for GLOBAL CHANGE
Image: Mosque-Cathedral in Cordoba, Spain. seminar on religion, and human rights.
The Oxford Initiative for Global Ethics and Human Rights houses global projects that consciously engage across academia, policymaking, and activism for the greater good.
The flagship projects of the Initiative are the Global Women's Narratives Project (founded as a UNESCO Chair project funded by the Carnegie Council and now a partner of Oxford Global PeaceTech), and the Oxford Global Workshops—short courses held at Oxford on current issues in global ethics and human rights with experiential field components. As a community, we are committed to creating projects and seminars on understudied topics such as understandings of war and peace through the arts and humanities, and the lived experiences of women across all disciplines connected to ethics and human rights.
Originally founded in 2018 by Dr. Julia Amos (Oxford), Dr. Lyn Boyd-Judson (Oxford, UNESCO) and Dr. Melissa Rowe (RAND Corp), the Initiative has since grown to join with global universities, cities, institutes, NGOs, nonprofits, and governmental actors. We have offices in Oxford and Los Angeles and nonprofit 501c3 educational charity status.
Future collaborations in progress include a conflict narrative project in Eritrea, a law and religion narrative project in Brazil, annual summer conferences with the International Human Rights Law Association (Oxford), distribution of scalable PTSD diagnostic tools for women survivors of violence, a series on writing about conflict with poet Damian Gorman from Northern Ireland, children's libraries for refugee camps in Greece with fellow Manas Ghanem, and a Moral Courage Academy with Irshad Manji.
Oxford Initiative 2020 delegates are warmly invited to a mixture of poetry reading and group chat with award-winning Northern Irish poet and peace activist DAMIAN GORMAN. As well as reading and talking about some of his poetry, Damian will also discuss the issues which can come up when you're working with people to make something public out of their own stories of conflict.
ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN
A Zoom event with
Wednesday, June 24th, 6PM UK
From Belfast, Northern Ireland
ARE YOU WITH ME?
Kevin Boyle and the Rise of
the Human Rights Movement
Tuesday 24 March 5.00pm – 6.30pm Followed by a wine reception
Held at Merton College (Mure Room)
University of Oxford
Photo credit: (Peter Orme, Daily Telegraph) shows Kevin Boyle, (centre) at the launch of the Rushdie campaign in 1998/9 with (l/r) Kazuo Ishiguro, Arnold Wesker, Frances D’Souza and Harold Pinter.
ARTICLE 19 and the Oxford Initiative for Global Ethics and Human Rights join to host a seminar on the development of the human rights movement as we know it today, through the life of one man, human rights giant the late Kevin Boyle. Boyle’s biographer, former veteran CNN foreign correspondent Mike Chinoy, will speak about his new book on Boyle’s pivotal role in several of the most important campaigns to have shaped human rights internationally. Chinoy will be joined by Paddy Coulter, Chair of ARTICLE 19, Borislav Petranov, Director of Global Rights and Accountability for the Open Society Human Rights Initiative, and Denise Dora, Regional Director for ARTICLE 19 in Brazil and South America. Together they will assess Boyle’s legacy and take stock of where the international human rights movement now stands.
Fellows collaborate with the Oxford Initiative on ongoing projects, design signature sessions for our seminars, and participate in our community of scholars.
Images above from left: Dr. Catia Confortini from Wellesley College with attendees, lecturer Asil Sidahmed, Advocacy Strategy for Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders, Dr. Julia Amos of Oxford's War and Peace Network and attendees from University of Southern California, University of Michigan, Wellesley College, Claremont College, and Estácio de Sá University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.