Feminists in the Environmental Movement

Our planet is in danger, and those fighting for their homes daily are not heard! Local Reporters in 7 countries of Central and Eastern Europe have visited the areas harmed by climate change and harsh industries, and listened to the inspiring stories of young women living in rural areas. 

We will hear their perspectives and discuss the intersection of feminist and environmental movements trough different lenses they discovered in local stories. 

Read about the project Feminists in the Environmental Movement here.

Local reporters will amplify their voices in an online presentation and discussion on Friday, 26th August at 18:00 CEST.

Join the discussion with Anamarija, Natalya, Özge, Elena, Karla, Palina and Maja: 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81922270797?pwd=SkFqOVcxaEMzR3lZNUdQNXp4QkFCdz09

Meeting ID: 819 2227 0797

Passcode: 782886

Get Involved With YOUR Ideas!

Do you wish to organise an online discussion or a webinar? Do you dream of creating social media campaign? Now it’s time to make your ideas come to life!

CDN has created the ‘Get Involved With YOUR Ideas’ application, where you can submit your online proposals.

Proposals can include ideas for CDN Working Group activities, team building and training sessions on fundraising, organising, social media and other topics. 

How to make this possible?

Press the ‘Apply Here’ button below and fill out the questionnaire. 

Executive Committee will review your application and notify if your idea is accepted. 

If the answer is positive, CDN will help you to realise your idea and promote the activity within the network.

What is the deadline for submission?

There is no specific deadline. We are accepting applications throughout the year. However, be mindful of the time frame of the ongoing CDN activities.

Do not hesitate to apply. We are excited to receive your proposals and hopefully work together to make your ideas come to life!

APPLY HERE

Open call for Participants: Study Session “Green Cities for Sustainable Planet” 

Cooperation and Development Network Eastern Europe (CDN) is announcing a call for participants for the Study SessionGreen Cities for Sustainable Planet.

The event will take place from 7th to 12th of November 2022 in the European Youth Centre in Budapest, Hungary. The arrival date for the participants is 6th and departure date is 13th.

With this activity we aim to empower 35 young Eastern Europeans in tackling climate change through exploring the intersectionality of globalisation, capitalism and environmental issues – this event will provide a holistic approach towards climate change by focusing on communities, economy, human rights and urbanism and support the participants in developing new attitudes towards climate change, through exploring how governments, businesses and citizens can enable the urban and economic shift to a greener transition. 

This will be done by meeting the following objectives:

  • To deepen participants’ understanding of climate change by exploring the role that cities should play in fighting climate crisis and how latter is connected to urbanization and post-growth economics;
  • To equip participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to practice and advocate for city-level climate, economic and social justice;
  • To provide the participants with the space to create a practical guide on transitioning one’s lifestyle and living environment into a more green and environmentally friendly one. 

You can read more about the project on this page.

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Call for Executive Committee Member

Dear Young Greens from Eastern Europe,

Following the news that Paula “Pablo” Luīze Pastore is joining Secretariat, we are happy to announce a call for a new Executive Committee Member that will fill in the vacant spot and work with the rest of the EC until the next General Assembly.

This is your chance to contribute to the growing Green movement in Eastern Europe.

The Executive Committee tasks:

  • Work on the implementation of CDN’s Activity Plan, approved by the General Assembly (including project writing, coordination, implementation and reporting);
  • The newly elected EC member will be responsible for the Study Session “Green Cities for the Sustainable Planet”; make sure to check out the responsibilities here;
  • Maintaining close and continuous communication with CDN Member and Partner
     Organisations and Network Partners;
  • Actively following and supporting the smooth work-flow of the Working Groups;
  • Representing and promoting CDN during its and partners’ activities as well as in the digital
     space;
  • Answering challenges and making decisions throughout the year, between GAs, based on the CDN Strategy and CDN’s best interest;
  • Actively participating in the regular (biweekly) EC meetings (that usually last around 2h).
  • Keeping track of the well-being of CDN’s Office.

