Call for Office Assistant

Cooperation and Development Network Eastern Europe (CDN) is announcing a call for the position of Office Assistant in its office in Belgrade, Serbia. This is a paid, full time (40 hours a week) position, beginning from mid-April (starting date is flexible). The deadline to submit applications is 11th March 2021 (23:59 CET).

Working time: 40 hours/week;
Remuneration: 750 EUR gross;
Contract type: 8 months with 3 months probation period (with high possibility for renewal)

Location: Belgrade, Serbia

What is CDN?

CDN is a network of Green youth organizations from Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus. Currently CDN consists of 16 Member and 7 Partner Organisations as well as 5 working groups. The Network supports the development, cooperation and exchange of knowledge and skills between young people and their organisations and aims at enlarging the field of political work for Greens in Europe. CDN organises educational and capacity-building activities such as seminars, conferences and regional meetings and uses non-formal education to advance youth participation.
CDN stands for gender equality, equal participation, diversity, inclusion, respect for minorities, environmental and climate justice, direct democracy and non-violence. Our Political Platform lays out the values which the Network bases its actions on.

Role description

The The OFFICE ASSISTANT will be responsible for assisting  in the financial management of CDN’s projects and daily administration. The office assistant will be working closely with Network coordinator (NC) and and will be reporting directly to NC. The job will involve working with invoices, numbers, spreadsheets, reimbursement forms. Depending on workload in Secretariat and interests of the Office  Assistant, ocassionally other ad-hoc tasks might be added to this list.

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 on numbers and performing administrative tasks;
  • Strong spreadsheet skills;
  • Good computer skills and ability to use various softwares;
  • Fluency in English language.

Skills that would be additional asset:

  • Curiosity in Eastern European civil society;
  • Knowledge of 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, Libre-office, Moodle etc.);
  • Knowledge of design programs (Canva, Photoshop etc.);
  • Knowledge of use of social media and communications ( Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Mailchimp, etc.)

Responsibilities:

  • Assisting CDN Secretariat in its daily management and implementation of CDN activity plan;
  • Preparing project financial documentation in cooperation with the Network Coordinator;
  • Collecting and archiving financial documents (bills, invoices, receipts);
  • Preparing invoices for third parties;
  • Preparing bank transfers;
  • Tracking all project expenses in financial spreadsheets;
  • Working on CDN’s bookkeeping together with Network Coordinator;
  • Assisting Network Coordinator with various financial and administrative tasks (reimbursements, reporting, etc);
  • Assisting the Network Coordinator in diversifying the financial resources (administrative grant);
  • Assisting the Secretariat in internal and external communication, creating webpages and online forms, use of social media tools, design of monthly newsletters.

Please apply by sending your CV and short cover letter (explaining your experience and interest in this position) in one PDF document to office@cdnee.org by 11th March 2021, Thursday (23:59 CET) with the subject “CDN Office Assistant application”. All candidates who submit an application will be notified on the result. Shortlisted candidates will be notified by the second half of March and contacted for an interview.

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Open Call for Prep-team: Online Course “Cities for All – Why?”

Cooperation and Development Network Eastern Europe and Gender and Alternative Urbanisation Working Groups are announcing a call for Prep-Team members for the international Online Course “Cities for All – Why?”. The OC will take place between 1st and 31st of May in Online – on Green European Foundation learning platform and Zoom.

The project is the first phase of our 2021 Annual Work Plan Cities for All – inclusive Urban planning and decision making in the Eastern European cities and is going to focus on aiming to understand how patriarchy shapes our cities, urban infrastructure and lives of urban youth.

Objectives of the OC are:

  1. To provide the participants with the theoretical knowledge on how the cities are affecting the lives of young people of different genders and sexualities.
  2. To create an inter-cultural safe space for young women and LGBT+ people to share their struggles and stimulate the discussion on the values, principles and the directions about the future of inclusive cities.
  3. Empower the participants with the tools and analytical skills for identifying the local challenges of their communities in regards of inclusive city planning.
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Work Plan “Cities for all – inclusive Urban planning and decision making in the Eastern European cities”

