Compared to other global issues in daily headlines, the violence in conflict-ridden countries and modern-day genocides seem to go by barely noticed without being showcased on the front of a newspaper or televised on the evening news. Both the general public and policy makers remain unaware of the issues occurring in remote countries.
Emma: Sustainable peace through effective policy making.
Pauline: Understanding of background of conflict and genocide/ Understanding post-genocide environments or why more regions are more prone to genocide.
Michael: Work within existing political systems in order to deal with mass atrocities/ UN peacekeeping force with offensive mandate/ Humanitarian buffer zone.
From here we were able to formulate our collective mission of creating an understanding of genocide by providing educational tools to be later used to create and support policies for lasting peace. When Stop Genocide Now began, it initially targeted civil society in order to trigger action. Genocide prevention was to be brought about by utilizing a sense of compassion and empathy for the victims by putting names and faces to numbers. In turn, a concerned populace would feel the need to urge policymakers into action.