CWBI is an international, independent, and non-profit organisation consisting of 14 chapters sharing the common mission to offer joy and laughter to relieve the suffering of all persons, especially children, who live in areas of crisis including refugee camps, conflict zones and territories in situations of emergency. Our work is based on building meaningful, enduring and respectful relationships across different cultures. We cannot do this without a strong commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion. As a humanitarian organisation we engage with diverse individuals, communities, organisations and other bodies around the world. In doing so we aim to develop and sustain partnerships and relationships based on mutuality, to support understanding and trust. The organization recognizes that all people face distinct risks and varied needs. These can increase according to the intersection of characteristics such as ethnic origin and other factors, including age, disability, sexual orientation, health status, including HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses, social status, immigration and/or legal status, ethnicity, faith and nationality (or lack thereof). We focus on five areas of diversity, aligned to those protected by equality legislation : Gender, gender identity or expression and sexual orientation Race and ethnicity Religion or belief Disability/ability Age CWB chapters agreed on a common policy to improve diversity, decoloniality and inclusion in : the organization of anti-racism training for members of CWB the representation in the board and artistic teams artistic content and performance pedagogic approach and workshops internal and external communication To learn more about the Diversity, decoloniality and inclusion policy, click here.
The health crisis that the world is facing has drastically reduced the opportunities for CWBI’s chapters to plan national and international projects and reach their usual audiences. While many borders are still closed around the world, CWBI chapters are kept busy to resume projects in their home countries in favour of children in need or populations affected by Covid19; these activities strictly follow the rules from each administration. Planning to resume international projects we strongly focus on CWBI’s code of ethics, which is based on the respect of laws, norms and cultural customs in the country that our team members visit. In line with our code of ethics, when traveling abroad CWBI’s chapters are committed to following the health guidelines and protocols issued by the visited country, its national health authorities and our local project partners. Due to the volatile situation this monitoring is done on a day-to-day basis. In addition, CWBI´s chapters review the World Health Organization Guidelines for international travel and travel related to specific countries for each program. CWBI’s priority has been, and will always be to keep communities and our team members safe. We are strongly committed to keep promoting the right to laugh and play, adapting our activities for our audience and team security.
Our world is undergoing a crisis. As Covid-19 sweeps the globe, all of us are in search of safety for ourselves and our loved ones. Meanwhile, on the borders of Europe, many people are also in desperate need of safety from war and persecution. How much more difficult is their plight now, in the face of the current global pandemic ? Since 1993, Clowns Without Borders has met millions of children in areas in crisis all over the world, but never before have we seen a human rights crisis like the one happening at the border of Greece today. The European Union was founded to prevent conflict, but has started a war against people fleeing from persecution. People are fleeing to Europe for a chance to be safe and survive, but instead they are met with teargas, violence, armed police and closed borders. It’s inhumane and a catastrophe.In a world that often feels hard to understand, it’s international human rights law that must be our compass through hardship and seemingly impossible situations. These laws are very clear. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child states that every child has the right to live, that governments must make sure that children survive and develop in the best way possible. It also states that children who flee from their home country should get the help and protection they need. Further, the right to seek asylum is set in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and is one of the most important obligations of international law. All the countries in the EU have signed these documents, and promised to follow the guidelines.Elected politicians and international actors are now abandoning these obligations. This a betrayal of [...]
Clowns Without Borders International gathers clowns, acrobats and musicians who donate their time and travel the world to perform for people in need of laughter. Our vision is a free and open-minded world of play, laughter and dreams, where all people have the opportunity to develop and express themselves free from cultural boundaries and feel hope even in vulnerable situations. Therefore, our priority is to bring joy with respect for and awareness of local cultural values. Our aim is to defend human rights, especially children's rights by promoting peacebuilding and resilience through laughter. Do you want to learn more about the social impact of our projects all around the world ? Our international teams ? Our governance ? Our partners ? Our indicators and evaluation methods ? Take a look at our 2018 Social Impact Report by clicking here.
Our 2018 Annual Report is available ! Please click here to have a look !
Our Press Kit presents the activities carried out during the year, Clowns Without Borders chapters’ main 2018 projects illustrated with pictures from the field and CWB contact information. You can upload the document here.