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The symposium “Building Empathy, Conquering Apathy” launches May 17thon International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.  It’s the second event in a three-year plan to prevent and raise awareness of human-rights violations, such as gender-based violence, discrimination, harassment, and bullying at the intersections of gender-identity, race, sexual orientation, and poverty.


BECA will bring together educators, policy makers, human-rights advocates, academics, non-profit and front-line service workers with the goal of exploring promising approaches to preventing human rights violations, such as empathy-based human-rights education.  


1. Facilitate dialogue, networking and understanding of human-rights violations, such as gender-based violence, discrimination, bullying, harassment, and the intersections between gender identity, sexual orientation, race and poverty.

2. Encourage innovation and collaboration by facilitating the flow of information between NGOs, decision-makers, and volunteers.

3. Build community capacity to respond to and prevent human rights violations.

4. Encourage public participation in a growing dialogue about human-rights violations such as gender-based violence, discrimination, bullying, and harassment.

5. Build momentum for deeper collaboration over the next two years.


Heart of the Robbins, MacEwan University,

10700 – 104 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 4S2

Shaw Theatre, 11762 106 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5G 3H6

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