Who We Are

For over 40 years, VIDEA has committed to ending global poverty and creating a more just and equitable world.

VIDEA’s work addresses key international development issues, including decolonization, social justice, human rights, climate justice, and gender justice.

VIDEA strengthens the environment where youth and communities, globally, have access to the education, skills and support necessary to take feminist leadership in developing their own sustainable solutions to gender equality, environment, Indigenous and human rights violations and injustice. We strive to support and inspire others, especially Indigenous, and underrepresented youth, to better understand global issues, and issues of oppression, discrimination, systemic sexism and colonialism, and to use their power and voice, towards more just communities.

Our work integrates intersectionality, gender and climate justice throughout, centering the needs, experiences, and leadership of those most impacted by inequality, discrimination and oppression. We are more than a feminist organisation, we are a women’s organisation. It is our role as a feminist, women’s organisation to create the conditions where the voices of those who identify as women, girls, gender-diverse, and 2SLGBTQ+, and those with additional barriers, are brought to the centre of conversations.

Our Vision

A just and equitable world in which everyone enjoys full knowledge of their human rights, and the education, skills and support necessary to claim and live them.

Our Mission

To strengthen the environment where youth and communities, globally, have access to the education, information, skills and support necessary to take leadership in developing their own sustainable solutions to environment, Indigenous and human rights violations and injustice.

Policies, Statements & Annual Reports

As part of our commitment to transparency, we have a range of internal policies, financial and visionary statements, and reports available to the public. 

Our Values

Human Rights-Based Approach

We have applied a human rights-based approach across our work since 1978. We are willing to be courageous, innovative and radical in order to confront environmental, indigenous and human rights injustices.

Intersectional Feminism

Gender equality is central to community development. We believe in the right of all womxn to make their own decisions about their sexual and reproductive health. We are a pro-choice organisation.

Solidarity

We believe that youth are the leaders of today and are critical agents of change. We work to ensure that youth from diverse backgrounds are represented at all levels of our organisation. We believe that young people should have their voices heard and we are willing to stand up to prevent the silencing of youth.

International Instruments

We align our work with the Sustainable Development Goals. We believe in the centrality of internally agreed-to frameworks and conventions as guiding instruments. We believe in every person’s equal right to: food, clean water, shelter, healthcare, a sustainable livelihood and education.

Indigenous Sovereignty & Reconciliation

We support the rights of Indigenous Peoples to control their own land and governance systems. We are committed to collaborating and consulting Indigenous people on our work, and support reconciliation activities in Canada.

Youth Leadership

We believe that youth are the leaders of today and are critical agents of change. We work to ensure that youth from diverse backgrounds are represented at all levels of our organisation. We believe that young people should have their voices heard and we are willing to stand up to prevent the silencing of youth.

Diversity

We believe in the value of diversity and rights for all. We believe that women’s rights, disability rights, 2SLGBTQI+ rights, and Indigenous rights, are human rights. We believe in every person’s right to religious freedom. We are a non-religious organisation.

Anti-Racism

VIDEA denounces all forms of racism, racial discrimination, and oppression. Racism, discrimination and oppression limit opportunities, cause harm to individuals and communities, and wreck lives. Racism, discrimination and oppression are wrong. We recognize no grey areas – these issues will not be debated within VIDEA.

Environmental Stewardship

We integrate environmental analysis and stewardship across our work. We work to tackle climate change, protect biodiversity, and honour the sanctity of our land, forests, oceans, air, and fresh water.

Independent Voice

We believe in transparency and accountability. We value our independent voice and protect our financial autonomy from political or corporate interests.

Disarmament

We believe that the absence of armed conflict, disarmament, and non-violence are key in addressing global issues.

Human Rights-Based Approach

We have applied a human rights-based approach across our work since 1978. We are willing to be courageous, innovative and radical in order to confront environmental, indigenous and human rights injustices.

Intersectional Feminism

Gender equality is central to community development. We believe in the right of all womxn to make their own decisions about their sexual and reproductive health. We are a pro-choice organisation.

Solidarity

We believe that youth are the leaders of today and are critical agents of change. We work to ensure that youth from diverse backgrounds are represented at all levels of our organisation. We believe that young people should have their voices heard and we are willing to stand up to prevent the silencing of youth.

International Instruments

We align our work with the Sustainable Development Goals. We believe in the centrality of internally agreed-to frameworks and conventions as guiding instruments. We believe in every person’s equal right to: food, clean water, shelter, healthcare, a sustainable livelihood and education.

Indigenous Sovereignty & Reconciliation

We support the rights of Indigenous Peoples to control their own land and governance systems. We are committed to collaborating and consulting Indigenous people on our work, and support reconciliation activities in Canada.

Youth Leadership

We believe that youth are the leaders of today and are critical agents of change. We work to ensure that youth from diverse backgrounds are represented at all levels of our organisation. We believe that young people should have their voices heard and we are willing to stand up to prevent the silencing of youth.

Diversity

We believe in the value of diversity and rights for all. We believe that women’s rights, disability rights, 2SLGBTQI+ rights, and Indigenous rights, are human rights. We believe in every person’s right to religious freedom. We are a non-religious organisation.

Workers Rights

We believe in the right of all works to organize to protect their wages, working conditions and work environment. We believe that all people deserve an equal chance to earn a livable and competitive wage for their work, including workers in the not-for-profit sector and their own employees. We believe in every person’s right to religious freedom. We are a non-religious organization.

Anti-Racism

VIDEA denounces all forms of racism, racial discrimination, and oppression. Racism, discrimination and oppression limit opportunities, cause harm to individuals and communities, and wreck lives. Racism, discrimination and oppression are wrong. We recognize no grey areas – these issues will not be debated within VIDEA.

Environmental
Stewardship

We integrate environmental analysis and stewardship across our work. We work to tackle climate change, protect biodiversity, and honour the sanctity of our land, forests, oceans, air, and fresh water.

Independent Voice

We believe in transparency and accountability. We value our independent voice and protect our financial autonomy from political or corporate interests.

Disarmament

We believe that the absence of armed conflict, disarmament, and non-violence are key in addressing global issues.