Equality & Justice

- Rethinking Perspectives and Responsibilities -

In order to ground the issues of discussion, relevant Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), social enterprises, speakers and so on, related to each of the 4 topics, will be invited. We believe their presence will improve the quality of discussions and understanding of various issues from a non-profit perspective. Students will be able to gain greater awareness of the actual unfiltered issues firsthand, beyond that accessible by mainstream media.

 

At the same time, we hope that our guests can benefit from the fresh ideas and perspectives generated by student participants during the discussions, and all in all, allow this conference to make a positive social impact on our community in the long run.

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Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery

Slavery continues to remain a prominent issue in our world today, especially child labour is some industries worldwide. Women and children being trafficked as prostitutes and factory workers against their will is not something to be taken lightly. This topic explores the possible outlets for raising social awareness and ultimately social intervention to fight against modern slavery and human trafficking.

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Food Security and Hunger

The effects of climate change are increasingly being felt today in several ways. Global temperatures have gone up, water levels have risen, air pollution has worsened in key cities and these have been affecting the lives of the marginalised. Despite this, many still idly sit in comfort, leading unsustainable lives. A considerable change in sustainable behaviour is needed to decelerate the damaging effects of climate change that we feel today. This can only be done when there is a collective effort to live sustainably in our own daily lives, and influence or alter the architecture of our city landscape.

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Sustainable Consumption and Environment

Despite the progress made in reducing poverty in recent decades, the number of people living in poverty globally remains unacceptably high. Progress has been uneven, and according to global growth forecasts, poverty reduction may not be fast enough to reach the UN’s target of ending extreme poverty by 2030. Access to good schools, health care, electricity, safe water and other critical services remains elusive for many people, often determined by socioeconomic status, gender, ethnicity, and geography. Moreover, for those who have been able to move out of poverty, progress is often temporary: economic shocks, food insecurity and climate change threaten to rob them of their hard-won gains and force them back into poverty. It will be critical to find ways to tackle these issues as we make progress toward 2030.

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Gender Inequality in the Workplace

Universal health coverage is a World Health Organisation (WHO) goal, but we are far from achieving this dream. Up to 400 million people in the world today do not even have access to basic healthcare services. This is true even for developed countries, for our health is more than just our bodies and their level of function: it is also about the communities we live in, the lifestyles we are encouraged to lead by various agents, and the sort of intersectional identities we may have. In particular, marginalised groups are at a disadvantage: women in many parts of the world still lack access to proper sanitation, blue-collared migrant workers may not be able to afford the healthcare they require in a foreign country, and physically disabled people continue to face discrimination on varying fronts.

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