MONDIACULT 2022 | Arts for dignity, justice and peace

MONDIACULT 2022 | Arts for dignity, justice and peace


Organizer(s): United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Date: 29 September 2022, 9 - 10 a.m.

Venue: Los Pinos, Cencalli, second floor

Focal point: Ms Amina Hamshari, Programme Specialist of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization,

The side event - entitled “Arts for Dignity, Justice and Peace”, led by UNESCO and the OHCHR in the framework of MondiaCult, 28-30 September 2022 in Mexico City will highlight inspiring and inclusive initiatives conducted with and by people deprived of their rights.

“Arts for Dignity, Justice and Peace” is also the proposed title of the draft UN plan the development of which has been entrusted to UNESCO by the UN Secretary-General António Guterres, based on the approach and achievements of UNESCO’s Art-Lab for Human Rights and Dialogue project.

The event will feature four committed Mexican socio-cultural actors who work with incarcerated women and youth, people living in extremely marginalized neighborhoods, indigenous people, and women victims of gender-based violence.

Beyond the presentation of these powerful practices undertaken in Mexico by the “artivists” themselves, the event will present the structural on-going work by UNESCO and the OHCHR, with the support of international experts to mainstream cultural work and arts practice in humanitarian and development policies and programmes for the recovery of human rights and dignity.

The event will be an opportunity to uncover some key features of the UNESCO-OHCHR Framework for ethical artistic practices in support of human rights and dignity - to be released shortly.

The outcomes of this side event will also inform the 2nd edition of UNESCO’s Global Forum against Racism and Discrimination, to take place in Mexico City, 28-29 November 2022, hosted by the Mexican authorities.

List of Speakers


  • Amina Hamshari, Programme Specialist and designer of UNESCO’s Art-Lab for Human Rights and Dialogue - Inclusion, Rights and Dialogue Section, Social and Human Sciences Sector, UNESCO
  • Dragana Korlijan, Head of Unit, Special Procedures Branch, OHCHR
  • Dorian Rommens, Programme Specialist for Social and Human Sciences, UNESCO Mexico Office


  • Gabriela Ramos, Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences, UNESCO (video message)
  • Alexandra Xanthaki, UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights
  • Maria Rosario Jackson, Chair of the National Endowment for the Arts, USA
  • Obelia Preta, founder of Batallones Femeninos (BF), Ciudad Juárez, Mexico
  • Valeria Santos, founder of Grupo in Situ Art Promotion and Art Based Intervention for Specific Sites and Communities A.C., Mexico City, Mexico
  • Ehécatl Morales, Founder of Plan Acalli Collective (Colectivo Plan Acalli), Xochimilco, Mexico
  • Peyrak Herrera, School of Scenic Arts and Stilts (Escuela de Artes Escénicas y Zancos), Mexico City, Mexico


  • Camila Pastor, PhD Sociocultural Anthropology, Division de Historia, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, Mexico City, Mexico

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