Project background

Urbanism and Gender are strongly related topics and should be looked at together. In many Eastern European countries, bad city planning is failing young women and LGBT+ youth. Basic safety is a top concern for women and queer people in public spaces, public toilets are often insecure for us , the streets around suburban areas do not have enough street lightning, side walks are very narrow or do not exist at all. This causes discomfort for the pedestrians and often is not safe, the number of properly functioning public toilets are very low and are strictly divided into 2, which is another concern for gender queer people. All these put young women and queer individuals under big risk of facing different types of violence, including sexual. As a result, young LGBT+ individuals and women feel insecure to leave their houses when it gets dark. Additionally, women and queer people even in the city center can be followed and face verbal abuse. Around suburban areas of the city such cases are even more extreme – in some countries, women who are seen in public in late hours can be stigmatised. All the above mentioned issues are closely tied with the class, religious and ethnic background, education and other social aspects.

This is why CDN and its Alternative Urbanisation and Gender Working Groups are organising a Work Plan that aims to empower the young activists from the Eastern Europe to reach out and influence the local authorities through advocacy for improving urban infrastructure for all.

We will do this by reaching these objectives:

  1. First, train young activists from the Eastern Europe to understand how patriarchy shapes urban infrastructure and cities through equipping them with the tools and skills to explore the connection between our habitat and Gender. 
  2. Second, to develop skills of campaigning and advocacy among young activists to shape more inclusive, LGBT+ friendly and safe cities for everyone. 
  3. Third, to enable participants with an opportunity to practice their skills and share the gained knowledge further on the local level through communicating with authorities and expressing their demands regarding public spaces and inclusive infrastructure. 
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Family rights in Latvia under attack

On January 7, 2021, the far- right National Alliance submitted a draft law in order to amend the Article 110 of the Latvian Constitution, which would narrow the definition of family to only a union of a man and a woman. 

We strongly condemn this draft law, which is a clear attempt to restrict family rights and consciously take away family rights from any other family forms, including single parents and same-sex couples. 

This reactionary draft law has the single aim of taking away family rights from families that were until now protected by the constitution. 

It’s obvious that this draft law is connected to lawmakers’ unwillingness to act according to a recent Constitutional court decision. 

NA’s offer would not solve the problem, as it is impossible to overrule the constitutional court’s decision. However, it could serve as a reason for several legal proceedings against Latvia as a state, including a case at the European Court of Human Rights. 

It is truly concerning that a party that is a part of the ruling coalition in an EU member state is ready to amend the constitution as a way to circumvent duties imposed by the current constitution. 

We see this as an attack on one of the oldest constitutions in Europe, as well as on the rule of law. 

The proposed amendments would only worsen the current situation for LGBTQIA+ rights in Latvia, which is already the second- worst in the EU. 

Furthermore, this amendment would go against one of the main points in the Latvian Constitution- legal equality and the exercise of human rights without discrimination. 

It must be noted that the current constitutional definition of marriage as a union between a man and a woman is quite recent- Article 110 was amended in 2006 as a result of a homophobic campaign by a ruling, oligarch-sponsored party, shockingly similar to events currently ongoing in Poland.

During the pandemic, lawmakers should act in solidarity with society and families by providing them with the necessary economic and social support and the necessary means to facilitate the well-being of both children and adults in a time where socio-economic gaps are increasing. 

However, National Alliance is attempting to do the exact opposite by showing their disregard for democracy and the rule of law. No family will benefit from hate directed at other families. All families, both “traditional”, but especially socially vulnerable families, same-sex families and single-parent families need real support in this time, not populistic hate slogans. 

We stand in solidarity with all families in Latvia and ask the Saeima to vote against National Alliance’s proposal and instead comply with the Constitutional court’s decision and provide legal protection and support for all families. 

Protests/ Latvia

AYG organise General Assembly and a Climate protest

Tirana / Albania

14.11.2020

Albanian Young Greens organized a series of activities on 14th November with the following theme: “Climate is changing, our future is being destroyed”.

“For us as young people, the problem of climate change must be resolved as soon as possible as it seriously threatens our lives and the future. This is our task, our challenge, for which time is calling us. Although we are living in an unusual situation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we can think ahead to tackle the climate crisis, making the right choices to move on the right path towards progress and green policy development.


The AYG Assembly was held in the spirit of a greater commitment of young people to the challenge of climate change. During the Assembly a variety of sessions took place, filled with constructive debates about environmental, social, green policies, schooling and youth employment.


