In order to create a learning and networking opportunity for Canadian Small and Medium Organizations (SMOs), educators and youth, Spur Change seeks to annually convene representatives of SMOs as well as educators from coast-to-coast-to-coast to learn from peer to peer experiences, approaches and best practices. Sessions include overarching themes of inclusivity, gender transformative programming, sustainable development as well as create opportunities to identify and form partnerships, strengthen the sector’s collective work and to more effectively engage all Canadians as global citizens.
This year’s conference will focus on Human Dignity, while addressing gender equality and the empowerment of women as a cross-cutting theme. Human dignity is the belief that every human being is uniquely valuable and therefore ought to be accorded the highest respect and care. The concept of human dignity is intrinsic to non-discriminatory practices along with equal rights for all. Within the context of the global pandemic, the risk of food insecurity, the lack of access to health services and educational opportunities, the hit to women’s workplace participation, and the rise of a “shadow pandemic” are threatening human dignity, and especially women’s rights.
The One Step Back, Two Steps Forward: Human Dignity Post-COVID conference will showcase innovative and creative practices and approaches emerging from SMOs and educators who are searching to adapt to their new realities. Collectively, the conference sessions will demonstrate how these different ways of working, which could be either in classrooms or with projects and partnerships overseas, could pave the way to a just and green recovery.
SMOs should expect to:
Educators should expect to:
... and more.
Help us make this conference an inspiring and forward-thinking learning opportunity for all. We invite you to identify and nominate unconventional speakers and thought leaders in their communities who can speak to the conference theme of Human Dignity and Gender Equality, and subthemes. Anyone in mind? Fill out this form by January 19, 2021.
As individuals and organizations, we can have different perceptions of what Human Dignity means. Photos submitted will be considered as part of our Virtual Photo Exhibition on Human Dignity to be launched at the conference. Participants will be invited to visit the virtual exhibit and learn more about the photos. Submit a photo here.
Should you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.