The candidate for the Executive Committee should:

  • Be motivated to advance the Green movement in the Eastern Europe;
  • Be dedicated to the goals of CDN, subscribe to its political platform and the Green Idea;
  • Be comfortable working in an international environment and have good communication and organisational skills;
  • Be willing and available for active online engagement throughout the mandate;
  • Be prepared for frequent traveling, participating in the live EC meetings, CDN activities and likely several other occasions;
  • Be regularly available on the e-mail for the ongoing discussions, work and decision making, together with regular online meetings;
  • Have a good command of English (written and spoken);
  • Have the interest to follow political developments in Eastern Europe and react to them with available tools such as producing statements, organising and supporting campaigns, assisting member and partner organisations, communicating with other Green stakeholders, etc.

More details about the responsibilities of CDN EC members and the election procedure can be found in the CDN Statutes and Internal Rules of Procedures

The candidate should submit:

  • Filled Application form;
  • Candidate’s CV;
  • Photo (Optional);
  • Introduction to your candidacy;
  • Official letter of support from a Candidate’s organisation or any CDN Member or Partner organisation*

*Only CDN Member and Partner organisations can nominate a candidate for the Executive Committee.

Applications should be submitted HERE.

All technical instructions are given on our GA website but you can also access them HERE.

DEADLINE for submitting candidacies is July 13, 23:59 CET. However, the earlier you apply the more chance delegates will have to see your candidacy on cdn.discuss.green.

In case of any questions do not hesitate to write to office@cdnee.org.

Meet the new CDN Project Assistant!

Paula “Pablo” Luize Pastore has always had a passion for progressive and green topics, but they joined the official movement in 2021. 
Now they are a board member of the Latvian youth organization “Protests”. Pablo has been active in CDN as an Executive Committee member from March 2022 till July 2022.

Pablo is interested in intersectional feminism, gender theory, workers’ rights, and anti-racism. In their free time, Pablo enjoys writing, making posters, reading feminist literature, watching old movies, going on long walks, and talking with friends. Within CDN’s gender working group, Pablo created a feminist reading club. 

Pablo is excited to be a part of the CDN office. 

Welcome to the team Pablo!
CDN Executive Committee and Secretariat

Study Session  “Green Cities for Sustainable Planet”

Climate change is the most serious threat to humanity in the 21st century. According to UN Habitat, cities consume 78% of the world’s energy and produce the majority of global greenhouse gas emissions. As urbanisation is expected to accelerate even more, cities will have even bigger impact on the environment and climate. Many of them are also the first to experience number of consequences of the changing climate – rising sea levels, extreme heat, water scarcity and air pollution among others. Interestingly, the entities with the most ambitious climate goals are rarely countries – usually, they are cities. 

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Skills for Massive Youth Activisation, We are the future, but we are here NOW

About the Event

Around 30 young people from Eastern Europe (Latvia, Poland, Balkans, South Caucasus, Ukraine and Belarus) will meet up to discuss the actions that can be taken in the ever-shrinking space for civil society in the Eastern part of our continent. We will look at the EU integration processes, the future of activism and politics and concentrate on 4 different skill-oriented tracks that are becoming more and more useful for the youth in Eastern Europe:

1. Creative Campaigning

2. Debates and public speaking

3. Movement organising

4. Non-Formal Education

The programme will be based on the principles of non-formal education and intercultural learning. We strive for an active and inclusive environment for direct communication and sharing of knowledge. The sessions will be balanced between theoretical inputs, work in small groups, workshops, discussions, training, and other interactive methods of non-formal learning.

 

Programme:

Arrival day

Day 1: Introductions, Team building, takaways from the 1st event, home evaluation groups

Day 2: Introductions to: Non formal education, creative campaigning, public speaking, non verbal communication, local actions planning, intercultural evening

Day 3: Introducions to: live and online events, urban performances, debates, non formal education methodologies, public speaking, free evening 

Day 4: Non formal education in local actions, working wiht trainers, public speaking, teambuilding, presentation, movie night

Day 5: Morning cicle, technicalities of reporting, local actions planning and presentations, evaluation, final party

Departure day

 

Speakers & trainers

  • Nika Tarasevich (she, Belarus/Georgia) teacher of art, expert on artivism and long time practitioner.
  • Luka Gudek (he, Croatia) CDN alumnus, master degree holder of Political science.
  • Hanna Filistovich (she, Belarus/Lithuania) seasoned activist and organiser, experienced with the movement organising in Belarus.
  • Maja Klimentic (she, Bosnia and Herzegovina/Czech Republic) CDN alumnus, she was a member of 10+ preparatory teams, Non-formal eduction expert and gender activist.

