26th August – Woman Equality Day

Equality


On Women’s Equality Day, we acknowledge the positive impact that the women’s suffrage movement had on women’s rights, but also that more needs to be done to achieve true equality in Italy.

Through the project LAB4GE, we are trying to effectively contribute to gender equality and the women’s empowerment agenda in Europe. In 4 days we have planned our first Participatory Visit to further understand the causes, natures and effects of gender inequality on both women and social marginalizes in their communities.

The Learn Abroad to do Better at home for Gender Equality project is funded by #Erasmus+ and more information about the project are available here: Lab4GE

Follow our hashtag #LAB4GE to stay up to date with the project.

World Youth Skills Day – 15th July


Reimagining Youth Skills Post-Pandemic

World Youth Skills Day 2021 will again take place in a challenging context due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

World Youth Skills Day 2021 will pay tribute to the resilience and creativity of youth through the crisis. Participants will take stock of how TVET systems have adapted to the pandemic and recession, think of how those systems can participate in the recovery, and imagine priorities they should adopt for the post-COVID-19-world.


Through the project LAB4GE, we are working with partners across Europe to share best practices and methodologies to promote gender equity and equip young people to confront gender inequality and act as multipliers on raising awareness of the society as a whole in relation to gender-related abuse of power.

Today, on World Youth Skills Day, we appreciate the importance of these skills and knowledge sharing.

The Learn Abroad to do Better at home for Gender Equality project is funded by Erasmus+ and more information about the project are available here.

Find us on social networks: #LAB4GE


INVISIBLE RACISM

Make it visible!



Invisible Racism. Make it Visible! is an online course, supported by Erasmus+ Program that aims at improving the skills and competences of youth workers, educators, teachers, activists, and anyone interested, on how to run educational activities with young people raising awareness and preventing any form of racism.

The course is a result of the European project called STAR: Stand Together Against Racism, where 4 NGOs from Bulgaria, Italy, Poland and Spain got together to share, test, upscale and disseminate their best practices to act against (invisible) racism and  other types of violence.


The main purposes of this online course rely on understanding the meaning of racism including the modern forms of racism like invisible racism or micro racism. I have been able to interact online and discuss with attendees from all around the world the possible actions in anti-racism, therefore this Training Course made me discover new educational tools, non- formal education  and platforms in order to work online about this relevant topic whose spread is essential to raise the awareness even during harsh times when the interactions seem being hard to attain. It is important to mention that this online course is divided into two sections: on Zoom and on the MOOC platforms.

Many activities were carried out during two months in Spring 2021. Several activities were consecrated to open discussions and debates about the topic of micro-racism, invisible racism but mostly about the educational tools that a trainer, tackling these topics, should manage.

An example of debate focused on the privileges when being white or how we deal with a situation when someone feels not comfortable speaking about specific topics like racism, especially if he/she experienced it. The positive side of these activities relies on the openness of the trainers who mediated the debates by staying neutral, understanding thus the feelings of each attendee.

I was enticed by several activities we have carried out, for instance when as group we created our banner for banning racism, with my group (in the breakout room) we decided that racism can have the same effect of a cigarette.

It can cause death, not only physical but also mental, together we chose to use the same slogan we can see on each packet of cigarette: Racism Kills. This activity was essential to know better each other since it happened during the first session of the course, at the same time we had the possibility to speak out about our experiences, thoughts and we came out with the idea that racism can be detrimental to our health.

As well I was keen on taking part on this course on MOOC since the theory and the practice were related, for instance there was a case study about racism and discrimination, several situations of invisible racism were mentioned, my task was to reply whether I judge certain situations as form of racism or not. It was interesting since I put myself in someone’s shoes as other activities in order thereby experiencing the same feelings.

I must say that through this online course I widened my horizons since dealing with such a topic in an international context represents a challenge, especially if the topic is so delicate and trigger of intricacies and awkwardness.

Unfortunately racism seems to be everywhere, the main purpose of this course was to enhance the skills of the trainers and youth workers when working on taking action against racism. My ambition is to make treasure of what I learnt through the debates and the activities in order to build up a project where social inclusion will be the key, more we are diverse more we enrich ourselves.

Different people can be victims of racism and discriminate others in turn as a reaction after having suffered. The project I have in mind, concerns a work which focuses on the emotions, a theme we tackled throughout the online course.


Invisible Racism. Make it visible!

Through this online course I widened my horizons since dealing with such a topic in an international context represents a challenge.”

by Paola CANDITA
Associazione SUD – Italy


World Refugee Day 2021


20th June


As we observe World Refugee Day today, we recognize the significant challenges faced particularly by refugee women. As part of our #LAB4GE project we are calling for less discrimination for those in minority and vulnerable groups, including migrants and refugees.

Today, on the World Refugee Day we use this occasion to build empathy and understanding for their plight and to recognize their power in rebuilding their lives.

The Learn Abroad to do Better at home for Gender Equality project is funded by Erasmus+ and more information about the project are available here: Lab4GE SUD webpage


DIVERSITY FOR PEACE


RESOLVE: Peace Camps Online Dialogue

by Paola Candita

This paper sets the main points of the project RESOLVE: Peace Camps Online Dialogue that has been carried out online for 2 weeks in 2021 (22nd of February-3rd of March). It was a project that I firsthand joined as an active member of Associazione SUD Italy.

RESOLVE is a project supported by ERASMUS+, the European Union Program for education, training, youth and sport with the aim of enhance education, training and youth across Europe. Besides, the Resolve: Peace Camps Online Dialogue Activity is a skills development and dialogue focused activities where young community change makers and local peace builders address the societies’ social intolerance throughout Europe.

The designation “Resolve” has not been employed by chance, indeed Resolve stands for the awareness and action against the poverty which brings vulnerable societies, deprived of development and education, in a nutshell. These societies bear the brunt of their weakness and, as a consequence, they pay the price of the discrimination and the isolation.

The host organization for this project is ASFAR, a social enterprise and International NGO which works with young people, women & their communities in Europe, MENA, the Caucasus and the Balkans in Peace building, Sport for Peace, Volunteering, Educational, Enterprise & Skills & Cultural learning.

Different and multiple are the purposes of this Training Course. First of all the fostering of youth leaders’ views on key socio-economic political issues in our world today; second of all the learning about social action, civic responsibility and citizenship; broadening of skills like: Leadership, Team Building, Communication, social awareness and EU key competencies.

During this TC I was keen on having such interesting debates with all the attendees coming from every corner of the world. We took part in different activities using various online platforms (Mural, Canva, Padlet and so on). Thereby discovering new tools to be used in my future projects as well. Different activities that have been carried out draw my attention.

I learnt further the value of the non formal education, overall throughout the workshop about the Digital Storytelling since it is a skill that I can acquired thereby creating new projects on my own and for the association where I am part of. Several activities changed my perspective concerning the political matters, indeed this activity dealt with a Role Game which calls for politicians, mediators and diplomats in order to find a settling. These characters have to find resolutions and enter into negotiations, I was so enthusiast for taking part in this activity. It was an excellent exercise also for a project such as the Model United Nations.

I decided to share a word defining this experience with ASFAR, the word is: DIVERSITY.

A term that I repeated several times during this report. In my opinion the diversity is a value that we cannot underestimate especially during projects like this. The fact that we are different motivates us since we understand that till that moment we did not know the other realities. This means that now I am more motivated to delve into topics and issues that I was ignoring beforehand.

Therefore, my passion for conflict resolutions and peace building will be enhanced thanks to training courses like this last one.


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