News Release: HAMILTON, Bermuda – The Human Rights Commission’s What can I do? What can we do? 2024 conference, held on March 21 at Pier Six, was a resounding success, thanks to the contributions of many dedicated individuals, according to Lisa Reed, Executive Officer of the Human Rights Commission.

Ms. Reed stated: “The event was oversubscribed, and we welcomed guests who joined us for a day filled with insightful information and thought-provoking discussions.

“The event started with an emphasis on the importance of accessibility and inclusion, a powerful piece on humanity’s inhumanity by artist Yesha Townsend and a presentation on human rights, including an overview of the Human Rights Commission and Bermuda’s human rights framework. There was a lively panel discussion moderated by Chen Foley. Our esteemed panelists, Arlene Brock, Arion Mapp, Dr Amanda Marshall, Hon. Justice Juan Wolffe, and Latisha Lister-Burgess, shared their valuable perspectives and experiences on a range of critical rights issues.”

Ms Reed added: “The afternoon session featured Bermuda Is Love, represented by Aaron Critchlow, and Social Justice Bermuda, represented by TeAnn Hassell. These inspiring examples of human rights in action highlighted the power of individual engagement to support collective change. “The conference wasn’t simply about listening; there were opportunities for discussion, sharing and learning. Attendees participated in engaging exercises that sparked conversation and connection.”

“I extend a heartfelt thank you to the Human Rights Commission team, the audio-visual technical team, project manager and facilitator, volunteer ambassadors and attendees – their contributions were invaluable.

“In keeping with the theme, “What can I do? What can we do?” the Commission is committed to harnessing the energy and expertise within the community. The Commission will consult the public on their experiences with disability inclusion. This will support our ongoing education and awareness strategy, along with reinforcing the public’s obligation to comply with legal duties and community expectations of inclusion.”

Ms Reed concluded: “Please contact us by phone at 295-5859, email or visit our Office at 32 Victoria Street, Milner Place, Ground Floor, Hamilton.”