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Are we there yet? LGBT rights in Wales and the World

On November 26 at the Temple of Peace will be an event in response to the UN’s Free and Equal Campaign – a push towards equality for LGBT people. With activist Peter Tatchell, the event will look at past achievements and consider areas for future action.

Register here and look out for fundraising events through the summer. Contact us if you’d like to be involved

A bigger and better return? 

Last year saw the first 'Watch Africa' film festival. There has been a huge demand for the festival to continue and plans are in place to screen over 15 films across 5 different venues in Wales in 2014. 

These being Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff; Taliesin in Swansea; PONTIO in Bangor, Aberystwyth Arts Centre and Tywyn Arts Centre. 

The festival provides a platform for African films, art and culture in Wales.

Want to ensure this festival happens? Please visit the kick starter website to donate and find out more about the festival.


Two bills in the right direction?

Shaping our future. 

The Welsh Government released its first draft of the Future Generations Bill. It aims to tackle inter-generational challenges that Wales faces in a more joined up and integrated way.

To ensure the Welsh Government is making a real and sustainable long-term difference to Wales, the Sustainable Alliance was born. It aims to bring together over 30 organisations fighting for social justice in Wales and around the world and to do so within the environmental limits of our one planet, using only our fair share of resources.

WCIA and HubCymru are part of this alliance pushing forward for a stronger Bill that will go further in ensuring the future of Wales as a sustainable nation.
 

Modern Slavery

The Queen’s speech in early June saw the announcement of the Modern Slavery Bill, believed to be the first of its kind in Europe, and one of the first in the world, to specifically address slavery and trafficking in the 21st century.

No-one expects to hear about slavery here in Wales, but as I write this, four men have been arrested on the outskirts of Cardiff for such offences. "Allegations from one of the victims cover slavery, servitude and forced labour and span a period of 26 years” state Gwent Police.

A Modern Slavery Bill will be introduced to strengthen the powers to prevent modern slavery.

Read more about the bill here 


Gadget Granny! 

An e-learning Africa Conference seminar in Uganda is not the normal place to find a grandma from rural Wales, but Valerie Wood-GaIger MBE is no ordinary grandma. She is the founder of ‘Learning with Grandma’.
The initiative, focused on international learning, was born when she realised she had the same fear as a Cameroonian Chief – in the digital age, the past was being left behind. 

In late May grandma delivered a speech at the E-learning conference. She said: “The young can share their technological skills with the older generation...The young can record  the older people’s stories and knowledge, and so learn and preserve the mysteries of the past”.

To learn more visit the e-learning Africa web page or see Valerie’s speech here

Educational resources for summer. 

Summer Holidays are fast approaching but this does not mean international affairs stop. Carry on the learning this summer with these activities.

Learn, think and act on global water issues this summer.

It’s been hard to miss the Football World Cup happening in Brazil, but do you know about inequality between and within participating countries, see The World Cup: A Fair game

Send my friend is a education campaign to speak out about the right to an education. 
Our events

UNA Wales at the Vale of Glamorgan Show
18 August

Drug legalisation debate with Professor Nutt
15 October, Temple of Peace, Cardiff

WCIA Anniversary Lecture
12 November, Temple of Peace, Cardiff

Are we there yet? LGBT rights in Wales and the World
7.00-9.00pm 26 November, Temple of Peace, Register here

Debating Championship 

Debate Training Days

North Wales  - Monday 15 September - Bangor University
South Wales  - Friday 19 September - Cardiff University
Register here.

Regional Rounds 

2 October - Swansea, Neath and Port Talbot Round.
7 October - Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire Round. 
9 October - Cardiff, Caerphilly and Merthyr Round A. 
9 October - Cardiff, Caerphilly and Merthyr Round B. 
14 October - Torfaen, Newport, Blaenau Gwent and Monmouthshire Round.
16 October - Vale of Glamorgan, Rhondda Cynon Taff and Bridgend Round. 
21 October - Powys Round. 
22 October - Gwynedd, Conwy and Anglesey Round. 
23 October - Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham Round. 

The Quarter and Semi finals followed by the Grand Final will take place in November.
Register here

Other dates for your diary
Handling Conflict: A Weekend Workshop / Alternatives to Violence Project
3 - 5 October Cardiff Meeting House

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Blogs

The Abu Qatada Show: Prejudice and Hatred versus the Right to a Fair Trial

Housing First? Approaches in Wales and Europe

Why the ‘Stop Torture’ campaign is more important than ever 

Think of what we’ve achieved 

Investing in Girls 

Check out a week in the life of a work experience student at the WCIA. 

 
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