Film, Panel and Discussion on Effective Aid and Empowering Women

Film, Panel and Discussion on Effective Aid and Empowering Women
Thursday, March 8, 2012 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (PT)
Vancouver, BC

In celebration of International Women’s Day on Thursday March 8, 2012, you are invited to join a discussion on: International Development: Doing things right while doing the right things – stories from the field

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The event is organized by the Justice Education Society and the Regional Office of the Canadian International Development Agency.   A short video will be shown to illustrate a positive example of a women and justice project from Vietnam, followed by short presentations on advice and best ways to get involved in overseas development. Light lunch will be served.

Brief details;
Thursday March 8

12:00 to 1:30 (networking optional until 2:00)

2nd Floor, Room # 214

300 West Georgia Street, Vancouver BC

Space is limited to 40 participants.  Please confirm your participation before March 6th.

Following the event, participants are welcome to attend other International Women’s Day events being held in the Library next door. (For details visit

If you have any questions, please contact Adriana Haukaas at 604.331.5411 or at For more information on CIDA visit


12:00   Meet and greet

12:15   Welcome & introductions — Evelyn Neaman, Justice Education Society

12:25   Video ‘Justice through Knowledge: A new vision for public legal education’ — Introduced by Stephen Herman, Canadian lawyer and filmmaker

Shot entirely in Vietnam, this documentary follows a delegation of Canadian and Vietnamese experts as they apply a model for developing public legal education. Viewers are invited into conversations about legal rights and obligations with women, farmers, and local community leaders and learn how public legal education can lead to justice through knowledge.

12:55   Food for thought:  tips for making the right kind of impact overseas

i)                 Frances Gordon, (former) Country Director Vietnam JUDGE project on ‘Methodologies to Build Capacity and Empower Women’

ii)                Umeeda Switlo, Cuso-International Western Representative on ‘Effective Aid: Volunteerism versus Voluntourism’

1:15   Open discussion

1:30   Closing remarks — Rebecca Mellett, CIDA Regional Office

1:35   Networking until 2:00 p.m.

About Lucy

Lyudmila (Lucy) Rodina is a PhD student the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES). Research interests: Water governance, human right to water, South Africa, socio-ecological systems, urban water systems, resilience.
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