SGI, as part of the NGO Working Group on Human Rights Education and Learning (NGO WG on HREL) engaged in the Social Forum, an annual meeting convened by the Human Rights Council, from 1 to 2 October during which time the exhibition “Transforming Lives: The Power of Human Rights Education” was displayed in the United Nations Office at Geneva.
During the evening of 1 October, Elena Ippoliti, Human Rights Officer of the OHCHR, organized a screening of the movie “A Path to Dignity”, co-sponsored by SGI, Human Rights Education Associates, and OHCHR. One of the attendees of the event was Premalatha, a young woman whose story is featured in the movie.
On 2 October the NGO WG on HREL organized a side event titled: “Youth as ambassadors of Human Rights Education: Implementing the next Plan of Action of the World Programme.” About 70 people participated in the event including representatives of youth organizations and networks, Permanent Missions, UN agencies and local and international NGOs. The side event consisted of a panel discussion with: Paulina Tandiono, OHCHR Associate Human Rights Officer; Guillermo Gutierrez, IIMA and VIDES (Uruguay) HRE educator; Victoria Ibiwoyem, OneAfrican Child Foundation for Creative Learning (Nigeria) Director; and Aunell Ross Angcos, UNESCO Youth Peace Ambassador and Chairman of UNESCO Young Professionals of the Philippines. The panel was moderated by Elisa Gazzotti of SGI and co-chair of the NGO WG on HREL. Three youth human rights educators shared their views and experiences on how the Plan of Action for the fourth phase of the World Programme for Human Rights Education can be implemented in Nigeria, Uruguay and the Philippines. After the discussion a breakout sessions took place and all the participants had the opportunity to voice their ideas, experiences as well as how to take concrete actions to implement the Plan at the national level. Elisa Gazzotti of SGI moderated the panel.