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Your thoughts on promoting greater realisation of human rights in Europe

Dear World Pulse community,

As an international student in Europe, I have been invited to attend the European Regional Forum to be held in Italy this April. One the things that we will discuss in the forum is on ways in which we can promote greater realisation of human rights in Europe. My ideas are based on my context: transnational student and also as an Asian young woman in Europe. These are bordering migration and women's rights.

I would like to request European friends, migrants, students and all who have any suggestion on how we can do this. It is important that I see more points of view as I would be part of the team that is going to draft provisions or resolutions that will eventually be reviewed for approval by UNESCO and the EU. Whilst I can speak for myself and my own context, it would be much better to hear different voices.

Thank you.

warmly,
Katea

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WorldCare's picture

Ideas: Building Human Rights in Europe

Hello Katea,
I see your message of Feb. 12. I believe you will do well with this work. Education and exposure to others is key to interpersonal respect. I suggest you form some discussion groups, of women of various backgrounds. Sometimes this is easier said that done! But, any start is a good start! Plan to invite 8 women to join over a soup lunch, or a Saturday afternoon coffee/tea. Make a short list of topics you might address, such as higher education (college) for everyone; budgets for meals; favorite foods; the price of clothing; marriage or not marriage; caring for elderly parents; cost of housing; raising children. Pick ONE of these topics for one day, and go around the circle of 8 (or whoever attends), and let each woman give her views on this one topic. This is a way to share, and will bring in other subjects, and will reveal their common interests/needs. Plan to meet for just 4 times. This is a start! You can develop this as you see fit. Sharing these challenges in life, reveal that we all have the same concerns.

Where will you meet, or where will you find the women? You could approach a YMCA or YWCA to do this in their own facility. Or, approach a church to find an "audience" and a space for the group. Or identify already existing women's groups, such as fitness clubs, knitting groups, childcare groups, local colleges, etc.

Education is key to this problem of cultural prejudice. You can also work with school administrations to learn what is in their social studies/history curriculum. Work at writing some educational components for these studies, or review their current curriculum and see how it could be enhanced for this purpose of human rights. Again, in schools, whether young children or college students, small discussion groups could be formed and mutual topics discussed as for the women's groups above.

You could design a specific program, with 6-8 sessions, writing the topics and questions for each topic, which any group could use for discussion. Give the program a catchy name and promote it throughout a city or country. Names such as: Sit&Share, Looking Out, My Neighbors, Being Neighbors, Not Just Me, AllTogether, New Talk, New Times, Time for Us, We're Together, Talking Together, Talking Time, Let's Talk, Word Gifts, etc. This latter idea makes me think of a wonderful old Hebrew saying that I found recently: "Death and Live are in the Tongue". In other words, what we say is vital for how relations proceed.

I wish you well with this project. Contact me again if you wish.

katea's picture

Thank you!

Apologies for the delayed response. I've been going around and I have difficulty in keeping up. But This New Year, I want to be as active as I can on social network. I would like to hear what people are saying to keep me in in the loop. Thank you for the suggestions.

Poverty is man-made that we can undo.

rgdaoud's picture

I would like to attend

Can I attend the conference ?...... I am a Sudanese journalist living and working in Sudan

katea's picture

I will update you.

There is an upcoming meeting with UNESCO and I will update you as soon as I get the details. :)

Poverty is man-made that we can undo.

rgdaoud's picture

Am waiting

Am waiting

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