 

Practicalities

When: 8-12th May, 09:00-18:00 PM CEST

Time Zone: Eastern European Summer Time (EEST) / Coordinated Universal
Time (UTC) + 3

Language: The main language of this activity will be English. But not being comfortable with interacting in English should not prevent you from applying. GEF & CDN strives to create an inclusive atmosphere at the events, where participants are encouraged to express themselves and ask for clarifications or translations from peers that speak the same language.

 

Additional Reading

Bulgaria’s Greens: From Street Protests to Government

How Green Independents Broke Through in North Macedonia

Extraction and Energy Transition in Serbia

Can Protests Steer Serbia Back Towards Democracy?

The War in Ukraine is Part of the Soviet Empire’s Unravelling

The Unfinished Business of Building Bosnia-Herzegovina

The Romanian Protest Wave: A Path to a New Political Era?

Belarus’s Struggle for Democracy

This event is organised by the Green European Foundation with the support of CDNEE and with the financial support of the European Parliament to the Green European Foundation and supported by the European Youth Foundation of Council of Europe. The European Parliament is not responsible for the content of this event.

Call for Project Assistant

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Cooperation and Development Network Eastern Europe (CDN) is announcing a call for the position of Project Assistant in its office in Belgrade, Serbia. This is a paid, full time (40 hours a week) position, beginning from mid-July 2022 (starting date is flexible). The deadline to submit applications is the 31st of May 2022 (23:59 CEST).

Working time: 40 hours/week;
Remuneration: 800 EUR gross;
Contract type: 2 years (minimum) with 3 months probation period;

Location: Belgrade, Serbia.

Our Political Platform lays out the values on which the Network bases its actions. Make sure to get acquainted with it before applying!

We are looking for someone with the following profile:

  • Basic experience in administrative or financial work;

  • Ability to work independently and good organisation of one’s work;

  • Attention to details, good ability to work with numbers and performing administrative tasks;

  • Strong spreadsheet skills;

  • Good computer skills and ability to use various softwares;

  • Fluency in the English language.

Skills that would be an additional asset:

  • Curiosity towards Eastern European civil society;

  • Knowledge of the Green movement and Green politics;

  • Experience in managing finances of a non-governmental organisation;

  • Knowledge of any Eastern European language;

  • Use of (open-source) software (Linux, WordPress, Nextcloud, etc.);

  • Knowledge of design programs (Canva, Gimp etc.);

  • Knowledge of use of social media and communications ( Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Mailchimp, etc.)

Responsibilities:

  • Financial management:

  • Making bank transfers;

  • Bookkeeping for the projects;

  • Reimbursements of the participants and prepteams;

  • Collecting financial documentation from events;

  • Processing and archiving the financial documentation;

  • Financial reporting to funders;

  • Work with the Local Prepteams;

  • Social media management;

  • Updating website;

  • Managing mailing lists;

  • Managing the EYF Local Actions;

  • Occasional diverse ad hock tasks.

Please apply by sending your CV and short cover letter (explaining your experience and interest in this position) in one PDF document to project.coordinator@cdnee.org by 31st of May 2022 (23:59 CEST) with the subject “CDN Project Assistant application”. Please add the above-mentioned e-mail to your contact list, to ensure that our reply doesn’t end up in spam. All candidates who submit an application will be notified about the selection result. Shortlisted candidates will be notified by the second half of June and contacted for an interview.

 
 
 

The Future of Eastern Europe Conference

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30 years ago a major shift has happened in global politics and Eastern Europe – states dissolved and collapsed and new ones have been established, the system has been changed. During this period there was a promise that after a long struggle we would achieve democracy and well-being.

 

But as we look back from today it is clear that this has not happened and if it did it was not sustainable.

 

These last decades have been full of hope and misery, protests and revolutions, conflicts and wars, economic uphills and downfalls, democratisation and backsliding.

