This page seeks to answer basic questions about putting on a OWW event; for more detailed advice, please visit the DOING OWW page.
The aim of OWW is to bring people and organisations together to raise awareness about global issues of justice, poverty and inequality. Events take place locally all over Britain and in many countries around the world.
In future, from 2023, OWW will officially be celebrated at the same time as Global Education Week, GEW, in mid November. However, during 2022, the transition year, you can continue to celebrate OWW on its traditional dates between 23 and 30 October, or during Global Education Week: 14 – 20 November, 2022. This does not, as ever, preclude local groups and initiatives from organising One World Week events whenever suits them best, at any time of the year.
Who Takes Part?
Local community groups, religious and voluntary organisations, inter-faith groups, environmentalists, human rights and peace groups, youth groups, schools, universities and campaigners or local branches of national organisations create events which are accessible, yet challenging, to all in their community.
You can either tailor a regular meeting of your own organisation to focus on One World Week or collaborate with others. ( more here)
Any local event you’d like to organise, with reference to OWW's vision and aims, which reflects the current theme. This could be an inspiring talk, quiz, debate, ﬁlm, fair trade fete or coffee morning, walk, global/local meal, vigil, act of worship, arts performance, school assembly or project, inter–faith activity … Whatever - it’s up to your community!
Every year until 2022 OWW set a theme around a global justice issue identified as a focus by Global Education Week of which OWW was the UK representative. OWW produced a selection of resources and links to related actions initiated by our partners, to give our event organisers focus and material to enrich their OWW events. Our themes are broad to encourage our volunteers to come up with their own interpretations and angle relevant to their communities.
From 2022, The GEW theme will continue to be used as the overarching theme and event organisers are urged to focus on what is relevant to them and their local community. OWW is not producing any new resources but many of those produced for previous themes are still relevant or can be adapted (see Resources). Global Dimension and the WCIA will have exciting new resources relevant for the current theme, For more about this year’s theme, visit the Theme page.
OWW events are first and foremost about raising awareness, but many do raise money to cover their costs and donate to relevant charities, for example, of their guest speaker. As OWW, the charity, is closing by March 2023, we are no longer accepting donations.