Student-organized conference wins human rights award
The student-organized Health and Human Rights Conference (HHRC) is this year’s recipient of the Queen’s Human Rights Initiative Award, given out to commemorate International Human Rights Day and the anniversary of the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights on December 10.
"It is a great honour to have the Health and Human Rights Conference recognized by the Queen’s Human Rights Initiative Award," says Jesleen Rana, who was a co-chair of this year's conference along with Jessica Moe. "The vision of the HHRC is to create a space for discussion, creativity and reflection, where participants are encouraged to challenge themselves, to engage others, and to ask difficult questions."
HHRC is an annual event coordinated by the students of the Queen’s School of Medicine in collaboration with students from other faculties. Experts from various departments, professions and backgrounds share their unique perspectives on the interconnection between health and human rights.
“The opportunity for the Queen’s community to hear from and meet outstanding health care professionals who have faced human rights challenges in the provision of health care provides encouragement for those already committed to careers in improving human rights,” says Queen’s faculty member Jackie Duffin, one of 19 people to nominate HRRC for the award.
The conference, which was first held in 2000, is attended by a broad cross-section of people at Queen’s and the surrounding region.
“The Health and Human Rights Conference has and continues to make an outstanding contribution to the advancement of equality and human rights in the Queen’s community,” says Margot Coulter of the Queen’s Human Rights Office.
Past recipients of the Human Rights Initiative Award include the Queen’s University International Centre’s English Conversation Group, Reel Out Film Festival, Four Directions Annual Aboriginal Symposium, and the Queen’s Muslim Student Association Campaign for a Hate-Free Campus.