The involvement of young people in politics was stressed out, the leadership of the organization and the space they should have in the leading and decision-making structures of the Green Party.
The presence of young people from all branches of the Youth Forum, local councilors, as well as representatives of the Albanian Greens, created a vivid space for fruitful debate by sharing experiences with young people and exchanging ideas for strengthening and development of the green youth movement in Albania.


The General Assembly adopted a number of important political documents and resolutions.
“Let us all act together now to protect the environment and the climate”: this resolution calls for the massive action of the climate movement as a necessity to raise awareness of decision-makers to act quickly.
The General Assembly also elected new leadership. The two co-chair persons are Mrs. Ambra Durro and Mr. Brahim Demi.
Mr. Brahim Demi is our councilor in the local parliament. He also represents the green voice in the municipal council of the city of Lezha.

The green weekend was finalised with the Climate protest organized by members of the AYG.

The message of this protest was as following: The movement known as “Fridays for Future” must be spread across the country as a call for urgent action against climate change”.

Outsmarting the paradigm [UPDATED]

Project background and summary

The role of youth in cities has been one of CDN’s areas of work for several years now. The Network has previously organized several projects, including the Annual Work Plan “Urban Steps for Resilient Future” and a Summer School “Youth and the City: Young People for Fair and Green Cities”. Building on this work CDN is organising a series of different online activities as a part of the GEF transnational project “A Charter for the Smart City II”. 

Young people are digital natives. We embrace technologies earlier than older generations. For a couple of years now, there are lot of talks about Smart Cities, but the solutions suggested are often not very smart or sustainable. What the large corporations and governments are presenting as a “Smart City”, in reality has many elements of a technocratic dystopia, the proposed solutions are called “smart” but in reality, they are just technology oriented projects for those that can afford it. However, technology doesn’t necessarily have to have negative implications on the city. It can be used for good if directed at improving everybody’s life in the cities. We would like to explore how our cities could move towards use of digitisation to benefit us without turning the city into a place of surveillance, exploitation and exclusion.

Activities, that due to Covid-19 pandemic had to move online will include:

  1. Podcast ‘Introduction to Digital city’, available on this link
    The podcast is a result of brainstorming done by the Prepteam of the planned event “Outsmarting the paradigm”. How can we digitise a case study? Listen to the stories of two citizens and let us know the answers to the questions in the last section in the comments.
  2. Webinar ‘Inclusion and Citizens’ Rights’ 28.10.2020 at 18:00 CEST
    Our team members will make a small introduction on the topic and then the registered participants will be divided into smaller groups for a workshop. Together we can brainstorm together how to make our digital cities inclusive. The team then will sum it all up for the publication.
    [REGISTER HERE]
  3. Webinar ‘Citizen Scoring’
    Many groups of people are not aware of citizen scoring. However, some councils all over Europe are now using services to apply algorithms to public data in order to segment and “score” citizens and population groups according to their social group or “risk profile”. We will talk about citizen data scoring and what should be taken in consideration when building up a truly smart city. Webinar will be streamed on Youtube and Facebook of CDN.
  4. Manifesto
    Development process will kick off for the participants of the event, the MOs and POs and WGs of CDN. The document will be polished and again discussed at CDN GA 2021.

Aim: To explore how technologies change us and our cities and rethink the concept of smart cities from a green perspective.

Objectives:

  • Train young people in critical assessment of technology in cities and re-evaluate its role in the urban environment;
  • Assess the Charter for the Smart Cities through the Central and Eastern European lens; 
  • Create a platform for exchange of best practices for young people interested in exploring the connection between Urbanism and/or Technology;
  • Create a set of outputs relevant and useful for the young people in the Central and Eastern Europe tackling the connection between the Cities and Technology.
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Young Greens ask for immediate ceasefire in Nagorno Karabakh!

Young Greens from Azerbaijan and Armenia ask for immediate ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh.

The most recent outbreak of fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan has seen more than 100 confirmed deaths and more wounded. Military forces of both countries are in conflict over the Nagorno-Karabakh region and surrounding regions. As a result, more people become displaced, either as refugees or internally displaced persons (IDPs). It is these people, and every citizen, the international community must protect.

As Young Greens, we join the Peace Statement.

