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#CelebratingHumanRights season starts

The WCIA's season of #CelebratingHumanRights kicked off in style on October 17 with Fighting for Rights: Colombia. There was Colombian food, performances, Cumbia dancing and speakers at the event that incorporated the Oil Justice speaker tour. 

BP or not BP opened the evening at the Temple of Peace with a short performance, before Cardiff Central Labour MP Jo Stevens spoke via video: "The British Government is sadly lacking in its approach to human rights abuses in Colombia," she said. 

Chair Gareth Simms then handed over to Gilberto Torres, Colombian trade unionist, who spoke about his experiences of being kidnapped and tortured. A summary of his story is outlined in a video in the online Guardian.

Gilberto's lawyer, Francisco Ramirez, then spoke, before the audience watched a performance of Cumbia (traditional Colombian dancing) and tucked into Colombian food. 

View the social media story and photos.

Youth International Development Summit and Debating Final

On December 4, young people in Wales will join the first Youth International Development Summit in Cardiff. 
Through an interactive day, participants will find out how to get involved in the sector, volunteering opportunities, influencing AMs/MPs, and more about the Sustainable Development Goals.
The day will cumulate in the Grand Final of the Wales Schools Debating Championships, funded by the Jane Hodge Foundation.
This is a partnership event between Hub Cymru Africa, Youth Cymru and the WCIA and is kindly sponsored by Julie Morgan AM. Registrations open soon. 

Volunteering at the WCIA

Judith Nubold joined us as a volunteering near the beginning of the Wales for Peace Project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Here's how she found her experience of volunteering with the WCIA:
What interested you in volunteering for the WCIA?
The project itself - I wanted to see its beginning, to get a sense of how a project starts. I was also attracted by the diversity of the tasks I could do and the community outreach ambition of the project.  

What were your first impressions?

There was a lot of energy - a real vibe and buzz about the WCIA in general, not just the project team. It's truly a very ambitious and energetic place to be.

What tasks did you volunteer on?

I worked on the project plan - it [the detailed project plan] needed to be updated and translated into an Excel workbook. I also did some online research into peace education resources and a feature for the website on International Conscientious Objectors day.

What did you enjoy the most?

I covered so much ground - I really learned about the many details of the project through the project plan - I learned a lot about project management. I also felt valued and appreciated as a volunteer by the team.

You went on to a short term position with Teach First. Do you think your volunteering experiences helped you to secure this role?

It has helped me a lot with future roles in general and I think helped me in securing the position as similar skills were required.

Is there anything you would like to say to people considering volunteering with the WCIA?

The most important thing is to get in touch, get informed and find out about opportunities - from offering a few hours up to a long term commitment. Don't feel shy or under-estimate yourself. I suggest being clear about expectations - the team were very responsive to what I felt I could contribute, could learn; something in there for everyone.

WCIA debate on coverage of international news

Sky News, Sunday Times and BBC speakers will be at the Temple of Peace on 3 December for a WCIA debate about media coverage of international issues.
Jonathan Levy (Director of News Gathering and Operations at Sky News), Sean Ryan (Foreign Editor at the Sunday Times), Martin Shipton (Chief Reporter at Media Wales) and a BBC representative will discuss how the media get their angle, and what factors drive media content in international stories.
In this free partnership event with Cardiff University, chaired by Prof Richard Sambrook, Deputy Head of the School for Journalism, Media & Cultural Studies, there will be opportunities to hear from the speakers and ask questions.
Susie Ventris-Field, WCIA Deputy Chief Executive, said: “In one of many examples, the headlines this year about refugees went from ‘swarms of migrants’ to ‘refugees welcome’.
“We’re excited to hold an event to explore what drives this content – to what degree it is journalistic instinct, political stance, proprietors, public opinion or other factors that influence what gets covered and how.


Expert workshop

Ahead of the debate there will be a workshop where a panel of experts will discuss and answer questions on how to influence the media on international issues.
Tickets are £20 per person with the money being used to contribute towards the WCIA’s free events programme for the general public.


Film festival finale at Chapter Arts Centre

The Watch-Africa Film Festival will take over Chapter Arts Centre on 21 November with screenings, food, arts and crafts.
Fadhili Maghiya, event founder, said: “This year’s event has been the most popular yet, with more screenings and participants across Wales.
“I’m excited about the finale at Chapter to bring in even more people to enjoy the festival.
“There will be 5 screenings in total from 10.00am-9.00pm with discussions, an Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony and much more.” 

So far, participants in the festival have described it as ‘a breath of fresh air’, ‘inspiring’ and ‘informative’.
Book for screenings on the Chapter Arts Centre website, or just come along on the day for the other activities. 
Our events

Remembering for Peace, 6 November, Coleg Cambria, Wrexham. Register.

Wales and Climate Change, 18 November, Temple of Peace, Cardiff. Save the date - registrations open soon.

#LightaCandle15, 25 November, Llandaff Cathedral – International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Find out more.

Small World: Debate on media reporting of international issues, 3 December, Temple of Peace, Cardiff. Find out more and register. 

Youth International Development Summit incorporating the Wales Schools Debating Championship Final, 4 December, Tŷ Hywel, National Assembly for Wales. Hub Cymru Africa and WCIA event sponsored by Julie Morgan AM. Registrations open soon.
Human Rights Festival, #CelebratingHumanRights, 13 December, Temple of Peace, Cardiff. Save the date.

Our training and CPD
Making Sense of the Global Citizenship Challenge, CEWC, 30 November, Temple of Peace. CPD for teachers. Register.  

Participatory Approaches to Development, Hub Cymru Africa, 3 November, Tŷ Gwydr, Bangor. Register. 

Proving your Impact, Hub Cymru Africa, 27 November, Bro Ddyfi Leisure Centre, Machynlleth. Register.

Other dates for your diary

Watch Africa Film festival - dates throughout October and November. Event finale on 21 November, Chapter Arts Centre – book tickets for films on the Chapter website.

Pakistan - Journalists Under Threat, 9 November, venue to be confirmed. Find out more. 

Gen Verde International Music Conference, 12 November, The Newport Centre. Find out more.

Ban School Yard Recruitment, UNA Cardiff and District, 16 November, 7.00-9.00pm, Temple of Peace, Cardiff. Find out more.

Wales Climate Action Day, 28 November. 1.30pm mass bike ride from Bute Street to the Senedd, followed by speakers/entertainment. Save the date. 

Event resources
Should the UK Remain in NATO? 30 September. Photos, report.

A Year of Change, Hub Cymru Africa, 15 October. Photos.

Global Diaspora Week, Hub Cymru Africa, 17 October. Photos and report.

#CelebratingHumanRights, Fighting for Rights. Photos and social media

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