Global Human Rights: Effective 21st Century Strategies

Nov 30th - All Day

Global Human Rights: Effective 21st Century Strategies

Conference co-sponsored by SCRA and Women & Psychology Australia

The conference focus is on effective activism strategies for advancing women and human rights globally, nationally and locally. The day will include two short screenings from the Women, War and Peace PBS series, which revealed how the post-Cold War proliferation of small arms changed the landscape of war with women becoming primary targets, suffering unprecedented casualties, and emerging as leaders in brokering peace and forging new international laws. The morning of the symposium will be a collation, analysis, and discussion of effective change movement and leadership.  The afternoon will be a collation, discussion and analysis of effective current and historical change strategies and how these can be mobilized in the 21st century.


In the morning there will be a half hour screening of the strategies used by Afro-Colombian women standing up for a generation of Colombians who have been terrorized and forcibly displaced as a deliberate strategy of war. Following this will be a session entitled “Affect Bytes” which is a presentation format where presenters give short, 4 minute presentations in rapid succession.


The topic for the morning Affect Bytes will be: Inspirational Activism.

Presenters will be invited to give a short profile of an activist or change agent, current or historical who they have found personally inspiring. The presentation is to be 3-4 minutes in length with strict time monitoring. There is only a brief announcement of the name of each presenter.  This format will enable up to 20 short presentations on effective activism. Following this there will be a facilitated discussion of the activists presented, concepts of activism and a workshopping on findings.


The afternoon screening will move to a global focus on human rights issues and will begin with the screening of interviews with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee, Bosnian war crimes investigator Fadila Memisevic, globalization expert Moisés Naím, and other survivors of war and peace-making.  


Following this screening, there will be a second Affect Bytes with the presentation focus of Effective Activism Strategies and Outcomes.  Again, there will be strict time monitoring for approximately 20 presenters followed by facilitated discussion and workshopping to analyse what can be drawn from the examples to assist us, in order to survive and be effective in a global context. By the end of the day there will be a body of collated work regarding Effective Global Responses for 21st Century Human Rights to be compiled into a compendium or publication.


The Symposium will be held Sunday November 30th at Edith Cowan University, Mt Lawley, Western Australia. If you would like to participate in the Affect Bytes for either the morning or afternoon session please forward your name, contact details and 50 words outlining either the inspiring figure or activism strategies that you would like to present to Dr. K. Thomas at The submission deadline is July 28th