Conversation Circle: Experiences of women and children

Discussion inspired by the Time to Act: Rohingya Voices exhibition


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A woman points to a wall that says “Time to Act, Rohingya Voices” in both English and French while a small group of people stand and watch.

Photo: CMHR, Aaron Cohen

Event details

Join group conversations about current human rights issues that are explored in the Museum’s newest exhibition, Time to Act: Rohingya Voices.


Meet at Group Entrance

In March, we’ll be joined by Senator Marilou McPhedran in a talk followed by a conversation about the genocide against the Rohingya and the resulting humanitarian crisis that has forced people to leave their homes, communities and ways of life behind. Last September, Senator McPhedran visited refugee camps in Bangladesh including Balukhali, where more than 600,000 Rohingya live, the majority being women and children.

We’ll focus specifically on the experiences of women and children throughout their flight from deadly violence and during their new life in refugee camps.

Part of this program will take place in the exhibition space where powerful photographs and testimonials associated with each session’s topic will be examined and discussed together.

Everyone is welcome to participate and no background knowledge is required.

Connect with others to learn, get motivated, share thoughts and generate ideas for action to protect human rights.

All of the past Conversation Circle event listings can be found by visiting the Conversation Circles program page

Time to Act: Rohingya Voices was developed by the Museum in collaboration with photojournalist Kevin Frayer and a group of Rohingya and Burmese community members who live in Canada.

Please note that this program is subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Speaker bio

Marilou McPhedran is an independent senator for Manitoba. A lawyer, professor, mother, activist and feminist, she is well recognized for her work for gender equality protections in the Canadian Constitution.

She founded the International Women’s Rights Project in 1998 and the Institute for International Women’s Rights at University of Winnipeg Global College in 2009, where she was Principal (Dean) from June 2008 to July 2012. In 2012–13, she served as the Human Rights Fellow in the UNFPA Geneva Liaison Office and taught as a Visiting Professor at the UN‐mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica.

She was the founding director of the Institute for International Women’s Rights at Global College from 2009 to 2016 and the creator/director of the annual “Human Rights UniverCity” summer institute based at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights from 2011 to 2018.