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Silence of the lost voices

At Almedals week, our leader Tania Bauder talks about how easy it is to miss voices of vulnerable groups of young people if they on some reason cannot present themselves as actively as their peers from other social groups. Democracy turns another side: you don’t speak therefore you don’t exist. From individual to systemic bullying, we can follow self-inflicted isolation and void of important insights about segregation in the society, something that may cost us A LOT as history teaches.

Thank you all participants of DiscriminHate Nobody-project for this valuable and painful awareness.

Been there done that: Now together with the colleagues from other countries )

Pheeeww!!!
Despite corona restrictions chaos and a chain of administrative challenges, how else with that topic 🙂 we did got together for a wonderful inspirational work on a Book Of Songs, our experiences of failures and fckups put together not as facts but as a flow of feelings and support towards ourselves, our colleagues and all the young people out there struggling with insecurity and fear.
Forward and forward!
Here are some pictures from the project that took place in Turkey with the support from Erasmus+ program, in February 2022.

(disclaimer: no feelings or cups were hurt during this picture taken; this is a drama workshop in action)

Let’s make it (happen) together!

Quite a few ideas and propositions high and low were ventilated during the project planning meeting with both digital and personal participants from Ukraine, Sweden and Turkey. We tried the environment for durability and patience of organizers for fantasy…

Wow we thought we will just do some workshops… It settles down for a minor revolution here!!!

Suddenly you meet another picture of you with somebody you don’t know… why do you care?

Our youth leader is at #pechakuchahelsingborg telling about her experiences and learnings gained through a non-conventional path of informal learning as she has been an active participant in two of our projects recently: Discriminhate Noboby and Been There Done That.

How close is in fact outsidership and mental ill-health, how judgmental people can be without realizing it, how hard it is for young people to talk about such adult issues as discrimination, doubts and fears, courage…. But decision to come forward and speak out is sometimes a push that moves the mountains.

Well done!!!

Queer Café: young people talk about LGBTQ+

Let's talk about various issues related to identity and relationships. Also, let's talk about how young people are considered to be less capable of processing or expressing complicated issues.... 
Discussion that exists in society about gender and identity is partly inadequate and partly simplified = uninteresting because it does not raise specific dilemmas and situations that often disappear under the guise of (respectful, but still) silence. Same silence that later on covers bullying, discrimination and shaming if not addressed early by the very participants of the public discourse, young people, in their own language and on their own premises.

Young people need more space to formulate questions themselves, not to answer those given by adults around them. Problems of low interest in LGBTQ+ are matter of incorrectly formulated questions, and way too much focus on educational profile that reduces the young people's own capacity to shape their agenda. It may have less pleasant texts and less well-designed formats, but it will give young people the feeling of power over their voice and tools of communicating their thoughts and decisions to the world. 

The idea for the Quee Café panel talk comes from young people in our association, in collaboration with young people from other countries that met together during the project Discriminhate Nobody supported by the Erasmus+ program. Now with support from Helsingborg city, they were encouraged and able to test their ideas in an open talk with each other, and the city. 
Queer Café is about creating a comfortable environment to discuss various issues related to identity and relationships. This is just a first attempt and a tryout. Discussion that exists in society is partly inadequate and partly simplified, thus uninteresting because it does not raise specific dilemmas and situations that often disappear under the guise of (respectful, but still) silence. Young people need more space to formulate questions themselves, not to answer those given by adults around them. According to the young people themselves that we met, problems of disinterest in LGBTQ + are the question of incorrectly formulated questions, and too clear an educational profile that reduces the young people's own capacity to shape their agenda. It may be less well formulated, a bit more shy and reserved, put in a bit less well-designed formats, but it gives young people the feeling of power over their voice and tools of communicating their thoughts and decisions to the world.

The debate was shared online and anyone interested could register, get the link to the event and participate digitally. Due to participants' safety reasons though the leaders of the initiative decided to disable comments for the material. Participants themselves have an opportunity to give feedback, also organize more events for several similar panel debates on topics getting attention among young audiences. On a larger scale, they could imagine that the young people who are most active in online discussions, organize a club for regular meetings, as well as annual events / conferences without talking about their visions and interpretations of identity, relationships, treatment and others and LGBTQ + issues. That is outside of our power and we hope, this debate is to be continued...
Here is the link to the final product of the project. 
that was inspired by the Erasmus+ project and made possible thanks to the support from the social services of Helsingborg city.

For us a new continent but not the means of work and unfortunately, not the topic either….

Thanks to support of Swedish Institute we could conduct a study visit and a series of workshops 10-25 of April 2022 in Ethiopia with teachers, young people and school children with a focus on girls’ access to education. Filmmaking is our favorite and appreciated tool, it was such a learning to see whether and how it could be applied in East Africa!
Now looking forward to collect more material and evaluate the results with the partners, and view over the next step in the adventure! Some more pictures and info please see on the project’s page.