The Citizens are United

The Citizens are United

The Citizens are United (TCAU)

Description and goals

The aim of this project is to engage EU citizens on the stigmatization of immigrants with a view to encourage civic participation, promote tolerance and understanding. The Citizens Are United, is a follow up to 2016's successfully implemented project - "The Citizens are Speaking", where the issue of stigma was first raised by the TCNs themselves during implementation. The main objective of the project is to organize 4 Intercultural Dialogues (events to promote multiculturalism and intercultural integration), giving the citizens of the European Union a vision of the problems of civic participation, stigmatization and prejudice in order to break these stereotypes and prejudices through voluntary activities and multicultural dialogues. The results will be presented at the beginning of 2019 at international conferences in Ireland, Greece and Malta.

This project aspires to address the gap within the EU's integration policy; most specifically the rise in stigmatization of TCNs that has only increased along the years; and the promotion of opportunities for inter-cultural engagement/volunteering at Union level. Stigma represents a mark of degradation associated with a particular circumstance, quality or person and determines actions like social exclusion, isolation, exploitation, bullying, discrimination, reduced opportunities. Stigmatization not only refers to personal characteristics or limitations, but also to group/cultural/ religious/ racial/ethnic identity. As a result of this project, we believe that there will be change in attitudes when dealing with TCNs and there will be more active involvement of policy makers at all levels to spearhead policy changes, to have standardized procedures throughout EU Member States on how certain issues are handled. The project will include a volunteering activity, and publication of a guide book with recommendations to reducing stigma, that will be channeled to the policy makers, migrant lobby groups, MEPs, and national politicians from participating Member States.

Conferences will cover the topics discussed in: Communication paper on European Agenda for integration of TCNs; Commission Staff working paper on EU initiatives supporting the integration of TCNs; European Agenda for Migration; Handbook on Integration for policy-makers and practitioners. This project will include participants who will come from different backgrounds and all walks of life. Project will be carried out between January 2018 and June 2019.

Timetable of the Project

January 2018 - Pre-project meeting

February to November 2018 - Event - Intercultural dialogues

February to May - Volunteering activities

January 2019 - Event - Conference -Ireland

February - Conference - Greece

March - Conference - Malta

April - Event - Press Conference - Malta

May to June - Evaluation and reporting

Partners

- Wezesha (Ireland): Wezesha (Swahili for empower) is an Irish based not for profit, non-governmental organisation founded and managed by members of the African Diaspora from Ireland to support women and children affected or likely to be affected by conflict and violence in Africa; it works in collaboration with allies and stakeholders to achieve an equal and just society through the empowerment of African women and children so that they live in peace and dignity, have healthy life and access to resources.

- InterAlia (Greece): InterAlia is a private not-for-profit organization based in Athens, Greece. Its activities are carried out through its two interconnected branches, a youth organization and a think-tank. Both branches have common aims though diverse tools for pursuing them. Inter Alia's founders and members are interested and work on contemporary challenges of the EU with focus on education, democracy, citizenship and human rights.

- Check-In (Portugal): Check-IN - Cooperation and Development is a non-profit association founded in 2010, based in Beja but also operating in the center of Lisbon. The main objectives of Check-In action are to promote lifelong learning opportunities, to encourage young people to be active citizens and participants in the life of the local community, to encourage social integration and inclusion, and education for sustainable development.

- Associazione Interculturale NUR (Italy): Associazione Interculturale NUR is a non-profit association established in 1999 and active in the field of intercultural integration, promoting and realizing cultural events, training experiences and informative seminars for the youth in Sardinia.

- ADEL (Slovakia): ADEL (Association for Development, Educatione and Labour) is an association that creates opportunities for students, graduates and all young people who want to be active, try and learn something new, gain experience and knowledge to their personal and professional development. The main purpose is to help shape a generation that is determined to change our country for the better.

- CCIF (Cyprus): CCIF Cyprus is a non-profit organization, established in 2016 by a group of young professionals to foster inclusive, peaceful and just local societies free from hate, fear and violence. It is active in the field of intercultural integration, promoting and realizing cultural events, training experiences and informative seminars for the youth.

- SFERA (Macedonia): SFERA is a NGO from Bitola which was first formed in 2007 like a informal group and in July 2009 it was registered as a NGO. The general goal is through non formal methods to educate the population in Macedonia about the protection of the environment, cultural and natural heritage, with the purpose to raise the awareness of all age groups about the importance of healthy lifestyle and the benefits that come with it.

- Association of European projects (Bulgaria): The Association of European Projects in Bulgaria is a non-governmental organization, established by the Basic Protocol of 11.03.2000 and by decision of the VOC of May 25, 2000. It is registered as a non-profit legal entity for private benefit. It accomplishes its objectives and tasks in interaction with social houses, schools and other physical and legal persons.

- Asociatia Be Inclusive (Romania): Associatia Be Inclusive in Romania is a non-profit organization that is promoting the quality inclusive education. The Asscociation tries to give support to the vulnerable persons - disability students and their families, organizing meetings with the Special Education teachers and the Regular ones, students with disabilities, families, and non-disable students, the entire community, talking about tolerance, nondiscrimination, and acceptance.

ACTIVITIES

1- Voluntary activities - Check-IN

A Portuguese team of volunteers did various volunteering activities to promote interculturality and tolerance in the region of Lisbon.

The volunteering activities promoted by the portuguese volunteers involved young people from different countries being them multicultural activities in Lisbon and intercultural dinners.

2- Intercultural Dialogues - Check-IN

Intercultural Dinners with the aim to promote multiculturality and sharing experiences.

Workshops in Schools to promote the active citizenship, democracy, protection of human rights and tolerance.

Information about activities organised by another partners on: https://thecitizensareunited.wordpress.com/voluntary-activities/

3 - International Conference Dates

- IRELAND - 24th to 27th January 2019

- GREECE - 27 February to 2 March 2019

- MALTA - 27th to 31st March 2019

Recomendations of the Project The Citizens Are United:

https://issuu.com/associacaocheckin/docs/tcau_recommendations_to_reducing_st

Contacts

Portugal -

More information about the project on https://thecitizensareunited.wordpress.com/voluntary-activities/

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