Wake Up Europe: It's Time to Act!
Creative approaches to tackle discrimination
12-17 November 2012, in Finland (FIN)
Call for Nominations
Wake Up Europe: It’s Time to Act!
All across Europe political groups and subcultures that feed off racist ideologies are on the move, penetrating mainstream politics with devastating consequences for the minorities targeted.
The impact of racism and discrimination on our societies today is severe: it affects all of us in various ways whether we are its subjects or objects making social cohesion impossible and paving the way for conflict.
On the background of these examples and many others, UNITED is organising this upcoming international conference to be held in Finland (FIN).
In Finland, migrants and ethnic minorities face prejudice, discrimination and racism that affect, for instance, equal access to work and equal treatment in schools. Racism in different forms varying from exclusion and name-calling to violence is part of everyday life for many visible minorities, though racist incidents are rarely reported. Support for young victims of racism is insufficient and this need is not properly recognised. Finland has a relatively small migrant population; the biggest migrant groups today are Estonians, Russian and Somalis. There are four national ethnic and language minorities: Finnish Roma, Tatars, Finnish-Swedish and Sami, last one being the only indigenous people in EU.
Creative approaches to tackle discrimination
In this climate of hate, we are heartened by acts of courage and the strength of free-thinking individuals; people who are not afraid to speak up for equality, multiculturalism and solidarity; people who go against the status quo to fight for what they believe in.
The European antiracist movement is full of such people, and you are invited to join us in Finland to create one unified voice that shows the true value of diversity.
During the conference, we will share fresh strategies and best practices for the European antidiscrimination movement. In a time when far-right groups are more and more successful in addressing a large part of the population, our response needs to be visible and creative: It’s time to ACT!
We will make use of a variety of working methods: thematic working groups, plenary sessions and workshops
The working groups below will discuss such issues from different angles. Your contribution will be valuable...
* Just Roma, Right-less Communities
This working group focuses on involving Roma communities in the fight against discrimination and marginalisation, also on the inclusion of Roma rights in the antidiscrimination movement. We will also deal with the problem of how Roma are represented in the media and what solutions can be found to break stereotypes.
* The InVisables- Which rights for undocumented migrants?
This working group focuses on the situation for undocumented migrants in European countries. We will take a look at how human rights, basic needs, employment and education are met/missing for sans papiers in different European countries, and how different the human rights movement addresses these issues both at grassroots and advocacy levels.
* School for All - Antidiscrimination education in schoo
In our working group we will search for the most effective way to implement an atmosphere of antidiscrimination within formal education environments. We will also look at how NGOs and schools can cooperate and exchange good practices.
* Power to the Youth! Volunteering in NGOs
In this working group we will look at volunteering as a form of non-formal education and the possibility to obtain new skills, knowledge and competences as well as new support for the antidiscrimination movement.
We will also look at tools that help to evaluate and monitor learning processes in relation to key competences involved in volunteering.
* Online (H)Activism - New media in our struggle
The Internet and social media era provides a variety of new tools, methods and approaches that activists can use in their everyday work. In this working group we will explore the opportunities that these tools, methods and approaches provide and create strategies to best apply them in our everyday work.
* Artivism- Creative action against racism
In our working group we will discuss the possibilities of creative methods and art in activism and explore inspiring examples, for example in antiracist campaigns. This creative working group will offer an open environment to bring forth and test all forms of ideas and methods.
UNITED is the largest pan-European anti-racist network of more than 550 organisations. With its conferences antiracist and human rights activists from all parts of Europe meet and discuss effective ways of combating racism and discrimination. At a recent UNITED conference held in May 2012 in Turkey (TR) delegates from 92 organisations from 35 countries look at specific issues, such as refugees rights, strategies to tackle Islamophobia, the creation of a Minority Rights Network, strategies for a critical approach to the media and many more.
Conference prepared by(*):
* Finnish Youth Cooperation Allianssi (FIN)
* Foundation of Subjective Values (H)
* Kurt Lewin Foundation (H)
* Red Cross Finland (FIN)
* United Nations Youth and Students Association of Finland (FIN)
* Community Development Institute (MK)
* Opportunity (GB)
* Parler en Paix - Talking in Peace (F)
* UNITED for Intercultural Action
(*) This conference is part of the project "Europe bottom-up: Capacity Building in Anti-discrimination Youth Work", a partnership between UNITED and Association for Social Change, Minority Rights Group Europe, Finnish Youth Cooperation Allianssi, Netzwerk für Demokratie und Courage, Duha UNITED, Foundation of Subjective Values; financed by Youth in Action Programme of the European Union, Action 4.6 Youth support systems.
