UNESCO Webinar: Healing through Intergenerational Dialogue & Inquiry 19th October 16.00 UTC /17:00 BST /18.00 CEST

New Perspectives on Collective Healing, Social Justice and Well-Being is an exciting international webinar series, jointly hosted by The UNESCO Routes of Enslaved Peoples Project and the Global Humanity for Peace Institute, University of Wales Trinity St David (UWTSD). These webinars are supported by AfroSpectives and Spirit of Humanity Forum

Trans-generational traumas resulting from mass brutality can persist through familial, communal, and societal lines. These traumas stem from major historical dehumanising acts, such as the transatlantic trade of enslaved peoples, and colonialisation. They are then compounded by continued structural oppression that affects successive generations. Recognition, Restoration, Reconciliation and Regeneration are four key processes in our collective journeys towards healing traumas, building just society, and enhancing well-being for the future. 

The UNESCO Intergenerational Dialogue & Inquiry (IDI) is a community-based programme through which people come together to explore multi-dimensional harms of historical atrocities, and acknowledge the long-lasting effects of their legacies on the entire community. It seeks to reclaim the cultural resources for resilience and healing, deepen solidarity across the divides, and propose ways to address the structural dimensions of dehumanisation through systemic transformation.  

This 5th webinar gathered voices from communities who have participated in the IDI Pilot, with an Introduction from Linda Tinio-Le Douarin, the Deputy Chief, UNESCO Section for Inclusion, Rights and Intercultural Dialogue, Social and Human Sciences Sector.

The speakers are elders and young participants of the IDI programme pilot from four continents. They reflected on their experiences of the IDI process and share key insights emergent, with a focus on approaches to nurturing collective healing, justice and well-being. Following brief presentations, the speakers engaged in dialogue with one another to discuss common themes of healing, and respond to questions from the audience. 


Dr Dianne Regisford is a dynamic Social Sculpture practitioner, invested in regenerative ARTivism for belonging, racial equity and cultural transformation through a social justice lens. She is  the founder, visionary and creator of Evoking Belonging – a body of work expressed as Design Strategy , Social Sculpture research practice, poetry and thought leadership. Working with her unique Evoking Belonging Ubuntu Practices, Dianne designs and stewards inclusive, participatory approaches to  belonging through equitable enquiry into power and privilege, racial justice and cultural transformation. This is an innovative approach to  sociocultural co-imagining for a regenerative, equitable, humane and just society. Her current writing and research focus on exploring Indigenous African Diaspora Knowledge Systems, with specific reference to ancestral intergenerational healing and cultural restoration for African heritage communities in the Diaspora. More about Dianne HERE.

Dr Gloria Patricia Moreno is traditional indigenous doctor/healer of the Cañamón Lomaprieta, Colombia. She is the principal advisor and counsellor of wise men and women in the Caldas Province.

As a traditional healer, Gloria introduces the spiritual aspect to healing, justice and well-being. She sees the spiritual as the balance between the different forces, such as between the positive and the negative, and between demanding respect for human rights, and restoring human values within the community. For Gloria, healing is achieved through harmonisation and every concrete material activity has its balance through rituals and spiritual contents.

Casey Overton (she/they) is a radical nonprofit strategist, writer, and spiritual activist who is insistent on cultivating space for collective healing. They are the editor of “Liturgy that Matters”, an enfleshed publication, and the coordinator for Black faith programs in an affirming spiritual community. Her communications and faith-based nonprofit background has allowed the cultural metaphysics of liberation to become an ongoing priority in her work. As a multi-spiritual worker, they love being immersed in cooperative interfaith dialogue while creating restorative environments for marginalized populations within or beyond faith institutions. Her work as a faith nonprofit strategist draws on her expertise in systems analysis for co-creating spiritually sustainable cultures. She is a graduate of Hampton University and Duke Divinity School. She resides in the Powhatan lands now called Richmond, VA., USA.

Ojeriakhi Oluwaseyi (Seyi), born and raised of mixed ethnicity of Edo and Yoruba in the suburbs of Lagos, Nigeria, is a lawyer, writer, artist and changemaker. Seyi is a student of the Faculty of Law at the University of Lagos. He is a member of the Secretariat Committee, and recently was awarded first prize in the 2023 Writing Bout of the Law Students Society. He is a facilitator for Initiatives of Change, Nigeria, a global NGO with an interest in driving the necessary ethical transformation in the society. Seyi recently co-facilitated an Ethical Leadership Retreat hosted in Lagos, which supported and nurtured over 40 students from Lagos University through dialogic learning. 

