International Development Week

Masuma Asad Khan & Sally Armstrong

Masuma Asad Khan & Sally Armstrong

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.

This year, 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 

PEI musical performers at IWD events

PEI musical performers at IWD events

PEI did host other events of its own with NGO displays at Charlottetown’s Timothy’s Café all month. The Island also hosted a film screening at University PEI with Cinema Politica “The Real Thing: coca, democracy and rebellion in Bolivia” was shown in support of Fallon Mawhinney’s July 2017 trip to Bolivia, with Uniterra and WUSC. The Real Thing explores the US’s declared “war on drugs” and how it has affected the people of Bolivia. 

ACIC youth representatives and members in PEI also presented their work at Timothy’s Café at an afternoon event featuring music, snacks and conversation.

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.