 

This story has not ended, it is developing and continuing, there are more challenges and opportunities ahead. And all of us, Young Greens and activists in Eastern Europe, are part of this.

 

Therefore we in CDN decided to organise a conference where we would discuss all these issues we are facing.

 

How did we end up where we are now? What is the role of global powers such as the EU, Russia and China in our region? Should we be hopeful for the future as we see emerging environmental movements and progressive political actors? Can we achieve climate prosperity and what challenges do we have regards energy and transition?

These will be questions that we will ask during the conference and try to find answers to through panel discussions with invited speakers, informal talks and sharing our perspectives.
 
 
With this conference, we are aiming to provide a space for Young Greens from EE to discuss what is the common vision for building an authentic Green movement in EE and what is our role in it. We want to explore existing good potentials a have the space to meet with other progressive political actors from the region.
 
 
The Conference is a part of the transnational project “Future of Eastern Europe and (Eco)democracy that we are organising in cooperation with the Green European Foundation, Green Institute of Greece, Sustainable Development Forum Green Window, Green Green Thought Association and Ecopilis Foundation.
 

Although the Conference was planned to happen prior to the CDN General Assembly in March 2022, taking everything into consideration minding everyone’s concerns and safety, the Executive Committee (EC) has accessed the ongoing situation and has come to a conclusion in agreement with GEF partners for the Conference to be postponed.

Having this in mind, The Future of Eastern Europe Conference will be taking place in Riga, Latvia on 6-7th June 2022.

Location: Rija VEF Hotel, Brīvības 199c, Riga, Latvija, LV-1039 

Practicalities:

Language: The main language of this activity will be English. But not being comfortable with interacting in English should not prevent you from applying. CDN strives to create an inclusive atmosphere at the events, where participants are encouraged to express themselves and ask for clarifications or translations from peers that speak the same language.

Costs: Anyone is welcome to take part in the conference with their own expenses. There is no participation fee.

In addition, CDN can cover the participation of a limited number of applications of young greens and activists from Eastern Europe (with a maximum age of 30). Meaning the cost of travel, and lodging (accommodation in multi-bed rooms, vegetarian/vegan food and refreshments).

In any case, take into consideration choosing the most economic and environmentally friendly means of travel (lowest price + travel time + CO2 emissions) and in case the trip would take less than 15 hours only travelling by land (train+bus) is reimbursed (IRPs §9.1).

Deadline: 20th of May (if applying for CDN to cover your participation.)

You will be informed by e-mail approximately 1 week after the deadline. Please add office@cdnee.org to your contacts, so that you do not receive our reply in the spam folder.

In case of having any questions, do not hesitate to write us at office@cdnee.org

 

Programme

Time Zone: Eastern European Summer Time (EEST) / Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) + 3

Day 1, Monday, June 6

10:00-10:15 Opening of the conference
 
10:15-11:30 Eastern Europe as a region – a story of turbulent transformation (Live Stream)
 

Speakers: 

– Sonja Schiffers, Director of Heinrich-Boell Foundation, South Caucasus Office

– Anastasiya Dorofeeva, Belarusian Green party, Belarusian anti-nuclear campaign, hub “Green foundations”

 
Description: For more than thirty years Eastern Europe is a region of independent nation-states. During this period there was the promise that after a long struggle democracy and well-being would be achieved. Looking at it today, it is clear that most Eastern European countries are far from democracy and the well-being of citizens.
In this session, we will try to analyse and reflect on the last decades of Eastern Europe, mainly focusing to find the roots of current problems and possible solutions by looking back at the recent history – what shaped the region, how the democratisation and transition took place.
 
 
12:00-13:30 Influence of Global Powers: Eastern Europe at the crossroads between democracy and autocracy (Live Stream)
 
Speakers:

– Anton Cherepenko, the Free Hong Kong Center in Kyiv

– Zarina Burkadze  Associate Professor of Political Science, Ilia State University

– Raluca Besliu, contributor of Green European Journal focusing on Eastern European affairs

– Teo Comet, European Greens

Description: Discussing political dynamics and transformation of Eastern Europe cannot take place without paying attention to global powers and their involvement in the region. 
With this session we aim to map global powers: EU – China, Russia and US – and their interests; What role do they play in supporting democracy and progressive agenda or the opposite – encouraging and financing anti-democratic, right-wing and authoritarian forces. 
 