UNESCO Webinar: Understanding Intergenerational Trauma 11 May 2023 @16.00 UTC / 17.00 BST / 18.00 CEST

The UNESCO Routes of Enslaved Peoples Project and the Global Humanity for Peace Institute, University of Wales Trinity St David (UWTSD), are jointly hosting an exciting international webinar series entitled: New Perspectives on Collective Healing, Social Justice and Well-Being.

The 2nd webinar of the Series featured the presentations from the keynote speakers, Dr Joy DeGruy and Thomas Hübl (PhD), who are both renowned for their insights into intergenerational trauma and collective healing.

Following their keynote presentations, Joy DeGruy and Thomas Hubl engaged in a dialogue about the opportunities and challenges of healing the wounds of history and ancestral trauma, and how global communities must take responsibility for supporting a flourishing future for the whole of humanity.

Keynote Speakers

Dr Joy DeGruy is a nationally and internationally renowned researcher and educator. For over two decades, she served as an Assistant Professor at Portland State University’s School of Social Work and now serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Joy DeGruy Publications Inc. (JDP). Dr DeGruy is committed to the healing of those that continue to suffer from past and present injuries and for the well being of all people.

As a result of twelve years of quantitative and qualitative research, Dr DeGruy has developed her theory of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome, publishing her findings in the book “Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome – America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing”. The book addresses the residual impacts of generations of slavery and opens up the discussion of how the black community can use the strengths we have developed in the past to heal in the present.

Thomas Hübl, PhD, is a renowned teacher, author, and international facilitator whose lifelong work integrates the core insights of the great wisdom traditions and mysticism with the discoveries of science. The origin of his work and more than two decades of study and practice on healing collective trauma is detailed in his book Healing Collective Trauma: A Process for Integrating Our Intergenerational and Cultural WoundsThomas’ next book, Attuned: Practicing Interdependence to Heal Our Trauma—and Our World, will be published in September, 2023.

Mysticism and the principles that guide the actualization and practice of embodying these profound experiences are at the heart of Hübl’s teachings. In all his courses, participants can expect to learn from his extensive experience as a teacher of meditation and study of wisdom traditions. His didactic talks draw from evidence-based research and the leading edge of transpersonal, interdisciplinary studies.

UNESCO Webinar Series: Opening Session 3rd APRIL 2023 16.00 Paris Time / 15.00 London Time

The UNESCO Routes of Enslaved Peoples Project and the Global Humanity for Peace Institute, University of Wales Trinity St David (UWTSD), are jointly hosting an exciting international webinar series entitled: New Perspectives on Healing, Justice and Well-Being.

In this opening session held on Monday 3rd April on Zoom, Mrs Gabriela Ramos, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences, was joined by Professor Medwin Hughes, the Vice Chancellor of UWTSD, to introduce the series.

The keynote speaker for this session was Zeinab Badawi, the award-winning international TV and Radio journalist who has worked on a major 20-part TV series on the History of Africa.

Following the keynote presentation, Mrs Gabriela Ramos and Ms Zeinab Badawi engaged in a deep dialogue about UNESCO’s Routes of Enslaved Peoples project and the significance of learning from the history of Africa, including exploring the importance of giving voice to people of African descent, and valorising their culture and contributions to modern societies.

Keynote Speaker

Zeinab is an award-winning international TV and radio journalist. She produced and presented a major 20-part TV series on the History of Africa through her own production company for BBC World News.  She is currently writing a book on the History of Africa. 

Zeinab Badawi a BA Hons in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University and a post-graduate degree in history (awarded with a distinction) from SOAS, London University. She has worked extensively in the British media for four decades, and is best known for her work in the BBC’s international division at BBC World News TV and BBC World Service Radio on programmes such as ‘Hard Talk’, and ‘Global Questions’.

Zeinab is President of SOAS, London University, a member of the International Advisory Boards of think-tanks Afro-Barometer and the Mandela Institute for Development Studies,  a member of the high-level panel of the Africa Europe Foundation, a board member of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, a council member of the Arts, Humanities and Research Council of UKRI,  a director of the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Royal Opera House and Hampstead Theatre in London, and she is a member of Italy’s annual Venice Seminar.    

