Solidarity with the Sector

We have taken many opportunities over the last year to stand in solidarity with our sector. This has involved sitting on boards, as well as participating in and speaking at international events. Fifteen VIDEA staff members, predominately young people, joined the BCCIC delegation to attend the 65th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). Katelynne Herchak and Brianna Long attended the Generation Equality Forum, Paris 2021 where Kate spoke about feminist youth, decolonization, and the Leave No One Behind pledge. Rachel Barr spoke about VIDEA’s feminist response to COVID-19 at the Canadian Association for the Study of International Development (CASID), and our ED has spoken in many forums about a feminist response to COVID-19, and about decolonization.

VIDEA staff are also sitting on a number of boards and councils in the sector, including Cooperation Canada’s DIGNA (prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse) Advisory Committee, Survivor Centered Approaches working group, and DIGNA youth working group; Cooperation Canada’s Anti-Racism task force and working group. Our ED also co-Chairs the British Columbia Council for International Cooperation and sits on the Global Affairs Canada Public Engagement Advisory Committee and the Global Affairs Canada CSO Partnership Advisory Group. Sunshine, one of our amazing Climate and Gender Justice Coordinators also sits on the Canadian Commission for UNESCO’s Youth Advisory Committee. And so much more!

Indigenous people have always been climate action leaders! Check out this powerful Call to Action by Sekwanahcahk (Shelby) Anderson and Skw’akw’as (Sunshine) Dunstan-Moore: