Workshop descriptions: Youth Activism and Change
August 1st, 2013
WG01: Look and don’t forget human rights!
Leader: Ellie Keen
The workshop will introduce participants to the international system of human rights protection, tracing its emergence to the abuses suffered under the Holocaust. We will consider how human rights can be used today to offer protection against continuing abuse, exploring different aims and forms of activism. A simple model will offer participants the chance to develop their own strategies for addressing human rights concerns in their own lives.
Ellie Keen is a human rights educator and activist from the United Kingdom. She has co-authored several educational resources, including Compass, A Manual on Human Rights Education with Young People. She is currently working on a toolkit to combat antigypsyism.
WG02: No Hate Speech Movement Action for 2nd August
Leader: Ruxandra Pandea
This practical workshop will introduce participants to the No Hate Speech Movement campaign and its tools. We will explore the links between the hate speech,
genocide and remembrance action, but we will build together an online awareness raising action for 2nd August using the tools of the platform: blogs, video, hate speech watch reporting, social media. We will also look into further cooperation possibilities.
Ruxandra Pandea works as Educational advisor in the Youth Department, Council of Europe and specializes in Human Rights Education, online activism and learning and coordinates educational activities in the No Hate Speech Movement Campaign.
WG03: Roma REACT online activism
Leader: Gabriela Hrabanova
RomaReact.org is a digital space mobilizing young people to actively participate in society and become agents in their own lives, equal and respected citizens. Through the www.RomaReact.org we present a positive image of Roma by sharing the culture, fun and real stories. During the workshop we learn how to use the website and some tricks for Facebook and Twitter activism.
Gabriela Hrabanova has completed MA in International Relationship and Diplomacy with her thesis on anti-Gypsyism in Europe. She was engaged for many years in Romani student organization Athinganoi, later in the Czech Government. Currently based in Brussels, she works with ERGO Network.
WG04: Strategic Campaigning workshop
Leader: Fotis Filippou, Amnesty International
How do we develop and implement campaigning strategies that aim at achieving change? How do we plan strategically? How do we target different audiences to achieve our campaigning goals? This workshop draws from AI campaign examples to enable participants to explore, understand and practice strategic campaigning. Through presentations and work in groups, participants will look at a campaign project cycle and will explore different tools that can be used to develop effective and strategic campaigns.
Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 3 million supporters, members and activists in over 150 countries and territories who campaign to end grave abuses of human rights. Our vision is for every person to enjoy all the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards.
WG05: ternYpe campaigning against antigypsyism
Leaders: Merdjan Jakupov Boglarka Dombi
Language: English, Romanes
Find out how to put your creativity into Action! This interactive workshop will explore use of creative and innovative approaches in ternYpe campaigns when dealing with issues of antigypsyism and the Roma Genocide. We will reflect on the meaning and effects of antigypsyism in the life of young Roma and their communities, but also engage in dynamic and practical brainstorming sessions on campaign slogans, messages and strategies for next ternYpe Youth Campaign for change, recognition, and grassroots mobilization.
Merdjan Jakupov and Boglarka Dombi are ternYpe youth activists from Macedonia and Hungary. Merdjan realized his voluntary service in Berlin and is a board member of Amaro Drom in Germany.
Boglarka studied educational sciences and is active for ternYpe Hungary.
WG06: Mechanisms of discrimination
Leader: Ania Makówka-Kwa
The objective of this workshop is to expose the mechanisms of discrimination and to understand important concepts related to discrimination. During the workshop we will share experiences of discrimination and exclusion, learn about “structural discrimination” and how to recognize discrimination in behavior and statements. The workshops will also focus on understanding anti-discrimination.
Anna Makówka-Kwapisiewicz, journalist, feminist and radical housewife. President of the Czulent Jewish Association, from 2007 in charge of the Jewish Literary Salon. She worked with the Austeria Publishing House, the Midrasz Foundation & the Karta Institute. She specializes in the problems of cultural education in Roma and Jewish communities, and in Anti-Discrimination.
WG07: Learn from the past – be active now: Phiren Amenca workshop on volunteering for change
Leader: Marietta Herfort, Astrid Oelpenich
In this workshop we want to discuss with participants how voluntary service can be a tool for combining remembrance of the Roma holocaust with social activism. The first step will be a panel discussion with 4 to 5 volunteers (working in a holocaust memorial site, Roma and non-Roma volunteers working in Roma related placements) about their placements and experiences. The second step will involve more creative methods and concentrate on how to bring together the Roma topic with history and Holocaust memory sites and how to use them for making a change in the present.
Marietta and Astrid work together in the Phiren Amenca network. Marietta has facilitated seminars on Roma rights and is part of the Phiren Amenca coordination team. Astrid has been a volunteer and is now coordinating the voluntary service in Amaro Drom, Germany.
WG08: With Culture against Discrimination!
Leader: Nedjo Osman
Change the image of Roma through culture! With culture against discrimination! In a culture, as factor of change there are two parts, identity and image. Which role does culture play and how, in which segments and forms can it change the current situation of Roma?
