Safer Access: What does it mean to you?

Are you a budding artist just waiting for a chance to showcase your talent? Are you familiar with the Safer Access Framework (SAF) and have first-hand experience of the actions it contains?

Well, here is your opportunity.

The ICRC Safer Access team in Geneva invites National Society staff and volunteers to illustrate through a painting or drawing what Safer Access means to you, your National Society, and the people and communities you serve. The artwork will be displayed during the 32nd International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, to be held in Geneva in December 2015.

During the event, conference participants will be asked to vote for their favourite illustration, with the most popular being crowned the winner. The entries will also be tweeted and promoted in other ways.

A prize will be awarded, and the winning piece will feature on the new ICRC Safer Access website and potentially in future publications as well.

To refresh your memory of the eight SAF elements and the actions and measures recommended for each one, check out Safer Access: A Guide for All National Societies (pages 82 – 83). You can also take inspiration from the experiences of other National Societies.

One feature of the SAF you should consider weaving into your illustration is the application of the Fundamental Principles. Not only is it the overarching theme of the Conference, but it is also an essential component of National Societies' efforts to enhance their acceptance, security and access.

The original of your artwork, together with a short biography and photo of yourself (high resolution jpeg), should be submitted to your nearest ICRC delegation and by email to The deadline for entries is 15 November 2015.

For more information, download the Safer Access Art Competition flyer.

Safer Access art competition flyer

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