Zeinab was a member of the Rhodes Commission (2021) on the future of the statue of Cecil Rhodes at Oriel College, Oxford.  She has previously served on the boards of the British Council, BBC Media Action, the National Portrait Gallery, the Institute for Historical Research, the Overseas Development Institute and has been Chair of the Royal African Society and Article 19, the freedom of speech advocacy organisation.  She was also on the advisory board of the Foreign Policy Centre.  

Zeinab has received many media awards as well as honorary doctorates from SOAS, London University, York University, and the University of the Arts London; and she is an honorary fellow of St Hilda’s College, Oxford University.  Other awards include the President’s Medal of the British Academy for her services to broadcasting and education, the UN Association-UK Sir Brian Urquhart award for distinguished service to broadcasting, education and the UN, and International TV Personality of the Year awarded by the Association of International Broadcasters. 

Collective Healing

Since 2021, the Healing the Wounds of Slavery project has been recognised as an important initiative of UNESCO Routes of Enslaved Peoples. This work focuses on advancing collective healing, social justice and global well-being. Therefore, we have decided to change the default website URL from ‘Healing the Wounds of Slavery’ to ‘Collective-Healing’.

Until this time, the UNESCO Routes of Enslaved Peoples Project dedicated last three decades to breaking the silence about the histories of transatlantic slavery, and encouraging our shared recognition of the continued intergenerational trauma, and the legacies of structural dehumanisation. Now it is time to introduce future-facing strategies that aim to engage global communities in collective healing.

Currently, the Collective Healing Initiative consists of four mutually reinforcing iterative processes:

1. Collective Healing, Social Justice and Global Well-Being:

  • To launch intergenerational dialogue & inquiry pilots in communities in four continents and explore historical wounds connected to the legacies of slavery and colonialism.
  • To invite and gather narratives of resilience and examples of indigenous knowledge, wisdom and practices of collective healing.
  • To co-develop a bespoke Collective Healing Programme based on learnings from the inquiries.
  • To pilot the programme in the community facilitated by women and youths.

2. Empowering Women and Youths:

  • To establish an innovative UNESCO Future Leaders Academy
  • To offer co-created transformative competences programmes for empowering women and youth facilitators – the driving forces of the bespoke collective healing programmes in different communities.
  • To nurture, enable and support women and youths to become pillars of their communities who will collaborate in confronting systemic discrimination and intolerance in worldwide communities.   

3. Research, Evaluation and developing UNESCO Policy Brief:

  • To develop academic and interdisciplinary research for understanding and evaluating participating communities’ experiences of collective healing, well-being and regeneration.
  • To analyse meaningful impacts across the different communities involved in the Project.
  • To propose a UNESCO policy brief that characterises institutional conditions for social transformation.

4. Implementation and Dissemination:

  • To improve and implement collective healing programmes in relevant communities.
  • To mobilise NGOs and partners to provide continuous support to women and youth facilitators and offer leadership opportunities for them to introduce collective healing to wider societies.
  • To distribute and share research findings and disseminate policy briefs and learnings through publications, webinars, and conferences.

Global Humanity for Peace Institute

On 18th November 2021, Guerrand-Hermès Foundation for Peace, and University of Wales (Trinity St David) jointly launched Global Humanity for Peace Institute. The Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof Medwin Hughes, and the Chairman of the Guerrand-Hermès Foundation for Peace, Mr Sharif Istvan Horthy, will be leading the Institute’s Board of Directors. Scherto Gill has been appointed as the Institute’s inaugural Chair and Director. She will be facilitating its ongoing programmes and activities. 

The following will be the focus of Global Humanity for Peace Institute:

  • Fostering collective healing (including healing the wounds from past atrocities and the wounds of our planet), enriching community regeneration, and advancing social justice and global solidarity;
  • Developing UNESCO Academy for empowering youth leadership, nurturing youth transformative competences and providing professional development opportunities to facilitators of collective healing and community regeneration;
  • Harmonising holistic human well-being with our planet’s flourishing, and supporting the development of governance processes that are values-based, dialogue-centred, and well-being sensitive;
  • Encouraging educational transformation and inspiring a culture of caring in educational institutions;
  • Creating spaces for deep encounter, deep listening, and deep dialogue for engendering greater harmony amongst all that is.

All these activities will be closely aligned with UNESCO’s objectives.