Human Rights for all! is a Training Course which held place in Trasmulas, Andalucía, Spain in September 2019. It put toghether youth workers, activists and educators from 9 countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Republic of North Macedonia, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain and Turkey.
The target group was youth workers, educators, human rights and LGBTQI+ activists, who are working with young people on the topic of human rights and gender, especially LGBTQI+ issues and the main topics which have been discussed are:
- LGBTQI+ issues across Balkan countries and Europe;
- finding and sharing educational tools against exclusion, hatred and discrimination;
- no-hate speech;
- positive examples of change in European countries regarding human rights and equality of LGBTQI+ youth;
- using Forum Theatre (trainer Nadia Veraldi) as a method of self-expression, initiative and finding righteousness within;
- using Digital Storytelling (trainer Idàn Sagiv Richter) as a tool of sharing our own story and free expression.
According to human rights reports, gender minorities do not have equal opportunities for participating in the public life. Violence and discrimination against LGBTQI+ persons are widespread in many European regions and, unfortunately, this fact is also connected to the violence affecting women, ethnic minorities and other minority groups.
GOOD PRACTICES and future plans:
The Training Course was a wonderful opportunity to talk about our countries, share experiences and good practices in order to learn together, find and use tools to prevent and combat exclusion, violence, cyber attacks based on gender identity and sexual orientation issues.
Because Spain is one of the leading countries regarding LGBTQI+ rights, the participants have been introduced to the history, present and future plans of Spain regarding the topic. The Spanish community which we met was more than proud of the work which led to such freedom of expression in Spain, but they still consider to have a lot of work ahead of them. Laws, legal terms, applying the law and so on still encounter difficulties in some of Spain’s regions. The association Arco Iris presented their educational work and the projects they had been running in Andalucía. You can find more information on their Facebook page and on their blog.
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We invite you to read al the reports linked in this article and share them. Change comes within us, through education, awareness and action!
If you are interested in this topic and would like to connect with the organizers or the participants, feel free to contact us anytime:
- Alexandra-Ioana Simon – german participant (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Intercultural life – hosting organization (email@example.com)
- Apice agenzia di promozione integrata per i cittadini in Europa - firstname.lastname@example.org
- TransMissão: Associação Trans e Não-Binária - email@example.com
- Associação Faísca Voadora - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Group "Come Out" - email@example.com & Jelena Mitrović - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Centre for Youth Kvart - email@example.com & Nikolija Matic - firstname.lastname@example.org
This Training Course has been founded by the Erasmus+ project.
*Photo sources: http://www.intercultural-life.com, Fernando Checa, Alexandra Ioana Simon, Jelena Mitrović.