Application Deadline: 15 August 2016
UNITED invites your organisation to nominate a delegate for the UNITED Conference near Lake Ohrid, FYR Macedonia:
“Living together: Transform a divided past into our common future”
UNITED is the largest pan-European anti-racist network of more than 550 organisations. Twice a year, at the UNITED network conferences, antiracist and human rights activists from all over Europe meet and discuss effective ways of combating racism and discrimination.
What can you expect?
Considering this complex situation, our conference aims to create a platform to:
– understand the ethos of conflict through case studies and personal testimonies;
– share best practices and practical tools to be used in the reconciliation process;
– provide guidelines for NGOs on how to work on reconciliation;
– initiate joint actions and pave the way for future cooperation;
– join the campaign activity planned for the upcoming International Day Against Fascism and Antisemitism (9 November)
– design the focus of the upcoming European Action Week Against Racism in 2017.
The conference programme will combine debates, workshops, sharing of experiences and local situations, simulations, political cafés and many other methods for learning from practical experience.
Debates, workshops, trainings, presentations, political cafés, icebreakers, good practice market, cultural activities, excursions, open forum, sharing good practices, etc.
The conference is planned for 75 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 with minorities, and on the topics of antidiscrimination, hate speech, and hate crime. 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 2,5 hour bus drive from Skopje Airport and will start on Wednesday 26 October 17:00 with a transfer from Skopje Airport (OR KUMANOVA) to the venue.
On Monday 31 October, we will organise a bus transfer arriving at Skopje airport at 13:00
(For participants selected for the OSCE-ODIHR training on 31 October to 1 November we will organise a transfer arriving at Skopje airport on Tuesday 1 November)
If you wish to arrive earlier or stay longer (on your own costs), we can help you to arrange your stay in Skopje.
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