As a network of NGOs, academics, businesses and individuals the Centre for Global Equality works collaboratively towards reducing extreme inequality. The University of Cambridge Student Society interacts with and supports this network with a focus on collaboration and teamwork. If you are interested in a career tackling domestic or international inequality, joining CGE Student Society Committee is an excellent way to learn about the realities of the work and build relevant skills. CGE Student Society has three main goals: organising events; publicising CGE’s events and opportunities; and acting as a network for student societies. Every year the CGE Student Society runs the Cambridge International Development Conference.
This year’s IDC, titled ‘Faces of Equality’ took place on Saturday 2 March at Murray Edwards College, Cambridge. With over one-hundred attendees, the conference was a great success. Baroness Caroline Cox , founder of the Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust spoke about working in war zones and Harriet Lamb, CEO of International Alert spoke on peace and advocacy. Leah Moss, Policy and Advocacy Officer at Plan International, Amika George, Founder of Free Periods and Hibo Wardere, one of Britain’s most prominent anti-FGM campaigners discussed ‘Women in Equality’. Well done to Lexi Netty, our Committee Chairperson and her team for such an inspiring day.
This years International Development Conference was a huge success. With over 110 attendees, twenty speakers and a workshop, the day brought together students, academics, social enterprises, charities, NGOs and businesses. A big congratulations to Morven Lavery, our Committee Chairperson and Tom Stakes, our Junior Treasurer and the rest of the committee for such a successful day. The conference provoked interesting conversations around ‘Productive Partnerships in International Development’, that encouraged new connections within the field and inspired delegates to appropriately engage with international development in partnership with those most affected by extreme poverty and global inequalities.
For more information about the International Development Conference, see www.camidc.org.uk
Every month, the CGE Student Society facilitates the organisation of Missing Maps, an initiative that creates digital maps for the most remote, and vulnerable, parts of the world. Morven and her team help recruit University of Cambridge volunteers and find venues for the ‘map-a-thons’ in Cambridge. The CGE events calendar shows when and where the Missing Maps events are taking place.