The Anti-Violence Campaign for Peace is an ongoing project of the International Health & Epidemiology Research Center. It is a comprehensive violence prevention and intervention project striving to eliminate mortality and morbidity in children and youth by influencing their learned responses at an early age. The campaign educates about the hazards of guns, toy guns, toy weapons, violent video games and violence.
The campaign teaches children, parents, and educators about the hazards of guns, toy weapons, violent video games, and violence. This is accomplished in a variety of ways including presentations, workshops, letter writing campaigns aimed at influencing toy manufacturers and policy makers, petitions, billboards, public service announcements, media coverage, art exhibition such as the Replacing Violence with Art show Anti-Violence Day/Peace Day events. At these events, children turn in their toy guns and weapons, and instead, create a piece of art with the collected weapons.
Dr. Farideh Kioumehr-Dadsetan is the Founder and Executive Director of the International Health and Epidemiology Research Center (IHERC), a non-profit organization dedicated to the research and prevention of epidemic diseases. As part of that mission, she established the innovative Anti-Violence Campaign for Peace project in 1994.
Dr. Kioumehr-Dadsetan received her D.V.M. degree from the University of Tehran. She continued her education at the University of Michigan, School of Public Health, in Ann Arbor, Michigan earning her M.P.H. and Dr.P.H. degree in the field of Epidemiology.
She served as a Director of the Health Planning Department, and taught as a professor at a medical school and school of Public Health for many years.
IHERC's board consists of distinguished and knowledgeable professionals including a physician, a pathologist, a psychologist, an educator, an artist, an attorney, and an epidemiologist.
We attribute our success to the hard work of the volunteers and the help of the media.