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Roma Youth Participation and Civil Rights Activism
Date du début: 1 janv. 2016, Date de fin: 30 nov. 2016 PROJET  TERMINÉ 

This project aims to invest into a grassroots youth movement of Roma and non-Roma and to strengthen Roma youth participation and civil rights activism, seeking reconciliation, social justice, solidarity and respect between Roma and non-Roma, and taking actions against antigypsyism, and racism.The project strengthens youth participation by engaging youth activists and leaders in a reflection about methods and strategies for youth participation, as well as by strengthening their vision for meaningful youth participation in the existing democratic structures of our societies. It creates a dialogue of Roma youth leaders and activists with political decision-makers and stakeholders, such as with Members of the European Parliament; and enhances the capacity of youth leaders to set up opportunities for dialogue with local and national decision-makers. Moreover, the project strengthens the capacity of youth leaders and youth activists in implementing programs for youth participation and active citizenship; there, it develops key recommendations and guidelines in this field for the partner organizations and a strategy for the international partnership. The project raises the visibility of Roma and non-Roma youth active citizenship to combat hate speech, antigypsyism, racism and xenophobia. Local and national follow-up activities for Roma youth participation are supported by the partner organizations, and the development of alliances with Jewish, Armenian and minority youth organizations constitutes an essential aspect of this project. Addressing antigypsyism and stigmatization in our youth work on all levels, contributes to our mission and strategy to create a space for young people to become active citizens through participation, empowerment, mobilization and self-organization. We believe in the common efforts by creating trust, and mutual respect between Roma and non-Roma youth.Activity 1: Seminar on youth participation and civil rights activismSetting: April 2016 in Heidelberg, 4 working daysThe project aims to bring young Sinti and Roma activists, youth workers, and educational multipliers together in order to raise the debate about the past, present and future of a civil rights and social movement of Sinti and Roma. The seminar draws on the experience of the civil rights movement of Sinti and Roma in the 70s and 80s which lead to the recognition of the genocide of Roma, as well as to the end of racially discriminating state policies. The seminar strengthens the consciousness of the younger generation for the achievements and history of the civil rights movement through an intergenerational dialogue; at the same time the challenges of today and a common vision for the future shall be addressed, and the alliances with other social movements will be explored. The seminar aims to strengthen the awareness about the methods and tools of Roma youth participation, and builds the capacity of multipliers and educators to develop programs and activities that enhance youth participation, and dialogue with decision-makers. Activity 2: Seminar on active citizenship for human rights and non-discrimination Setting: August 2016 in Krakow, 4 working daysThe seminar brings educators, multipliers and trainers together with experienced trainers/experts, in order to build their capacity to lead non-formal educational activities on active citizenship for human rights and non-discrimination. We believe that the youth plays an important role in the process of constructing tolerant and inclusive societies, based on deep understanding of the past. That is why our vision of the education for remembrance is to develop solidarity among Roma and non-Roma youth, through analysis and interpretation of history as a tool to evaluate and act in contemporary societies. Understanding of mechanisms of racism, xenophobia and intolerance which lead to the horrors of the Holocaust enables the youth to realise the potential danger of current populist and neo-Nazi movements. The project, therefore, seeks to bridge the past horrible experiences of Roma Genocide and Holocaust and present concerns of neo-Nazi and extreme right tendencies in societies across Europe, and the role of a responsible and engaged youth in all of these.



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