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When5pm, 9 July 2019 to 7pm, 9 July 2019
AddressMaison de la littérature, Rue Saint-Stanislas, Quebec City, QC, Canada
2019 Commonwealth Short Story Prize award ceremonyThe world's most global literary prize
The overall winner of the Commonwealth Short Prize 2019 will be announced at the Maison de littérature in Quebec City, Canada.
When7pm, 30 May 2019 to 10pm, 30 May 2019
Address1 Arthur Wint Drive, Kingston, Jamaica
Women Who Walk With WaterCommonwealth Writers Conversations
Jamaican artists are joined by Pacific poet Karlo Mila for a unique event, debuting a performance responding to the themes of climate change and gender.
When9am, 29 May 2019 to 6pm, 31 May 2019
AddressThe University Of The West Indies - Mona, Kingston, Jamaica
Exploring the intersection between gender and climate change in the Caribbean: second conversation
The Foundation, in partnership with the Small Grants Programme of the Global Environmental Facility at United Nations Development Programme, and the Institute for Gender and Development Studies at the University of the West Indies is hosting a dialogue with 23 representatives from Caribbean civil society and other key stakeholders, which aims to enhance the region’s capacity to apply gender intersectionality to its climate change programming.
When6pm, 1 May 2019 to 8pm, 1 May 2019
AddressSt Clair, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
We Mark Your Memory, Caribbean launchWe Mark Your Memory: Legacies of Indenture
In partnership with Bocas Lit Fest, Commonwealth Writers will be presenting the latest Peekash Press anthology, collecting new writing from around the Commonwealth reflecting on the experience of Indian indentureship. With readings by Patti-Anne Ali, Stella Chong Sing, Gabrielle Hosein, and Kevin Jared Hosein, and a performance by Sharda Patasar.
Event is free and open to all, find out more information here.
When9am, 15 May 2019 to 6pm, 17 May 2019
AddressCrowne Plaza Geneva, Avenue Louis-Casaï, Geneva, Switzerland
Accountability in health policy and service provisionLearning exchange
The Foundation will hold a learning exchange between its partners delivering projects on health policy and equity in health service provision across 10 Commonwealth countries. Partners will share knowledge and expertise to unpick some of the challenges of holding governments to account on health rights and to explore what works and can be improved in health policy and accountability processes in different contexts.
Equal access to health is a critical issue for the sustainable development of communities and nations, an important component of Agenda 2030 and a key social justice indicator.
The objectives of the three-day learning exchange are:
1) Share knowledge and expertise between health rights projects and partners from at least eight Commonwealth countries
2) Identify good practices in people’s participation in governance in the health sector covering the following areas:
- Challenges, strategies and approaches that have worked in holding governments to account on health policy commitments and delivering equity in health service delivery
- Engagement in a range of policy and legislation processes in the health sector
- Capacity development approaches and methodologies that have worked
- Approaches in integrating gender and its intersectionality in health projects
3) Document good practices in strengthening civic voices to engage in governance in the health sector from the content of the exchange
The health learning exchange agenda can be downloaded here:
Download the learning exchange agenda (71 downloads)
When1am, 6 March 2019 to 1am, 8 March 2019
The Commonwealth Writers translation symposium
Our work both on translation and in original languages strives to increase the visibility and spread of literatures. English as a global phenomenon creates opportunities; nonetheless, South and Southeast Asian creative works are rarely translated, either between regional (indigenous, or longstanding) languages, or into bridge languages.
When3pm, 9 March 2019 to 8pm, 9 March 2019
AddressIndian Cultural Center (KL), Jalan Tun Sambanthan 4, Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The legacy of indenture in contemporary timesCommonwealth Writers Conversation
On Saturday 9 March, Commonwealth Writers will host a Conversation on the legacy of indenture in contemporary times in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The Conversation will feature two writers from We Mark Your Memory: Writing from the Descendants of Indenture, a collection of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Aneeta Sundararaj from Kuala Lumpur and Gitan Djeli from Mauritius, will read from their pieces. Dr Michael Jeyakumar, a former MP and an expert on the history of the Tamil community in Malaysia, will also sit on the panel and the conversation will be chaired by Chee Yoke Ling, lawyer and Director of Third World Network in Malaysia.
The conversation will finish with performance poetry by Melizarani T. Selva who has been commissioned to write a new poem especially for the event, around the themes discussed.
When6pm, 7 March 2019 to 10pm, 7 March 2019
AddressBlack Kettle, Beach Street, Georgetown, George Town, Penang, Malaysia
The politics of translationCommonwealth Writers Conversation
In March 2019, Commonwealth Writers is convening a Translation Symposium in Penang, Malaysia, exploring literary translation in South and Southeast Asia. On Thursday 7 March, there will be a Commonwealth Writers Conversation on the themes discussed in the Symposium.
Penang-based writers, translators and others interested in translation and the literatures from South and Southeast Asia are invited to join this Conversation.
The speakers will discuss the barriers to literary translation in the region and the imbalances arising from the relative lack of such translation; the global dominance of English and its implications; and the moral and ethical responsibilities of translators. The evening will also feature poetry readings in various languages.
When9am, 4 June 2018 to 6pm, 5 June 2018
AddressUnited Nations House, Balmoral Gap, Bridgetown, Barbados
Exploring the intersection between gender and climate change in the Caribbean: first conversation
In quick succession Hurricanes Irma and Maria wrought unprecedented devastation in the Caribbean last year. It has been acknowledged that women and indigenous communities are more vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. An exploratory civil society discussion hosted by the Commonwealth Foundation and the Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme aims to map the intersection between gender and climate change in the Caribbean.