“Equal and inclusive participation of a diverse citizenry in public 
and private life is a fundamental aspect of a peaceful and just society. 
Thus, improving opportunities for previously marginalized groups to participate 
in democratic institutions and mechanisms has often had a conflict-prevention effect.”

-2013 report on the exclusion of marginalized communities produced by the Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance.

Global Summit

For over 20 years, the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience (the Coalition) has been at the forefront of a global movement to document and share stories of the past in order to build a peaceful, rights-based future. With many regions throughout the world facing a rise in extremism, polarization and repressive governments, this year the Coalition will host “Building Global Capacity for Inclusive Democracies,” a global summit composed of three workshops designed to assist Sites of Conscience in creating and implementing programs that promote inclusivity and democratic values in their communities.

The three virtual workshops will be open to all members of the Coalition, fostering ample opportunities for knowledge and skill-sharing with other Sites of Conscience around the world. Given the urgency of this topic, each meeting will focus on one of three marginalized groups that face significant threats in today’s world, including:

• Racial and ethnic minorities and indigenous communities
• Religious minorities
• Women and the LGBTQ+ community

For each of the three thematic workshops, a combination of Coalition staff, Sites of Conscience members around the world, and practitioners, with expertise in the fields of the areas covered in each workshop, will facilitate virtual dialogue exercises, lead skills development sessions, provide methodological and programmatic guidance, and connect sites with peer organizations to foster independent relationships and partnerships across regions. The goal of each workshop will be to learn and share strategies that amplify the voices of these marginalized groups as they are crucial to ensuring a stable and peaceful future.

Alongside these virtual trainings, thirty members will be eligible for $750 (USD) grants to carry out community engagement projects on this year’s themes, providing a range of members with an opportunity to gain practical project management skills. During this process, Coalition staff will play a critical role in terms of mentoring, coaching, and training as the projects are developed and launched. The deadline for all 30 Global Action Community Engagement Grants is April 30, 2021. Applications and more information can be found in the individual session links below.

Please note that 2021 Global Workshops are available only to Sites of Conscience members. For more information, please contact the Global Networks team at globalactions@sitesofconscience.org. For information about other events, please click here.