*** Deadline for nominations 12 February 2017 ***
International UNITED Conference near Prague, 7-12 April 2017
“Rewind Radicalisation: Building up strategies against extremism”
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS
Radicalisation is a process by which an individual or group comes to adopt increasingly extreme political, social, or religious opinions. It is not a one-off decision, but a development that occurs step-by-step within an individual or a group.
During the last few years, a rising level of interest in far-right ideologies has been noticeable in almost all European countries. This has not only been the case since the Brexit referendum and the growing influx of refugees from the middle and far east. Xenophobic, homophobic, anti-Roma islamophobic and antisemitic associations are no longer on the fringe of society, but originate from the middle of it, and support for such movements has become normalised. This dangerous development leads to even faster radicalisation and to a lower inhibition threshold for violent actions.
In such times, not only official European institutions, but also civil society and its activists need to join forces to fight against increasing right-wing radicalisation of individuals and society on different levels and in different ways. For this reason, UNITED invites European antidiscrimination organisations to nominate delegates to participate in the conference Rewind Radicalisation! Building up strategies against extremism , which will take place near Prague, Czech Republic from 7-12 April 2017.
What can you expect?
Considering that radicalisation and, even more, de-radicalisation are extremely complex topics, our conference aims to create a platform to:
– understand what radicalisation is and where and how it starts
– listen to experts in this field and get some theoretical background
– find out how it affects our society by listening to personal testimonies
– work in groups on education, media, advocacy, campaigning or community work
– initiate joint actions for NGOs as well as produce future working materials
– pave the way for future cooperations
The conference programme will combine debates, workshops, sharing of experiences, political cafes and many other methods for learning from practical experience.
About the situation in Czech Republic
In Czech Republic, extremist and radical parties and associations have a great impact on the political discussion about migrants and refugees in- and outside the country. Even though radical associations have been banned in the past, new groups have risen, and Facebook has made it easy for citizens with similar radical opinions to organise and act together. Local NGOs, loose groups and active citizens fighting against this hate are being attacked, sometimes not just verbally, but also physically. As worrying as these incidents tend to be, they also show that there are still people interested in building an open society, facing its problems and not opting for the easy and popular solution.
What is UNITED?
UNITED for Intercultural Action is the European network against nationalism, racism, fascism and in support of migrants, refugees and minorities. Together with over 550 supporter organisations all around Europe, ranging from local grassroots associations to national and international NGOs, UNITED coordinates campaigns, organises conferences, takes part in projects, produces publications and undertakes advocacy work to protest against discrimination and promote our shared vision for a diverse and inclusive society.
EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FORM
If your organisation is interested in nominating a representative, please fill the online expression of interest form (in English) as soon as possible (deadline 12 February 2017 24:00).
Make sure you have read and accepted the financial conditions before you nominate.
Debates, workshops, trainings, presentations, political cafes, icebreakers, good practice market, cultural activities, excursions, open forum, sharing good practices, etc.
The conference is planned for 80 participants (living in the countries of the Council of Europe) who represent (inter)national antiracist, antifascist, refugee, and minority rights organisations. Active grass-roots groups from all over Europe are also invited. We are especially interested in nominations from organisations working on the topic of radicalisation. As a participant, you should have:
– knowledge of and passion for the topic,
– advocacy and/ or campaigning skills,
– experience with strategy development,
– plans on multiplying the knowledge gained into your organisation’s own activities.
Participation is rotated from one conference to another, so you might not be selected if you were a participant at another recent UNITED conference, and organisations are advised to nominate delegates who have not participated at previous UNITED events.
Priority will be given to nominations from young delegates (upto 30 years old), and to delegates with a minority background. Preference is given to our official supporter organisations and those organisations that actively take part in UNITED campaigns. Participants should act as multipliers, spreading the information to as many people as possible. Since we have limited sponsored places, organisations that can cover (part of) their delegates’ travel costs have a higher chance of being selected. We will try to reach an equal balance of female/male participants and a good geographical distribution.
Each organisation can nominate only ONE delegate.
The conference language is English. All participants are expected to have at least basic knowledge of English. But don’t worry; English is almost nobody’s mother tongue. If you have difficulties in expressing yourself, we can help each other.
DATE AND PLACE
The conference will take place in a conference centre situated 45 minutes bus journey from Prague City centre and will start on Friday 7 April 2017 18:00.
On Wednesday 12 April, participants can leave the venue after breakfast.
If you wish to arrive earlier or stay longer (on your own costs), we can help you to arrange your stay in Prague.
– Please fill in the online form completely providing all data as requested and in English. If you invest more effort in the application it has more chance to be successful!
– Each organisation can nominate only ONE representative (living in Europe).
– Sending this form to UNITED does not guarantee that you will be selected for the conference – we receive many more nominations than we have places for participants at the conference.
– Only selected candidates will be informed about the result of their selection and receive further information via e-mail around 26 February 2017.
Organisations interested in nominating a delegate should fill the online expression of interest form before the deadline: 12 February 2017 24:00
This conference is prepared by:
* Antikomplex, Czech Republic
* Bulgarian Red Cross – Refugees & Migrant Service
* EFSYN – Efimerida ton Sintakton, Greece
* Human Rights Association, Georgia
* Norsensus Mediaforum, Norway
* UNITED for Intercultural Action
In cooperation with:
* Heinrich Böll Foundation
* Prague Spring II Network
This conference has been made possible with the financial support of:
* The European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe
* The Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union
The information contained herein does not necessarily reflect the position nor the opinion of our sponsors. Sponsors are not to be held responsible for any use that may be made of it.