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CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS - BREAD & ROSES - Fighting multiple discrimination

27/12/2016

Dear friends!

We would like to invite to take part in the project “BREAD & ROSES - Fighting multiple discrimination”, which will focus on the topic of Islamophobia and multiple discrimination (gender, ethnicity and religion) and will empower young European women them to become actors of change at the local, national and global level.

Title: BREAD & ROSES - Fighting multiple discrimination
Project Dates: May 22nd to May 29th or May 24th to May 31st
Project: Brussels and surroundings (Belgium)
People involved: 35 young people (7 facilitators, 28 participants)

Organizers:

Youth for Exchange and Understanding (YEU) is an International Non-Governmental Youth

Organisation established in 1986 and member of the European Youth Forum in Brussels as an INGYO. YEU looks forward to increase tolerance and awareness between different countries, cultures and traditions, and to promote a greater level of comprehension through the development of various youth activities. The main aim of YEU is to promote peace, understanding and cooperation between the young people of the world, in a spirit of respect for human rights. YEU is a non-profit making youth organisation independent of all political affiliation, run by young people for young people by means of a democratic structure. Visit our website for more details about YEU:
http://www.yeu-international.org/


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 female participants and 7 facilitators/group leaders with different backgrounds (nationalities, religion, orientation) coming from 7 different countries around Europe (Belgium, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Macedonia/FYROM, 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.

OBJECTIVES:

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

METHODOLOGY:
Non-formal education methods will be used throughout the youth exchange as we strongly believe in its power to develop the competences of young people. In this process of learning, there are no teachers and students. The activities are organised according to the needs of the participants while the sharing of experiences in healthy environments of trust and mutual respect is encouraged.

ACCOMMODATION and FINANCES:
YEU International will cover all costs related to accommodation. It will also cover 100% of travel costs if it is up to the limit indicated below and the cheapest way from the resident country. 100% of visa costs will be reimbursed. The facilitators/group leaders are obliged to have receipts of the ticket, boarding pass and invoices of credit card that was used for buying the tickets for online payments. 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).

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;
 Due to the nature of the project, priority will be given to female participants.

Participants will be selected by YEU on the basis of their applications, while priority will be given to Members of YEU Member Organizations. Due to the topic of the exchange, priority will be given to female participants and participants with different cultural backgrounds.

The countries included in this youth exchange are Belgium, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Greece, United Kingdom and FYROM/Macedonia gathering 28 young people and 7 facilitators/group leaders from 7 different YEU member organizations.

Dates (Exchange): May 22nd to May 29th or May 24th to May 31st (participants are expected to arrive on the 22nd/24th of May and depart on the 29th/31st, no more than 2-3 days of flexibility before or after the project dates are allowed).

Maximum Travel Costs Reimbursements*:
- Belgium 0€
- Italy 170€
- FYROM/Macedonia 170€
- Turkey 270€
- Spain 170€
- Greece 170€
- United Kingdom 170€
*Reimbursements will be done based on actual travel costs upon presenting the original documents and in accordance with conditions described in this call.

If you are interested, please apply here no later than 02/04/2017 23:59 (CET).


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