Roma were and are still exposed to diverse forms of stereotypes and discrimination: how can this influence culture? Which role does art play in the construction of the image of Roma, and how much influence can it have on Roma identity?
Nedjo Osman, born in Skopje, finished the film and theatre academy of Novi Sad. Previous member of Pralipe, he is, since 1995, director with Nada Kokotovic of Theatre TKO / European Romano Theatre in Cologne. He is also journalist (Romanes radio in Deutsche Welle), poet, mediator and social worker.
WG09: Education against antigypsyism
Leader: Markus End
In this workshop we’ll learn how to give workshops, seminars and teach otherwise against antigypsyism. First of all, we’ll talk about what exactly the educational goals of such seminars could be. Afterwards, we’ll learn about some examples of educational approaches and methods and discuss about their advantages and disadvantages.
Markus End is a Non-Roma, political scientist, living in Berlin. He was author of a pedagogical toolkit on antigypsyism and has a broad experience in teaching and education on antigypsyism both on activist and scientific level.
WG10: HipHop Workshop
Leader: Mariposa, Karoly Herfort
This music and artistic workshop invites interested, talented and engaged people to write together a hiphop song about the Roma Genocide and our vision for change and a better future. We want to improvise with hiphop and different music styles, but also be creative in any other form. The aim is to perform the song during the conference and to produce a short video clip as well.
Karoly Herfort is a Romaversitas student and ternype activist from Szeged in Hungary.
Mariposa is an artist and Roma activist from Czech Republic engaged in the grassroots organization Konexe, and part of the Universal Zulu Nation.
WG11: Citizen Journalism as Youth Activism
Leader: Cătălina Mătăsaru, Andreea Firăstrăeru
The Citizen Journalism workshop invites participants to explore the concept of participatory journalism, to get to know and use during the event journalistic practices to collect and disseminate news/information on Roma realities, human rights and democratic values. The hosts will share GoFree’s experience in the project “Creative Journalism for Democracy” (implemented in partnership with the Memorial of the Victims of Communism and of the Resistance, Sighetu-Marmației).
Cătălina participated at “Creative Journalism for Democracy”. She studies Journalism and assists with the editing of GoFree magazine. Andreea was involved as trainer in the project and supports various initiatives to increase youth civic/political participation.
WG12: Holocaust Education – sharing experiences from Jewish youth organizations
Leader: Andi Gergely
EUJS has been actively involved in the preservation of the memory of the Holocaust and is working with Yad Vashem (World Center for Holocaust Research, Documentation, Education and Commemoration). At this session you will learn about different methods- art, story-telling, films, family stories – how to talk and teach about the Holocaust. What tools are available to speak about the darkest chapter in history?
Andi Gergely is the President of the European Union of Jewish student, the umbrella organization of 35 national Jewish student unions in Europe and the Former Soviet Union. She comes from Hungary and is working in Brussels.
WG13: Evergreen dilemma: How to deal with extreme-right media?
Leaders: Marianna Jonas, Hanna Mikes
Come and discuss the evergreen dilemma: should one speak to the extreme-right media? Is it more important to bring fundamental human rights topics – such as “are the Roma born criminals” and other topics to the far-right audience – and through that legitimizing their forums – or is it better to stay away from these platform and not to give them legitimacy at all? In this workshop you will learn from what others think about this in the European spectrum and will broaden your perspective of the topic of external communication.
Marianna Jonas is a human rights activist from Hungary and a student of nationalism studies at Central European University. Hanna Mikes is an anthropology student in ELTE in Budapest and an activist for Roma and Jewish youth issues.
WG14: Samudaripen’s Remembrance through Insurrection’s Celebration
Leaders: Saimir Mile, Pierre Chopinaud, Mirabela Margelu
Based on a historical fact that the history had neglected – an insurrection in Auschwitz on 16 May 1944-, as well as on the particular relation of Rroms to history and pain, La voix des Rroms organised on 16 May 2010 a public event called “The Celebration of Gypsy Insurrection”. Its representatives will share this experience with the participants and will suggest a European-wide event for the 70th anniversary of this insurrection, on 16 May 2014.
Founded in the spring 2005 in Paris, La voix des Rroms has as an objective to give Rromani people the place they are entitled to into the public space. Its main activities include awareness raising and human rights defense.
WG15: Advocacy for 2 August Movement
Leader: Emran Elmazi, Adriatik Hasantari
This working group dedicates itself to discuss about advocacy and campaigning strategies for the recognition of the Roma Genocide and 2 August as official memorial day. The group seeks to build and intensify European cooperation among youth organizations on this topic, as well as to develop different actions on grassroots and national level for the 2 August Movement.
Emran Elmazi is a ternYpe activist, student of law and chairman of Amaro Drom from Germany.
Adriatik Hasantari is a ternYpe activist and director of the NGO Roma Active Albania.