Private: Modern-day Activism – Listen to the Voice of Migrants

14 Sep 2018 - 18 Sep 2018, Lithuania

Modern-day Activism - Listen to the Voice of Migrants

 

UNITED for Intercultural Action, in cooperation with the National Institute for Social Integration, Lithuania, hereby invites NGO representatives to an international conference on innovative methods in promoting active citizenship, entitled Modern-day Activism –  Listen to the Voice of Migrants, between 14-18 September 2018.

 

The conference will focus on presenting and transferring successful and innovative methods on engaging young people in civic life and increase their participation in the antiracist movement, and to enable European citizens to develop counter-narratives to hate speech.

Our objectives with this international conference are:

• Empower NGYOs to boost youth participation in the antiracist movement,

• Build capacity of NGOs by sharing best practices on changing narratives and the perception of migration through youth  activism

• Identifying and developing methodologies to improve the Internet and media literacy of youth.

During the conference, participants will be working in 4 different groups (more information below):

1. Traveling exhibition of non stereotypical headlines

2. Project communication campaign

3. Migrant Library in the parliaments

4. Plan of working with media as a target group

 

Application:

You can apply by filling in the Expression of Interest form until 15 July 2018.

Selected participants will be informed about the selection until 24 July 2018.

 

This conference will be made possible with the financial support of:

  • The European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe
  • The Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union
  • Europe for Citizens 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.

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WORKING GROUPS

1. Traveling exhibition of non stereotypical headlines

The main activities of this working group:

During this working group, the participants will develop the content, graphic design and technical solution for the traveling exhibition of headlines. An international team of experts from different educational backgrounds will gather headlines of articles that were published in their countries, in which content is based on bias and generalizations about migrants and refugees. During the workshop the headlines will be rewritten to draw attention on how media represent different groups of society. The exhibition will reflect the situation of refugees and migrants in all 7 participating countries.

Specifically we will:

  • Develop the content, graphic design and technical solution for a traveling exhibition of headlines
  • Create a travelling headlines exhibition plan and how best  to present them, in order to make the most;
  • Rewrite headlines that have a negative impact on vulnerable groups too demonstrate a more ethical approach;
  • Have an opportunity to travel around Europe with the exhibition, and discover more about the situation in those countries that take the exhibition.

Why should you be part of this dream team?

The Project is seeking to work with experts who have experience in using an appropriately broad vocabulary and critical terminology, as well as writing clear headlines that reflect accurately the content of an article. We are looking for participants who have clear understanding of journalism ethics and who want to contribute to fair and accurate news coverage.

What are the benefits for the future?

This workshop aims to motivate journalists to become more sensitive towards vulnerable groups, and enable them to apply critical thinking to coverage of stories about migrants. Participants will receive practical information about how to identify the effects of discriminatory headlines. With the help of the mainstream media, we intend that the exhibition will be publicised nationally and internationally in order to improve public understanding and media literacy.

2. Project communication campaign

The main activities of this working group:

During this workshop, communication experts from different fields will develop a Voice4Migrant detailed communication strategy, visual image and posters for newsrooms. With an effective communication strategy, we will broadcast the message on how to welcome refugees and encourage them to become a part of oursociety.

This creative workshop will be completed by developing a clear and comprehensive report that will reflect all achievements and opportunities for each partner organization.

Specifically we will:

  • create a communication strategy with innovative tools;
  • create informative posters for newsrooms;
  • create a contact database to reach out to opinion-makers and multipliers;
  • develop a clear and comprehensive communication strategy that matches the specific needs of each participating country

Why should you be part of this dream team?

The Project is seeking to work with experts who have the experience in using effectively various media platforms, and have strong written, visual and oral communication skills. This strategiccommunication planning is conceived as a means of building and enhancing the skills of the media professionals and their outlets, as well as to empower them with more understanding of sensitive issues.

What are the benefits for the future?

The practical implementation of the workshop aims at creating a communication plan for all the elements of the “Voice4Migrants”project. Based on this plan, participants will try to engage the wider public in the goals of the project. Our main aim is to deliver a clear messages about refugee acceptance and integration.

3. Migrant Library in the parliaments

The main activities of this working group:

This innovative workshop will give an opportunity to migrants to enter the parliament buildings and discuss with politicians about their stories and struggles with politicians. The participants will not only take part in this parliamentary initiative, but they will also be involved in developing a strategic plan to implement this unconventional approach to lobbying.

Participants will make use of the Human Library technique – a non-formal educational method that promotes mutual understanding, tolerance and respect for human rights. Operating under the principle that “Everyone has a story, but not all stories are in the books”, the Human Library consists of living books, librarians and readers and has proved highly effective is schools and community projects.

Developing a Human Library is a special process – the migrants and refugees be empowered to participate as ‘living books’ – able to feel safe as they tell their stories and answer questions. Participants will get to share their experience with migrants from other countries whose experiences may be both different and similar.

The eventual 4-hour-long Human Library will be an opportunity, especially for politicians, but also for the wider community, to meet the real people whose predicament has so often been misrepresented in the media and political discourse.

Specifically we will:

  • develop acommunication plan on how to attract parliamentarians to participate in the ‘Migrant Library’;
  • develop a plan on to ensure that partnering organizations fully understand the logistics and vision of the project
  • find ways to assist participating partners to implement a ‘Migrant Library’ in their country;
  • be able to travel to several European countries, implementing ‘Migrant Libraries’’

Why should you be part of this dream team?

The Project is seeking to work with experts who are highly motivated in appreciating multi-culturalism. We are looking for professionals who have fresh ideas, keen on strategic planning and demonstrating show their organizational skills, and enthusiastic about being part of an innovative project that will make have impact on public opinion.

What are the benefits for the future?

For migrants and refugees it will be a great opportunity to articulate their predicament to those who in positions of power who make decisions that affect their lives. The worksop is aiming to challenge parliamentarians’ misconceptions, using open dialogue to try to change negative attitudes towards migration.

4. Plan of working with media as a target group

The main activities of this working group:

This working group is focusing on creating a strategic plan for the future training in Spain, in which participants will be expected to identify hate speech and neutralize it. Participating journalists and experts will design journalistic experiments and creative content in the form of posters that will be used in local newsrooms. The programme will include lectures and practical seminars, as well as more informal methods that include the ‘Human Library’, ‘real life modelling’ and creative workshops.

Specifically we will:

  • create journalistic simulations and scenarios for use in partnering countries, related to their social, political and migration conditions;
  • develop 8 different experimental plans to reflect the situation in each participatory country
  • come up with different scenarios for each partner country, so that the stories can later translated to other languages
  • give significant importance to journalism ethics, and the privacy of those individuals involved in experiments

Why should you be part of this dream team?

The Project is seeking to work with journalists and media experts who are able to investigate issues in depth, with fresh ideas and innovative plans to achieve them.  You will be able to show your planning strategic skills, but you will also have opportunities to improve your ability to collect, edit, analyze and interpret data and statistics for storytelling.

What are the benefits for the future?

This strategic planning will be the first step to determine the way the other events in the Voice4Migrants project will be implemented. After this plan, participants will have a clear view about how to prepare informational posters on migration issues for editorial offices to challenge bias and stereotyping. It is estimated that the published journalistic experiments/stories will reach at least a million users/viewers/readers and so, we hope, it will have an impact on public opinion.