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Sustainability in a Post-pandemic Era: A Woman’s Perspective

August 31, 2021 @ 18:00 - 19:00 CEST

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The pandemic has deepened inequality. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and powerless before the challenges we’re facing. But, if nothing else, our collective response to the pandemic has shown that we have an incredible capacity for change. What if we could emerge from this pandemic with an increased appetite for change? What if we decided to take this as a pivotal moment to change our course?

This 4 part series will take a selection of the UN Sustainable Development Goals as starting points, and discuss how we can be empowered to make changes in our everyday lives that can have impact. With insights into current research and work in these areas, as well as open and interactive dialogue among the participants, our goal is that you will leave these sessions not overwhelmed but empowered with new awareness, food for thought, and tangible tips.

Human Rights with Sustainable Impact


“Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next.” — Arundhati Roy

The  Sustainable Development Goals are critical in the global push for Human Rights: The SDGs hold nation states and governing bodies accountable and allow for more collaboration between sustainable development and human rights agendas. The SDGs are not simply something we should think about when we give philanthropically but they are universal and should be used as guiding principles in how we act in the context of our own communities.  

Sustainable Development and Human Rights are inextricably linked. Issues such as structural violence, sexual and reproductive health and maternal mortality need solutions that have sustainable impact and utilise development strategies that include “the human person” as a participant  of development, not only the beneficiary. 

In the second session of this series, we will talk about how sustainability should be at the core of our human rights approach. Before we can find solutions we have to understand the structural problems and the social forces that drive them and talk about how we can move forward together. 

*This event is free to attend, please register below.
**This event will be held online.

This event is co-produced by HerSpace, Diversify and Africa Connect.

Meliora Impact

Most giving platforms are geared towards individual donors, which means the platforms often don’t provide the features a corporate giving strategy would need – we’re changing that by creating a digital platform specifically for corporate philanthropic giving.

We are linking Nordic companies with nonprofits they can support—aligning it with strategy and values as well as with employee engagement and employer branding. Ultimately, our platform will save companies resources, as well as create stable income streams for nonprofits. We also want to deepen the relationship between donor and nonprofit, and help to implement solid strategies for impactful giving. For our curated portfolio we select nonprofits that are working in line with the U.N Sustainable Development Goals, and right now we focus on two areas: water and knowledge.

Mara Lehmann
Mara has an MSc and BSc in Psychology, and worked as an (academic) researcher and consultant in Switzerland and Norway, with projects spanning across Europe. In recent years, she went back to school in San Francisco to pivot to product design. When she’s not doing research with users, she loves to garden, do and sometimes teach yoga, surf tiny waves, and deepen her knowledge about sustainable materials. Mara is a creative scientist at heart and her approach is always systems-oriented. 
Acacia de Meo

Acacia is a philanthropist at heart, she has a BA in Criminology & European Politics and has spent the last decade volunteering and working within the nonprofit sector. She has completed many courses over the last 10 years of her career:  International Women’s Health and Human Rights, Designing for Sustainability and Social Impact & Managing Responsibly, amongst many others. Previous to co-founding Meliora Impact, Acacia was Regional Manager of Too Good To Go Norway. She believes in adding value not only to your business but to the community around it. When she’s not running after her two year old, she enjoys doing improv theatre, reading and drinking wine with friends. 


August 31, 2021
18:00 - 19:00 CEST
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Oslo, Oslo 0152 Norway
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