Human Rights

Human rights approaches combine international, regional and national legal frameworks. Human rights can also be defined collectively, most commonly by indigenous peoples. Approaches to promoting human rights can therefore involve both 'bottom up' empowerment and 'top down' strengthening of accountability institutions. They also necessitate efforts to tackle structural inequalities caused by exclusion, discrimination and unequal power relations. In our work we place an emphasis on identifying which right(s) are at the centre of the issue we are dealing with, in looking at who in each situation is the “duty-bearer” for that right, and focus programmes on helping marginalised people to better understand their human rights and to build the capacity to be able to claim them.

VIDEA is committed to ending global poverty and creating a more just and equitable world.

We live in a world where extreme poverty and a lack of access to education, health care, a clean environment, gender equality, human rights and economic opportunities are a reality for many. The challenges of poverty are exacerbated by the HIV-AIDS pandemic, which is having a profound effect on daily life and social and economic development.

We believe that a key part of addressing these challenges is to work with youth and community in Canada, to build lasting relationships with overseas partners and communities, and to advocate for global responsibility. Our approach involves innovative education in schools, engaging the public, overseas exchanges, and community-based international development projects.

Carrying forth a legacy of strong programming over 37 years, VIDEA takes pride in our vibrant Indigenous Knowledge, Youth and Schools, International, Research, and Public Engagement Programs. Our work is carried out across BC, the Yukon and Eastern and Southern Africa by over 100 volunteers who in the last year gave over 10,000 volunteer hours to activities that engaged over 25,000 British Colombians and benefited more than 27,000 vulnerable women and men, girls and boys in sub-Saharan Africa.

VIDEA could not do the work that we do without the tremendous support of our many volunteers! They really do drive our organisation. Two groups in particular are incredibly dedicated and constantly go above and beyond to support projects or programmes that need an extra boost. Kelowna Zambia Partnership and Nelson Area Kaoma Alliance are groups located in the interior of BC who partner with communities in Zambia (through our partner organisation Women for Change) to create sustaining links of friendship and solidarity.