Project place: Brussels, Belgium
Project dates: 22-29 May 2017
Advanced Planning Meeting: 23-26 March 2017
Application deadline for group leader URGENT!
ABOUT THE PROJECT/EXCHANGE
“BREAD & ROSES – FIGHTING MULTIPLE DISCRIMINATION” is a project aimed at addressing and exploring the concepts of Islamophobia and multiple discrimination on the grounds of gender, ethnicity and religion and at empowering young european women by equipping them with the knowledge and skills to create a more equal and inclusive society. The project will gather 28 participants and 7 facilitators/group leaders with different backgrounds (nationalities, religion, orientation) coming from 7 different countries around Europe (Belgium, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Macedonia, Spain and UK).
With this project we have decided to tackle discrimination and Islamophobia and the challenges they bring to our society by looking through not only gender but solidarity lenses. Societies we live in expect us to develop identities following certain standards and fulfilling norms. Although emancipation has happened already and women are allowed to wear trousers and vote, understandings of rights and choices are not the same in different parts of Europe and the world. For this reason, through this exchange we want to connect young women from different societies to talk, discuss, share and understand each other. To know that veil isn’t a terrorist threat, that it might be a matter of choice, just like not having it is. To know that they are beings of love and passion and not there to please others and their standards. To empower them in order to be drivers of change and inclusion in the communities they live in and to be active and positive multipliers: they will go back to societies, talk to their friends, mothers, grandmothers and make their voices heard, even in silence, as “our days shall not be sweated from birth until life closes, Hearts starve as well as bodies, give us bread, but give us roses.”
To achieve this, we will base our activities on the principles and values of non formal education and experiential learning, developing the educational process along 3 main axes: INSPIRE (Values, rights, religion and gender), EMPOWER (Position of women in society – Take Action), SHARE (Create and connect safe spaces).
We expect the project to have a strong impact on participants and at the local level. Participants will create a solidarity and support network to connect and empower young women all over Europe and they will produce a final manifesto with their ideas and statements for countering Islamophobia and discriminations and creating a more inclusive and equal society.
The specific objectives of the project are:
– To promote intercultural dialogue and learning
– To promote inclusion, tolerance and mutual understanding / fight generalization, racism and stereotypes
– To fight radicalization and islamophobia among european young people and local communities
– To analyze and counteract the disproportionate impact of Islamophobia on Muslim women
– To counter stereotypes about Muslim women and promoting more positive messages in order to address the intersectional discrimination affecting women (gender, race, class, nationality, migration status and religion)
– To create solidarity and empathy among European young women and to empower them as key drivers of change in their local communities and at the European level.
PROFILE OF PARTICIPANTS:
- Between the age range of 18 to 25;
- Are able to work in English;
- Are committed to work for the successful implementation of the convention;
- Have at least basic knowledge on the topics of the project;
- Are willing to act as multipliers of the project;
- The participation of young people with fewer opportunities is suggested;
- Young migrants and/or young people with different cultural backgrounds;
- Full attendance for the duration of the project;
ACCOMMODATION and FINANCES:
YEU International will cover all costs related to accommodation and food.
Travel costs will be covered up to 170 EURO. Reimbursements will be transferred after the event to partner organisations’ bank accounts (after all original documents are collected, the final report is submitted and the second payment from the National Agency is received).
Participation fee: NONE
Sending fee: 500 MKD