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Bridging our Diversities

In our globalized world today, we are experiencing more and more conflict based on ethnic, religious, and socio-economic identities and differences. Communities are struggling to respond to the impact of global migration patterns and the challenges associated with managing greater diversity.

As our understanding of human rights and equality continues to evolve, we are constantly challenged to ensure the equitable participation of women, youth and groups that have been marginalized, including indigenous peoples; refugees/newcomers; visible minorities; lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) people; and people living with disabilities.

More than ever, there is a need for approaches that promote understanding, respect, inclusion, equality and reconciliation.

Human rights education is a key strategy in this regard. At the Conference, we will work together to develop a dynamic articulation of the value of human rights education as well as document a collection of innovative and effective strategies and practices to respond to current global challenges.






Thematics discussed



Contribution of human rights education (HRE) to addressing global challenges and strategies for greater engagement of governments and civil society

Panel: The role of human rights education in achieving gender equality

This discussion will highlight the importance of the role of human rights education in promoting gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls to overcome exclusion and gender discrimination. It also aims to share some good practices that help promote sexual health and rights and change social norms and behaviours to reinforce gender equality.  It will also begin to identify some good practices that can be adopted to reinforce the work of governments, academics and civil society.

Workshops – Contribution of HRE to addressing global challenges:

  • Role of HRE in building respect for diversity, and more equitable and inclusive communities (i.e. inclusive of e.g., migrants, refugees, people living with disabilities, LGBTQI persons)
  • HRE programs for preventing conflict and violent extremism
  • HRE and the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Protecting and creating enabling environments for human rights educators
  • HRE programs/activities for addressing environmental issues
  • Global, regional, national and local networking for HRE

Workshops – Strategies for making HRE a higher priority for governments and civil society

  • Influencing and supporting a government’s HRE agenda
  • Integrating HRE into the work of government institutions and civil society organizations
  • Effective engagement with decision makers and contributing to policy dialogue through HRE
  • HRE programs/activities to promote reconciliation with Indigenous peoples
  • HRE programs/activities for public officials



HRE Good Practices for Building Inclusive and Equitable Communities

Panel: Human rights education good practices for including people living with disabilities; for including migrants, refugees, newcomers; in promoting equality for the LGBTQI community

This discussion will address the role of human rights education in promoting inclusive and diverse communities, and serve to identify good practices and lessons learned that can strengthen the work of governments and civil society. Each of the three speakers will share experiences and insight coming from their work to achieve greater inclusion of LGBTQI people, marginalized youth and migrants. The speakers will be looking more closely at educational practices that can change social norms and behaviours, promote a culture of inclusion and empowering marginalized groups.

Workshops – HRE good practices for building inclusive and equitable communities:

  • Promoting the participation and protection of children and youth through HRE
  • Promoting gender equality through HRE
  • Promoting equality for the LGBTQI community through HRE
  • Promoting equality for migrants, refugees, newcomers through HRE
  • Promoting equality and inclusion of people living with disabilities through HRE
  • HRE as a means for reconciliation with indigenous peoples



HRE Tactics and Tools to Ensure Impact

Panel: Opportunities and challenges

The aim of this session is to discuss the use of new technologies and media to enhance human rights education reach and impact. The session will also explore effective evaluation tools and strategies to better assess the results of HRE. The panelists will share experiences and lessons learned from their work to ensure impact through HRE tools and tactics.

Workshops – HRE tactics and tools to ensure impact: 

  • The use of new technology, media and social media to enhance our reach and impact
  • Learning from and engaging with other disciplines and sectors
  • Strategies for encouraging HRE in non-traditional spaces (e.g., youth centers, children’s camps, sports leagues, city council meetings, health service centers)
  • Tools and strategies for HRE evaluation
  • Indicators for measuring results of HRE
  • Strategies for engaging youth
  • Promoting the participation and protection of children and youth through HRE



Conference format

The conference consists of three types of sessions:

  • Morning plenary sessions

The goal of these sessions is to present the key themes for the day, stimulate reflection on the part of participants and enable them to get a better grasp of the topics of the workshops so that they can then select what would be most useful for them to participate in. Simultaneous translation in English and French will be provided for these plenary sessions.

Panelists interventions followed by interaction with the audience – in the room and at a distance using technology.

  • Workshops

Workshops will be run simultaneously in either English or French.

The main product of this conference will be a collection of innovative and effective strategies and practices in HRE, in order to respond to current global challenges. Therefore, each workshop will produce a number of such practices to include in a post-conference publication.

Workshops will be conducted according to a participatory approach. Workshop facilitators are encouraged to use this as an opportunity to include any innovative participatory techniques from their own HRE work.

  • Practicum workshops and paper presentations

These workshops in English or French will focus on presenting and actually experiencing HRE materials and/or processes; less focused on theory and strategies, and more on practice grounded in theory.

Paper presentations will leave enough time for interaction and discussion with the audience.