far as to exclude single men from their services because of stigmatization and stereotypes. It pains us to see our brothers facing additional hardships on already challenging journeys to safety.
Additionally, in our work, we see that the young men are often at higher risk for detention, illegal pushbacks, workforce exploitation, and violence.
This campaign is a joint initiative to support the brothers that are left behind.
Proceeds from this campaign cover the following:
- Urgent/unexpected needs like transport costs
- Grocery cards for underserved populations in our assessment areas
- Phone cards and hygiene packs for local detention centers
- Leftover amounts will be designated to funding emergencies like repatriation of bodies