15:30-17:00 War in Ukraine: Context, Present and the Effect on the region (Live Stream)
 
Description: Russian aggression against Ukraine is continuing. Every day we are witnessing atrocities, war crimes and violations of international law from the Russian side, at the same time Ukraine is bravely defending its people, sovereignty, democracy and even Europe as a whole.
In this session, we will take a look at a few different aspects of the conflict: the context of the war, the historical roots of Russian aggression, the current events, as well as what greens should do to help Ukraine, and how the ongoing war affects countries in the region.
 
 
17:30-19:00 Energy – a veto point and/or a chance for democracy? (Live Stream)
 
Speakers:

Manana Kochladze, Bankwatch Strategic Area Leader – Democratization and Human Rights

Yevheniia Zasiadko, Head of climate and transport department at Ecoaction – Centre for Environmental Initiatives
 

Workshop: 

Sandy-Kyriaki Fameliari, ElectaEnergy Cooperative
 
Description: The energy we choose reflects the systems we support. In this session, we will discuss energy as the core factor for sustaining authoritarian regimes and the way the energy sector influences political dynamics. As well as we are going to focus on the possibility of democratisation through energy – decentralisation, renewables and the prospect of energy cooperatives in Eastern Europe. 
 

Day 2, Tuesday, June 7th

10:00-11:30 Eco-Democracy as a new paradigm for Eastern Europe
 
Facilitators:
– Annie Maniadi and Dimitris Papageorgiou, Green Institute of Greece
 
Description: The Workshop aims to add a philosophical, ethical and institutional dimension to the conversations on the Future of Eastern Europe happening at the Conference. It hopes to bring together the different voices and ideas from the wealth of participants and facilitate a meaningful discussion on how to put Ecology at the Centre of Democracy.

How can we make democracy more ecological? What kind of changes do we need to apply to our thinking about participation, institutions and decision-making to put ecology and the environment at the forefront of our political systems?

These are some of the questions that we’ll be asking and trying to answer at our Ecodemocracy Workshop!                                         
 
 
12:00-13:30  Conflicts in Eastern Europe: the theory and beyond
 
DescriptionThe session aims to provide participants with the basis of conflict theory and conflict resolution and analyze the conflicts in EE through case studies.  The session encompasses theoretical and practical parts that will be conducted through non-formal education methods. The objectives of the session are 1)to understand the concept of conflict (origin, causes, consequences), 2) to discuss the mechanisms of handling conflict, particularly, conflict resolution, and 3) to explore the conflicts that happened in EE in recent years, their consequences and current state.
 
 
15:30-17:00 Open Mic
 
 
17:30-19:30 Movements into politics: Green Wave in Eastern Europe (Live Stream)
 
Speakers:

– Justine Pantelejeva, Progresīvie, Latvia

– Sopo Shubitidze, Mtsvaneebi, Georgia 

Predrag Momčilović, Ne davimo Beograd, Serbia

Stefan Vukmanovic, Ura Montenegro

Koray Doğan Urbarlı, Green Party Turkey 

 

Description: For the last decades, if you checked the electoral map of Europe intending to see how Green parties have been performing, you would see a clear pattern: Greens in the west and north do well – they get elected in national and regional parliaments, city councils, win mayorships and even participate in governing coalitions; while in the east – you would see a grey colour representing either absence of Green parties from the political landscape or lack of support and therefore relevance. However, in recent years the pattern is dissolving and becoming a blur, the Green wave spreading to the East.

During the panel, we will discuss the ongoing Green wave with newly established Green political parties across Eastern Europe with the aim to analyse current success, find the patterns and similarities, understand the importance of grassroots movements and civil society, map challenges, envision the future and their influence on the political landscape.

This event is organised by the Green European Foundation with the support of CDNEE and with the financial support of the European Parliament to the Green European Foundation. The European Parliament is not responsible for the content of this event.

