Date and Location
Friday December 1, 2023 to Sunday December 10, 2023

The John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights (JHC) and trusted partners will host the Ignite Change 2023 Global Convention, the largest celebration for the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Ignite Change promises to be a historical gathering of civil society, academics and decision makers from across the globe to reaffirm their commitment to the principles of justice, freedom, equality and dignity. 

From December 1-10, 2023, partners will host a series of online events that will work to amplify and advance human rights while building bridges and solidarity across diverse communities. We aim to foster dialogue, collaboration, reflection and action on the present human rights challenges facing our world today. Each day of the Convention an overarching theme will be explored. Inherently, all rights and all humanity are interconnected and interdependent and thus the themes and topics of each day will intersect and connect to the others. Check out the themes that will be explored below or read the Convention brief which goes into more detail:

December 1: Coming to Terms with Genocide, Colonization and Uprooting the Children: Indigenous Rights

December 2: International Day for the Abolition of Slavery: Challenging the Narratives and Confronting Anti-Black and other forms of Racism 

December 3: Canada and Exclusive Citizenship - Migrants and Undocumented Workers

December 4: Commemorating International Day of Persons with Disabilities: Confronting Ableism and Building Disability Justice

December 5: 2STQLGBIA+ Inclusion, Dignity and Well-Being

December 6: National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women: Gender Based Violence

December 7: Prison Justice and Ways to Take Action

December 8: Dignity in Poverty: Building a Just Future

December 9: Anti-Corruption Day and International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime: International and National Mechanisms for Human Rights and Peace

December 10: International Human Rights Day: Democracy, Civil Society and Human Rights Education 

To get involved, visit the Convention website at