Youth and Gender Civic Participation in the Balkans

img 0266SYMβIOSIS organised a workshop on "Learning from your Neighbour" in cooperation with The Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) within the EU project 'Ladies Diary of Change' on 28-30 January 2013 in Thessaloniki. The action project "Enhancing Youth and Gender Civic Participation in the Balkans: LADIES DIARY OF CHANGE" coordinated by Novi Sad School of Journalism is a partnership action funded by the European Commission under the Civil Society Facility: Partnership action Empowerment of Women.

The project's focus is on preparing young women for active involvement and governing of democratic changes in the region, especially when it comes to sensitive issues of post-conflict and post-authoritarian heritage in Balkans, a legacy left to young generations from the times when politics was a -men only- profession. The purpose of this project is to contribute to the empowerment of young women in West Balkan countries so that they overcome the usual hurdles to political participation and activism that are owed to various gender barriers in schools, CSOs and local communities. The project demonstrates how this can achieve through joint work of CSO's and media and interregional cooperation. Participants of the project are 18 high school girls learning to use the skills needed for turning their ideas into concrete initiatives, and preparing them for decision-making roles in the dialogue and reconciliation processes.






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