Loading Events

Join BCCIC, Amnesty International, UBC ORICE, and the Simon K.Y Lee Global Lounge for this IDW 2022 kick-off event!

Join BCCIC in kickstarting International Development Week 2022 on Monday, February 7 through our interactive roundtable discussion.

This virtual event will feature experts working around the world to uplift and advance women’s voices, leadership and priorities in moments of instability, conflict, extremism, and crisis.

Participants will be exposed to cutting-edge community-based work being carried out in the area of peace, security and women’s leadership, actively participate in the discussion, and leave inspired to dive deeper into this compelling subject matter.

If you’re passionate or curious about tech for social good, peace through a feminist lens, women’s role in revolutionary movements, or transformative justice services, you’ll want to make room in your calendar to attend this event.


This event is made possible thanks to contributions from Global Affairs Canada

BCCIC's IDW Kickoff event poster - join us on Feb 7.!

Meet Our Speakers

Jen Freeman
CEO of PeaceGeeks

Headshot of Nazik Kabalo

Nazik Kabalo
Women, Peace & Security Network – Canada

Photo of Ellen Woodsworth

Ellen Woodsworth
Member of Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom Canada

Justice Education Center Logo

Charlotte Haynes
Senior Program Advisor, Justice Education Society

Jennifer Freeman joined PeaceGeeks as its new CEO in April 2020. Her origins in peacebuilding began 18 years ago where her work has spanned into conflict zones, refugee settlements, nonprofits, universities, and working with peacebuilders from over 55 countries. Jen has been at the forefront of developing strategic initiatives and public-private partnerships that leverage technology to enhance the safety, security, and agency of peacebuilders in Canada, Jordan, and around the world. Before joining PeaceGeeks, she was the Associate Director for the Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice at the University of San Diego as well as a Professor of Practice at the Kroc School of Peace Studies. She is currently a remote visiting fellow at the London School of Economics’ Centre for Women, Peace and Security, and advisor to the Network of Religious and Traditional Peacemakers, as well as a member and partner of the Women’s Alliance for Security Leadership (WASL).

Nazik is a Woman Human Rights Defender from Sudan. Researcher and writer. She is member in Women Peace and Security Network/Canada and MENA Coalition for Women Human Rights Defenders. She has published articles on OpenDemocracy and Amnesty Canada and USA on women rights and refugees rights issues. She worked for the last 15 years in documentation and advocacy for women and human rights in Sudan.

Ellen Woodsworth has been an active member of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom Canada for many years, is the Founder and Matriarch of Women Transforming Cities International Society and former Vancouver City Councillor. Her work includes creating intersectional feminist green just economic recovery strategies for various levels of government, UN consultations on gender and LGTBQI2S issues, and contributing to a range of international forums.

Charlotte is currently a Senior Program Advisor with Justice Education Society of BC, and was the Project Director for Global Affairs Canada funded project, Building a Technological Platform to Support Victim Services in Guatemala.

Charlotte has been living and working in Guatemala since 2014 as part of her doctoral research on teaching difficult histories. She previously worked to develop programs for educators and youth in Guatemala on issues related to violence, justice, and human rights. She has also developed teacher professional development programs in South Sudan and Equatorial Guinea.

Charlotte holds graduate degrees from Stanford University and Teachers College, Columbia University in History Education and International Education Development. She is currently gaining a PhD from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Colleen Handley, our event facilitator

Meet Our Facilitator


Colleen Hanley 
Strategic Planning and JEDI Consultant, Facilitator and Interculturalist 

Colleen (pn: she/her/elle) is of Norwegian and English heritage, having grown up on the Prairies, lived in the Maritimes, the Lower Mainland and now in the Comox Valley with her husband. She gratefully acknowledges she is a guest on the traditional and ancestral lands of the K’omoks people. She retired Emeritus from North Island College as Associate Director, North Island College International. She also held positions as counsellor, community developer and instructor during her tenure at North Island College.

Learn more about Colleen here.