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International Development Week (2021) at Centennial College

International Development Week (2021) at Centennial College

Join us in celebrating “International Development Week,” an annual event, organized by the International Development Postgraduate Program of Centennial College.

The COVID-19 global pandemic has exposed inequities around the world, especially for many vulnerable groups and communities. This year’s virtual event includes interactive discussions on crucial development issues, with speakers from different development organizations, and diverse viewpoints and backgrounds. The event, aptly themed, “Inclusive Recovery: Advancing Change through Equality and Empowerment,” will be held from February 9 to11.

The United Nation’s Disaster Risk Reduction Strategy: “Building Back Better” refers to an opportunity to embrace a safe, just and sustainable recovery that includes well-being, inclusiveness and reduced inequalities. Please join us as we discuss these issues and explore solutions, to attain the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030!

This is a free event. Be sure to register at the links below.

We have an exciting line-up of speakers and interactive sessions! Follow the conversation on social media at #IDW2021 and we’ll see you there!

Tuesday, February 9 at 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Gender Equality in Times of Crisis

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The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women and girls is particularly severe, “simply by virtue of their sex” (UNWOMEN, 2020). Speakers will share stories and evidences from frontline/local communities on how people in developing countries and conflict-affected areas have worked together to tackle related obstacles and challenges. A discussion will follow on how we can effectively continue to promote gender equality under this challenging global environment.

Session Moderator: Dr. Vida Shehada, Centennial College

Speaker Organization Topic
Aniqah Zowmi Ontario Council for International Cooperation (OCIC) Intersectional Perspectives on Gender Considerations in International Development’
Dr. Maggie Zeng Independent consultant Gender Equality and Promoting Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR)
Onome Ako Amref Health Africa The Impact of COVID-19 on Women and Girls
Marise Denault UNFPA Bangladesh Prevention and Response to Gender Based Violence in Emergencies - Rohingya Refugees
Yesenia Villalta ADCASMUS - Word Accord’s partner organization in El Salvador” Tackling Gender Inequality in Rural Communities of El Salvador
Laura Barbosa Students Offering Support Education and Empowerment of Young Women Amid COVID-19 (A Case Study of the Guate Groundswell program

Tuesday, February 9 at 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Our Alumni in the International Development Field

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Join the International Development Program at Centennial College during International Development Week (IDW) in an interactive session to meet recent program graduates working in the field on Tuesday, February 9 at 1:00-3:00 pm. As young professionals, the speakers will provide valuable insight into work options within the sector as well as how to use your skills to create social impact.

Session Moderator: Amaya Renobales, Global Affairs Canada

Speaker Organization Topic
Siddhartha (Sid) Naidu Scarborough Made / SNCD Media Creating for Social Impact
Gonzalo Narciso Santos UNHCR Joining the International Development Field in Canada
Joao de Franco Global Affairs Canada Joining the International Development Field in Canada
Jessica Bernard Children Believe Joining the International Development Field in Canada

Wednesday, February 10 at 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Food Security: Building a Just, Sustainable Recovery Locally, Nationally, and Globally

Speakers from around the world and in Canada will examine local, national and global approaches to ending hunger, the effect of climate change on food, and what is needed to build a just and sustainable post pandemic recovery.

Food Security (1): Local Examples in Canada and Overseas

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Session Moderator: Professor William Sparks, Centennial College

Speaker Organization Topic
Azeezat O Sole UNICEF - Nigeria Food Security and Local Climate Change Issues in North West Nigeria
Erica Grey Tsi Tyónnheht Onkwawén:na First Nation, Napanee, ON Indigenous Language and Culture Recovery through Traditional Food - the Kenhtè:ke Seed Sanctuary.
Paul Wagenaar United Way of Bruce Grey, ON Food Security in Rural Ontario
Noura A. Alghaffar Our Climate Egypt: Environmental Engineering & Education Climate and Water Resources
Mukti Suvedi World Renew Nepal A Global Approach to Food Security in Nepal

Wednesday, February 10 at 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Food Security (2): National & Global Examples Session

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Session Moderator: Professor William Sparks, Centennial College

Speaker Organization Topic
Gisèle Yasmeen Food Secure Canada Canada’s National Food Policy: What’s Missing
Glenn Checkley Canadian Feed the Children Food Sovereignty in Indigenous Communities across Canada
Julie Marshall World Food Program What’s Needed for a Just Recovery, End Hunger, and Reach SDG-2 by 2030

Thursday, February 11 at 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Humanitarian Response amid the Pandemic

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The current crisis has exacerbated the suffering of vulnerable individuals and communities. NGOs services are as crucial now than ever. Speakers from five major NGOs will share how they mobilize their resources and leverage their networks to maintain and expand humanitarian services in some of the most impoverished and vulnerable communities.

Session Moderator: Dr. Maggie Zeng

Speaker Organization Topic
Danny Glenwright and
Stacey Sawchuk
Action Against Hunger/ Humanitarian Coalition A Crisis within A Crisis: What Happens When Disaster Strikes During A Pandemic?
Tineka Levy Save the Children Canada A Just Recovery: Localisation in the Era of COVID-19
Annie Bodmer-Roy UNICEF UNICEF’s Global Humanitarian Response to COVID19.
Julie McKinlay World Vision Canada World Vision’s Response to Unprecedented Times – Immediate Impacts and Aftershocks of COVID-19
Nabil Ali International Development and Relief Foundation (IDRF) A Localized Approach to Bridging Humanitarian Aid and Sustainable Development Programs.

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