International Development Week
International Development Week (IDW) aims to encourage Canadian women and men—especially youth—to learn more about and contribute actively to international development. IDW also highlights what Canada and Canadians are doing to make a better world. For many Canadians, this will be an opportunity to talk about what they have done to help reduce poverty in the world.
Highlights of IDW 2017
Our IDW focus this year was on gender equality.
ACIC hosted a catered lunch and panel discussion featuring Sally Armstrong (Human rights activist, journalist and award-winning author covering stories about women and girls in zones of conflict all over the world. Sally is also a three-time Amnesty International award winner, and past member of the International Women’s Commission at the UN) and Masuma Asad Khan (IDS student at Dalhousie University, Campaigns and Outreach Coordinator for the Equity and Accessibility Office for the Dalhousie Student Union and Dalhousie Muslim Student Association’s president).
“A new age is dawning for every mother’s daughter”, was hosted at Delta Halifax and was livestreamed to Memorial University, NL for students and faculty. It was also recorded and viewed on NB Community College campuses throughout NB. Not to be outdone by past winter weather events, PEI wasn’t able to show the panel discussion due to the omnipresent IDW winter storm. See the panel discussion here: www.acic-caci.org/our-work/idw-panel-discussion.html
Sally Armstrong also spoke at Dalhousie University as part of the Global Health Office Speakers Series. Global health and the Sustainable Development Goals Gender Equality (SDG # 5) See more from the Global Health Office on page 3. A big thank you to our co-sponsors WUSC, the Global Health Office, and the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women.
ACIC partnered with Mutcho Cultural Group to celebrate women around the world with a multi-cultural celebration! A fundraiser for clean water for women, participants enjoyed musical performances and dancers from a variety of cultures, and learned about the Gazelle Foundation that is supporting clean water projects in Burundi. We were excited to welcome many special guests, including Geoff Regan (MP), Mike Savage (Mayor of Halifax), and Joanne Bernard (Minister responsible for the Advisory Council on the Status of Women Act).