Approaching Equity in Global Health during COVID-19

Approaching Equity in Global Health during COVID-19
March 20-21, 2021 – Virtual Conference

Organized by Western Heads East (WHE), Global Health Equity Collective (GHEC), the Faculty of Health Sciences Student Council (FHSSC), Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM), UWO students for PIH (Partners in Health), Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research (CCGHR).

This is a 2-day conference, providing participants with the opportunity to explore, connect, and collaborate with the healthcare industry; learn from the keynote speakers, the workshops, and your peers.

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Digital Policing: A Workshop on Facial Recognition Software and Community Resistance

Panel Discussion: Feb 25, 2021 07:00 PM Register

Workshop: Feb 26, 2021 11:00 AM Register

The second event in the Big Data at the Margins series examines how the digitization and datafication of the criminal Justice system has intersected with the development and deployment of AI-driven technologies like facial recognition and predictive policing. Police forces in Canada have been eager to use facial recognition to identify and arrest, raising major concerns surrounding data privacy and the civil rights of the accused. Civil society activists ranging from the Water Protectors of Standing Rock to the Black Lives Matter activists of this past summer’s uprisings against policy brutality and the carceral have been similarly targeted for FRT surveillance by law enforcement authorities. And algorithms used in the US criminal justice system to predict recidivism have drawn international condemnation for their potential for bias against Black defendants. This intensification of policing via digital tools has been met by stiff resistance by communities across North America, calling not only for many of these technologies to be banned, but also for the broader dismantling of the irredeemably racist elements of the carceral state.

Now what? Beyond statements of solidarity

Virtual Forum Session

Monday, January 18, 2021 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET

In this session, participants will learn about how white supremacy, heteropatriarchy, and state violence have come to shape both gender-based violence and the gender-based violence sector in Canada. Join us as panelists discuss why violence against Black women and children must be understood within this broader context, and how this awareness is essential for informing accountability within the gender-based violence sector.

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