International Red Cross and Red Crescent
International Red Cross and Red Crescent

Guided tour | Who was Henry Dunant?

World Red Cross Day

More than 70 years ago, 8 May, the day Henry Dunant was born, was declared World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day. 161 years after he created the world's largest humanitarian movement, humanitarian values are the red lines of a day to remember in Geneva.

To mark the occasion, we're offering a guided tour of Henry Dunant with Anook*, our volunteer guide who is an MA student in Theology at the University of Geneva. From the creation of the International Committee of the Red Cross to a reclusive life, who was Henry Dunant? Our permanent exhibition will take you on a journey through his actions and works.

  • 8 May, 2pm to 2.40pm
  • 20 people maximum
  • Registration on site
  • In French

*Anook is currently working on her dissertation on the identity of the Red Cross, and in particular on the secularisation of the movement. In the course of his research into the faith of the founders of the Red Cross, Anook found that they were all influenced by the Protestant movement and yet decided to create a secular humanitarian project that was completely dissociated from a denominational identity. Anook wants to answer this question: how does the Red Cross, born of a denominational inspiration, lead to the emergence of a secular international humanitarian organisation?

Sculpture by George Segal, Henry Dunant writing, 1988

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