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Call for trainers “Skills for massive youth activisation”

CDN is opening the call for trainers for the 2nd phase of this year’s Annual Work Plan, Skills for massive youth activisation, which is a 5-day international training course that is going to take place in Riga, Latvia between the 8th and 12th of June 2022.

Working time: Session length – 1,5 hours; online work before the event (~10 hours per session).

Remuneration: EUR 150 per session

We are looking for someone with the following profile: 

  1. Comprehensive understanding and respect of Green values;

  2. Excellent written and spoken English;

  3. Excellent organisational skills;

  4. Efficient communication skills (in online and offline settings);

  5. Experience in non-formal education and moderation;

  6. Ability to take initiative and work in an international environment;

  7. Experience in activism is an asset;

  8. Preferably younger than 30 years of age and not older than 35 at the moment of applying.

We are looking for trainers for the following sessions:

1. Creative campaigning module:

1.1 Developing art campaign (3 sessions)

In these sessions, we expect the trainer to shortly walk the participants through the process of developing an art campaign and than mentor them through making an imaginary art campaign that is related to activism. We want the trainer to help the participants think outside the box and provide support if they get stuck. We also want the sessions to be as interactive as possible. The participants will already be introduced to some basic creative campaigning concepts and will have had sessions on visual and audiovisual creative campaigning and urban intervention examples. We need an experienced trainer to help them with practical advice on what steps need to be taken to successfully develop an art campaign and to mentor them through the common challenges.

2. Debates and public speaking module:

2.1 Debating (1 session) 

For this session, the trainer is expected to introduce the participants to the basics of debating and public speaking. The trainer should help the participants to take their debating skills to the next level, by focusing on both the content and structure of high-quality debates.
 The trainer should have experience with both debating and non-formal education.

2.2. Developing speeches and polishing (3 sessions)

In these sessions, we expect the trainer to work with the participants and do the practical exercises developing their speeches for the Local Actions. Participants should learn about how to adapt to different audiences, how to involve the audience and how to match non-verbal and verbal communication in order to deliver the message successfully. The trainer should have experience in empowering young people and enabling them to make their voices heard through captivating speeches with both meaningful content and rhetorical effects.

3. Movement organising skills

3.1 Recruiting new members in the movements/organisations (1 session)

For this very important and complex topic for all activists and organisations, we would like to attract a trainer with practical experience. In this session, we expect the trainer to cover the following topics:

– Tools to recruit new members;

– How to communicate with new members and how to involve them in current actions;

– How to motivate them;

– The practical task for the participants on this topic.

3.2 External communications – positioning of the movement (1 session)

– Definition

– Types of external communication

– Goals and strategies

– Benefits (with specific examples)

– Practical part – working with participants on press releases, positioning on the social media, networking in the name of their organisation with the partners and so on.

4. NFE methodologies

4.1 NFE methodologies in-depth and Developing the NFE elements of LAs (2 sessions)

In this session, we expect the trainer first to deliver a presentation on out of the box methodologies for NFE events. Participants will be already familiar with the methodologies such as fish bowls, role plays, world cafe, etc. We would like to hire a trainer with experience in NFE methodologies that are most useful for involving the apolitical youth in the life of society. This training aims to equip the young people implementing the local actions with NFE skills that they will use in their LA, aiming to mobilise youth for participation in the political life of the society.

You can see the updated agenda of the event with dates HERE.

Practicalities

Accommodation, food, working space, travel and visa costs for the preparatory team will be fully covered. For the selection of travel means the condition is to combine the most economic and environmentally friendly way (lowest price + travel time + CO2 emissions).

We encourage Eastern Europeans, Women, queer people and people from other marginalised groups to apply. Payment for the service will be done in cash for trainers that do not have an EU bank account and via bank transfer to those that have it within 2 weeks’ time after the end of the event.

The interested candidates are invited to send their CV, short (0,5-page bio/presentation of their experience and skills and filled out session outline to project.coordinator@cdnee.org by 23rd of May 23:59 CET. 

The selected trainers will be contacted within a week after the Deadline and invited for a call with the members of the preparatory team of the event to continue working on the session together. Please add project.coordinator@cdnee.org to your contacts, so that you do not receive our reply in the spam folder.