International Development Week (IDW) is an annual initiative held during the first week of February since 1991 to engage Canadians on global issues.
International Development Week is celebrating its 30th anniversary under the theme “Go for the Goals”. Referring to the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, this theme illustrates the idea of moving forward in a collaborative and positive way toward a better world through the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which aim to shift the world toward a less wasteful, less destructive and more sustainable and equitable mindset. One where no one goes hungry, no one feels unsafe, and no one is left behind.
While this Agenda involves ambitious goals, we can achieve them if we #GoForTheGoals together.
Learn how Coady participants and graduates are contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals through their work in each of the stories below. A new story will be released each day, February 2 – 8, so be sure to check back or follow us on Facebook and Twitter for daily updates!
As part of International Development Week, we share these stories of change from Coady graduates in their own words – highlighting their experiences, successes, and challenges, of working toward gender equality around the globe.
“What we often find out is that in many places people are facing the same kinds of problems, so there is an ability to problem solve with one another.”Dr. Corrine Cash is a Senior Program Staff at Coady Institute, and facilitates the Bachelor of Arts and Science in...
As an environmental and gender community project coordinator, Rosa Marina works to mitigate the negative impacts of privatized global renewable energy projects in Juchitán, Mexico through asset-based, citizen-led development and advocacy for Indigenous land rights.
Supporting integration and empowerment for Canada’s newcomers, developing solutions for chronic homelessness, improving inclusion for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities – young leaders are taking charge of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by leading development initiatives in their communities.
Coady’s Indigenous Women in Community Development program supports First Nations, Métis and Inuit women committed to fostering development and creating social change in their organizations, communities and Nations. Participants Jasmine Collis and Lisa Osawamick are creating impact in their respective communities by providing and supporting health and wellness initiatives.
“You just have to find ways to survive somehow. And like most women, we have to just look at wherever the opportunities are and go for it.”
GAWN supports women in creating and maintaining income opportunities through self-employment. They offer workshops in enterprise and finance, networking and peer-support opportunities, and host business exposure visits.