Starting on January 18th, 2018, Emilia Lahti, a peace activist, researcher and overcomer of violence herself, will begin an epic 2400 km run across the length of New Zealand, averaging 50 ultra marathons in 50 days, to address interpersonal violence - one of the most pervasive yet under-recognized human rights issues in the world.
The run highlights a global project for nonviolence in families and beyond. It carries the name of Sisu not Silence and consists of in-person events and wide-reaching online media content that highlights the strength of individuals who've survived and overcome emotional, physical or sexual hurt. The goal of the campaign is to support building cultures of zero tolerance to abuse of any kind and dismantle the shame and silence imposed on those who've endured it. #sisunotsilence
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
- Margaret Mead