Power of Advocacy
Stephen Lewis will draw on his extensive international experience to illustrate the power of advocacy in the fight for social justice, global health, and gender equality.
In 1988, Stephen Lewis chaired the first international conference on Climate Change, which drafted the first comprehensive policy on global warming. Almost three decades have passed since the political leaders, ambassadors, scientists, and environmental activists joined Mr. Lewis in declaring what remains one of the best, though starkest, pronouncements about global warming: “Humanity is conducting an unintended, uncontrolled, globally pervasive experiment whose ultimate consequences could be second only to a global nuclear war.”
From his unique historical and global perspective, Stephen Lewis will talk about those consequences, focusing on the interconnection of health, social justice, and poverty in the context of global climate change.
Education: The World’s Greatest Force for Good
Mr. Lewis, using the themes of the conference, will explore the way in which education, throughout the world, transforms the lives children lead and is perhaps the greatest, unacknowledged instrument we have for dramatic social change.
The Power of Community
Mr. Lewis will speak on the importance of community effecting social change; he’ll focus on leadership, accountability, health, and education in both a national and international context.
Gender Equality and Human Rights
Mr. Lewis believes that the single most important struggle on the planet is the struggle for gender equality. It is the centrepiece of human rights. In that context, he will examine the way the world responds to violations of human rights in every sphere of human behaviour.
The Raging Force of Inequality
Mr. Lewis will examine escalating economic and financial inequality within countries, and among countries, in the developed and developing worlds. He contends that poverty is a fatal blight that destroys the prospect of human progress and fosters the worst dimensions of injustice at home and abroad.
Bonham Centre Award | University of Toronto 2007
Health and Human Rights Leadership Award | Doctors of the World-USA.
World Citizenship Award | World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts
Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Leadership Award | Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative, Baylor College of Medicine
The International Council of Nurses' Health and Human Rights Award, awarded quadrennially for outstanding contributions to international health and human rights.
Pearson Peace Medal
Canadian Booksellers Association | Libris Award for nonfiction book of the year
CBA | Author of the Year
Jonathan Mann Health and Human Rights Award | International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care
Dean's Distinguished Service Award from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, in recognition of outstanding contributions to public health