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Slavery Past, Present and Future
Dates: 7-9 July, 2015
Location: Mansfield College, Oxford, UK
Is slavery an inevitable part of the human condition? Controversial estimates indicate that up to 35 million people worldwide are enslaved. This modern re-emergence of slavery following abolition over two hundred years ago, is said to be linked to the deepening interconnectedness of countries in the global economy, overpopulation, and the economic and other vulnerabilities of the individual victims and communities.This conference will explore slavery in all its dimensions and, in particular, the ways in which we understand and attempt to respond to it.
Free Minds, Free People
Dates: July 9-12, 2015
Location: Oakland, CA
Free Minds, Free People is a national conference that brings together teachers, high school and college students, researchers, parents and community-based activists/educators from across the country to build a movement to develop and promote education as a tool for liberation. We seek to develop ways of teaching and learning both in and out of school that help us to build a more just society. The conference is a space in which these groups can learn from and teach each other, sharing knowledge, experience and strategies.
The Second Asian Symposium on Human Rights Education
Dates: August 2-4, 2015
Location: Hiroshima, Japan
Human rights, which are deeply intertwined with a nation’s social, political, and economic rights, are critical to a nation’s wellbeing and global peace. Unfortunately, the problems facing them today are widespread and complex, challenging customs and prejudices that are deeply ingrained in the social fabric of a society. At the forefront in the battle for equality today are women, indigenous people, and minorities, to name a few. In many parts of the world, their rights and path to self-determination are obstructed by systematic discrimination and inequality, resulting in varying degrees of abuse, violence, inadequate wages, forced labor, suppression of speech, and overall disempowerment. Moreover, their situation is exacerbated by a legal system that opposes them or by their governments’ inability to protect and promote their rights.
Pathways Towards Just Peace
Date: 9-11 October, 2015
Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
The Asia-Pacific has undergone critical economic and political changes over the past two decades. The end of the Cold War promised the lessening of regional antagonism, economic prosperity and democratic progress. Nevertheless, the region continues facing challenges caused by border disputes, outbreak of ethnic and sectarian armed conflicts, return to authoritarianism, gross human rights violation, inter-state competitions in armament, income disparity, food insecurity, gender inequality and insensitivity, natural disaster and transnational migration. These challenges have urged the people and governments in Asia-Pacific to seek sustainable solutions through cooperation and imagination of an alternative polity. This is a political project where communities and polities in Asia-Pacific endeavor to ‘reinvent’ themselves, so democracy can find its way even in the most disturbed environments. Nepal itself had been shadowed under monarchy for ages and grappled by riots and communal disharmony for over a decade, until the people decided to move towards peace and development.
24th International Harm Reduction Conference
Date: 18-21 Oct, 2015
Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
This year’s theme – ‘Call for Leadership’ – reflects the urgent need to address critical issues faced by the harm reduction response. The 2015 target set by the international community of reducing HIV among people who inject drugs by half has been missed by a staggering amount, a failure that is now further undermined by the growing funding gap in the harm reduction response due to changing donor priorities. Empowered and engaged leadership among civil society organizations, including networks of people who use drugs, sex workers and people living with HIV, are key to challenging this crisis, as is leadership from national governments such as Malaysia, which through domestic support for harm reduction programming has achieved significant reductions in HIV infection among people who inject drugs. Leadership is also demanded as the international community approaches important UN General Assembly meetings on both drug policy and HIV in 2016.
Discrimination Free Zone Campaign
“We aim to end discrimination against any individuals or groups of people based on race, color, gender, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, age, or disability through the creation of Discrimination Free Zones throughout the world. These Discrimination Free Zones are always peaceful, and they inform others that discrimination will be offensive to us and that we will not participate in any actions in which such sentiments are included.”
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