"Lend Your Leg" Campaign
"On this year’s International Day for Mine Awareness, we are “lending our legs” in a campaign to show support and compassion for survivors."
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Message for the International Day for Mine Awareness
and Assistance in Mine Action, 4 April 2012
"Lend Your Leg" is a campaign that encourages people worldwide by a simple but symbolic gesture of rolling up a pant leg or sleeve to stop the damage landmines still cause while showing solidarity with all survivors of landmines and other explosive remnants of war."
What is "Lend Your Leg"?
Long after wars are waged some weapons remain a lurking threat to civilians in the peacetime that follows. Landmines are indiscriminate weapons that wait underground for years and sometimes decades maiming and killing children, farmers and everyday citizens who happen upon them.
Marking the 14th anniversary since the Landmine Ban Convention has entered into force, the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) launched the campaign “Land Your Leg” aimed at solving the problem of landmines in the world. After the success of the campaign last year, organized in 74 countries worldwide, that highly contributed to the enforcement of the Convention on Landmine Ban, we expect that this year many mine-affected countries will take part in this campaign.
The aim of the campaign is to draw attention on the consequences of mine presence by wringing the leg trousers or arm sleeves symbolically, as well as to provide assistance to victims of landmines during the recovery and integration process.