Third Age Barrie presents a series on human rights abuses

The series begins on October 4 with the presentation of a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague

The Third Age Barrie Life Long Learning Association shines a light on some of the world’s worst human rights abuses while highlighting humanity’s resilience in confronting them.

In Search of a Better World takes place on four Tuesdays in October starting October 4.

Four outstanding speakers of international renown will present:

October 4: “In search of a better world”, Professor Payam Akhavan, eminent international human rights lawyer and member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague

October 11: “The Canary in the Coal Mine — Why the Rights of Women and Girls in Afghanistan Should Be Our All,” Dr. Lauryn Oates, Executive Director of Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan

October 18: “I Shall Not Hate—A Man’s Journey to Justice,” Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, Palestinian physician who wrote I won’t hate after the loss of his three daughters and his niece in an Israeli airstrike

October 25: “Will the truth (Debwewin) set us free? Dr. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux, Indigenous Chair for Truth and Reconciliation, Lakehead University

Gerry Caplan – political activist, author, Rwandan genocide expert and board member of the Third Age – helped create the series. “In Search of a Better World,” says Caplan, “is an extraordinary opportunity to learn about four perspectives on human rights abuses from some internationally renowned defenders. But with some dark stories, we’ll learn how individuals, organizations, and institutions fight resiliently against the forces that seek to oppress.

The series costs $40 and will be both in person at Grace United Church in Barrie and streamed live on Zoom. To learn more, visit


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