International Week at the University of Alberta

Lots of fabulous talks are talking place on the U of A campus from January 30 – Feb 3rd

Check out the full schedule HERE

In particular, dont miss Friday, February 3: Women, Decision-Making and Development:

9:00 AM – 10:50 AM
Dentistry / Pharmacy Centre 4069
The Ethics of Complacency
Janet Keeping, Sheldon Chumir Foundation for Ethics in Leadership
The “Occupy” movement elicited a variety of reactions across Canada that ranged from city councillors adamantly refusing to “negotiate with terrorists,” to curiosity and thoughtful reflection, to outright sympathy and support. Some of those especially hostile to the “Occupy” movement seemed motivated by a need to protect their belief that things are basically okay. It is worth thinking about the ethics of complacency and the role for complacency, if any, in a healthy democracy.

10:00 AM – 10:50 AM
Dentistry / Pharmacy Centre 4069
Coalition-Building to Combat Human Trafficking in Alberta
Andrea Burkhart, Action Coalition on Human Trafficking Alberta Association (ACT Alberta)
Learn about human trafficking in Canada and Alberta and discuss what citizens can do about this human rights abuse. ACT Alberta uses a collaborative organizational model that addresses human trafficking with the input of multiple stakeholders, including the public. Look into the history of this unique organization, the challenges and benefits of operating as a coalition, and the role of continued citizen participation in addressing human trafficking.

Women, Decision-Making and Development
Aliza Dadani, Edmonton Post Secondary Vice-Chair-Ismaili Council for Canada
Donita Large, Indigenous Community Advocate and Skills Training Specialist
Judith Wakhungu, Senior Agriculture Officer, Kenyan Ministry of Agriculture
Rebecca Mellett (Moderator), CIDA Director, Prairie and Pacific Region
12:00 PM – 12:50 PM
Education South 129

Youth Program Keynote Session, All Welcome
For full details on the Youth Program, click here.

What impact does women’s participation in decision making have on development, and how does this result in poverty alleviation, personal safety and human rights for all? According to the United Nations Development Program, women and girls account for six out of 10 of the poorest people in the world, only 18 percent of the world’s parliamentarians are women and one-third of all women are subjected to violence. Join us as we discover how the empowerment of women plays a critical role in food security, income generation, access and management of natural resources, personal health and much more.

1:00 PM – 1:50 PM
Eduaction North 2-135
Son Preference: Implications on the Status of Women
Mahvish Parvez and Sabrina Atwal, Indo Canadian Women’s Association
Due to female feticide, the number of women and girls in the world is on the decline. More than 80 million females are missing in India and China alone. The practice of “son preference” also restricts women from reaching their full potential, preventing them from accessing basic health care, education, and personal security. What alternatives can we build so women may exercise their full rights as citizens?

3:00 PM – 3:50 PM
Tory Lecture 12
Bill 44: Democratic or Dangerous?
Janet Keeping, Sheldon Chumir Foundation for Ethics in Leadership
Kris Wells, Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services
Bill 44 gives Alberta parents the right to withdraw their children from instruction when religion, sexual orientation, or human sexuality are discussed in the classroom. It also grants parents the legal right to lodge complaints against teachers and school boards with the Alberta Human Rights Commission if written notices of such curricular lessons are not provided. This legislation has a chilling impact on our classrooms and significantly compromises the nation-building power of public education to develop active, critically-engaged, reflective, and responsible citizens. Learn why Edmonton Public Schools has called for these parental opt-out rights to be repealed.



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