European Youth Event 2021: addressing racism, and working towards the future we want

“Representation and ensuring a Safe space for all are key when talking about creating a more Inclusive Society” 

From 4 until 9 October the European Parliament opened its doors in Strasbourg for the annual European Youth Event 2021 yet another time. This year’s EYE fell under the motto “The future is ours” and once again there were many young inspiring and driven activists and speakers who entered into exchange with the politicians present. UNITED joined the EYE 2021 online from Budapest and attended the programme, which was filled with  discussion panels, workshops on matters important for young people, including green transition, media literacy, human rights and diversity. 

We would like to highlight a panel which took place on Saturday: “Fighting Discrimination: Towards a more inclusive society”. One of  the speakers, Mónica Silvana González, member of the European Parliament, spoke about how the future of the EU lies within the diaspora and laid emphasis on the importance of the mobilization of the youth in order to make that diverse change possible. The role of art in fighting racism as well as the European definition of solidarity were discussed, noting that an overall structural change of the representation of marginalized groups has to take place.  If you want to view the sessions, some of them are still available on the EYE website

Although there were positive developments when it came to highlighting the importance of inclusion, the EYE2021 was not able to ensure a respectful environment for all. At UNITED we want to especially express our Solidarity with #DiasporaVore – a network aimed to encourage racialised individuals in Europe to show interest in the development of EU policies, and FEMYSO – Forum of Europeam Muslim Youth and Student Organisations, both of whose members experienced provocations and disrutpions, as well as verbal harassment from the far-right groups. We call onto the European Parliament to carry a serious investigation and ensure that young people can feel safe.

If you want to support the youth groups, join us in sending messages of solidarity and express concern to the European Parliament and its President David Sassoli! #HumanRightsforAll