... plenary sessions, working groups, lectures, workshops, political cafés, presentations, debates, intercultural 'games', information market, cultural activities, excursions, open forum.
The conference is planned for 85 participants (living in the countries of the Council of Europe) who represent (inter)national antiracist, antifascist, refugee, human rights and minority rights organisations. Active grass-roots groups from all over Europe are also invited. Participation is rotated from one conference to another. Priority will be given to nominations from young delegates (under 30 years old) with a minority background. Preference is given to those organisations that actively take part in UNITED campaigns. Participants should act as multipliers, spreading the information to as many people as possible. 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, surely we can help each other.
With the financial support of:
* European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe
* Youth in Action Programme of the European Commission
* Finnish Minister of Education and Culture
* The Matra Programme of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
* Provincie Noord-Brabant
Participation fee - travel costs
The participation fee of the conference depends on the country where the nominating organisation is based:
120 Euro for participants from group 1:
A, B, CH, CY, D, DK, E, F, FL, GB, GR, I, IS, IRL, L, M, N, NL, P, S
60 Euro for participants from group 2:
BG, CZ, EE, H, HR, LV, LT, PL, RO, SI, SK
40 Euro for participants from group 3:
FIN, AL, ARM, AZ, BH, BY, GE, H, KZ, KY, MK, MNE, MD, RS, RUS, TR, UA, UZB, XZ
Full board & lodging and the complete program is included.
Organisations that paid their 2012 supporter fee to the UNITED Network will receive a 50% reduction of the participation fee. (how to become a supporter)
Contribution to international travel costs
Participants travelling from group 1
A, B, CH, CY, D, DK, E, F, GB, GR, I, IS, IRL, L, M, N, NL, P, S
UNITED can contribute maximum 75% to the costs of your travel, not more than 260 Euro.
Participants travelling from group 2
BG, CZ, EE, H, HR, LV, LT, PL, RO, SI, SK, TR
UNITED can contribute maximum 85% to the costs of your travel, not more than 280 Euro.
Participants travelling from group 3
AL, ARM, AZ, BH, BY, GE, H, KZ, KY, MK, MNE, MD, RS, RUS, UA, UZB, XZ
UNITED can contribute maximum 90% to the costs of your travel, not more than 320 Euro.
Participants travelling from Finland
UNITED can contribute maximum 75% to the costs of your travel, not more than 250 Euro
The cost of your visa can be reimbursed by UNITED on the base of an original invoice from the Embassy.
Please look for the cheapest and most environmentally friendly possibility to travel. We strongly encourage you to travel by night-train, bus or other cheaper means of transport to Finland.
In order to be eligible for a contribution to your travel costs you are expected to attend the whole meeting and to prove your travel expenses providing an original invoice and the original tickets to UNITED.
UNITED can only contribute to travel costs made for the return route between your place of residence and Finland.
UNITED conferences can only take place when participants make an effort to contribute financially to their travel costs. We ask you to find out if there are alternative possibilities of funding your participation. Sometimes it is possible to find small local grants (e.g. a travel grant from a foundation, a university, an embassy or another sponsor). We would very much appreciate your help.
Since we have limited sponsored places, delegates that can cover (part of) their own travel costs have a higher chance to be selected.
Date and place
The conference will take place in Finland (FIN) and will start on Monday afternoon 12 November 2012 with a bus transport to the venue.
Departure from Helsinki is foreseen for Saturday afternoon 17 November 2012.
If you wish to arrive earlier or stay longer (on your own costs), we can help you to arrange your stay.
- Please fill in the form (click here for registration form) completely providing all data as requested. 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)
- Priority will be given to nominations from young delegates (under 30 years old) with a minority background
- Sending this form to UNITED does not guarantee that you will be selected for the conference - we receive many nominations.
- Only selected candidates will be informed about the result of their selection and receive further information via e-mail end of September 2012.
Organisations interested in nominating a delegate should send their nomination (Expression of Interest form-click here for registration form ) by email before the deadline:
19 September 2012 - 24:00 to firstname.lastname@example.org
UNITED for Intercultural Action
European network against nationalism, racism, fascism
and in support of migrants and refugees
Postbus 413, NL-1000 AK Amsterdam, Netherlands
phone +31-20-6834778, fax +31-20-6834582