The 2021 conference focused 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.

Virtually, on March 9 (12 pm – 5 pm EST), 10 (11 am – 4:30 pm EST), 11 (12 pm – 4 pm EST), 2021, the One Step Back, Two Steps Forward: Human Dignity Post-COVID conference showcased innovative and creative practices and approaches emerging from SMOs and educators who are searching to adapt to their new realities. Collectively, the conference sessions demonstrated 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:

  • Learn about innovative development practices, including feminist and anti-oppressive approaches, and ways to integrate them into their practice;
  • Share expertise, best practices, and resources on human dignity;
  • Identify and initiate potential partnerships and synergies;
  • Share experience and knowledge on effectively pivoting and adapting to the changing context;
  • Communicate and celebrate successes;
  • Collaborate on finding solutions to identified challenges;
  • Collaborate with educators and school communities to explore partnerships to better engage youths as global citizens.

Educators should expect to:

  • Learn about the latest trends on and responses to global issues from sector leaders, experts from the Global South, and practicing civil society organizations;
  • Engage in peer learning and sharing of resources, practices, and experiences from across Canada;
  • Facilitate connections and dialogue between civil society organizations eager to learn from and work with schools and educators;
  • Participate in learning opportunities in collaboration with pedagogical experts on how to teach and inspire youth to engage with global issues;
  • Collaborate with and support civil society organizations in creating classroom-relevant resources to better engage youths as global citizens.

  • Will be soon announced.
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