“The main victim of this war is not objective truth. Rather it destroys the lives of real people, real children. It is becoming a losing battle for the entire South Caucasus region. Defending peace is not a neutral position. We reject the militarist positions conditioned by narratives of war and instead seek pathways to build peace.”

We ask the governments of Armenia and Azerbaijan to:

  • Understand that sustainable peace can never be reached through violence,
  • Realize the negative consequences of conflict and war on those people who are longing for safety, security and peace,
  • Prioritize the needs of different marginalized groups, including displaced people – women and children
  • Pursue a common agenda for peace with respect of human rights.

We ask the government of Turkey to:

  • Abandon hostile rhetoric that adversely affects Armenians living in Turkey,
  • Stop escalating the conflict and glorifying the war for inner political gains
  • Not provide military support to Azerbaijan.

We ask the government of Georgia to: 

  • Stay utterly neutral in the conflict;
  • Not allow transit of the military equipment through Georgia to either Armenia or Azerbaijan.

We ask the government of Russia to:

  • Stay utterly neutral in the conflict
  • Not provide military support to Armenia.

We ask the European Union to:

  • Closely monitor the situation and condemn any act of violence against peaceful citizens, destructions of villages and towns 
  • Suggest peacebuilding tools for post-conflict processes (applied to macro-level distinction, predominantly) to Armenia and Azerbaijan,
  • Allocate more financial resources on inclusive, participatory peace advocacy in Armenia and Azerbaijan.
  • Prepare a realistic plan for the peace process, persuade both parties to employ the proposed plan and closely monitor the implementation of the plan.
  • Reiterate the decision of European Court of Human Rights on 06 October 2020, asking all States directly or indirectly involved in the conflict, including Turkey, to refrain from actions that contribute to breaches of the European Convention on Human Rights, and to respect their obligations under the Convention.

Cooperation and Development Network Eastern Europe

Federation of Young Europeans Greens

Global Young Greens

Call for Executive Committee Member

Following the news that Elena Petrovska is joining Secretariat, we are happy to announce a call for a new Executive Committee Member (EC) that will fill in the vacant spot and work with the rest of the EC until the next General Assembly (planned to take place in March 2021)!

Being a member of the Executive Committee is a demanding and time consuming role, but it is also very rewarding and brings experience in working in a multicultural environment, possibility to contribute to CDN’s future development and meet young Greens and other Green stakeholders across the Europe.

The Executive Committee tasks: 

  • Work on the implementation of CDN’s activity plan, approved by General Assembly (including project writing, coordination, implementation and reporting);
  • Constantly communicating and updating (as well as getting updates) from Member and Partner Organisations and Network Partners; 
  • Actively being involved and ensuring 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 on challenges and making decisions till the next GA, based on the CDN Strategy, Statement and CDN best interest;
  • Actively participating in the regular (biweekly) EC meetings (that usually last 2-3h);
  • Work on creating a new Strategy document (2022-2024) of CDN.

The candidate for the Executive Committee should be: 

  • Motivated to work in an international environment;
  • Dedicated to the goals of CDN and the Green Idea; 
  • Willing and available for traveling to CDN’s and partner’s activities in case epidemiological situation allows it;
  • Daily available on the e-mail for the ongoing discussions, work and decision making, together with regular (almost weekly) online conferences, meetings with the MOs and POs, WGs and CDN online events;
  • Flexible in working and implementing online as well as live activities.

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

Since English is the official language we use in our work, all the candidates should have good command of English (written and spoken).

The candidacy should consist of: 

DEADLINE for sending applications to office@cdnee.org is September 27th, 23:59.

The vote by Member Organizations will take place on Balotilo platform in the beginning of October, upon the presentation of the candidates that will be scheduled to take place on Zoom platform on the 4th of October at 17h CET and where registered delegates of MOs will be able to ask questions to the candidates. After this, the MOs will have 1 week to cast the votes. Elected person will be co-opted to the EC immediately after the elections.

EC Candidate

Ivanna Madiar Application CV Support letter

Meet the CDN Project Assistant

As CDN office is getting bigger, we are happy to announce that the Secretariat will be joined by Elena Petrovska in the Project Assistant position.

Elena’s first encounter with the Green Youth movement dates back to 2017, when she first joined Serbian Green Youth. Afterwards, she’s been active as a Board member of SGY from 2018, and a member of its Secretariat from 2020. In march 2020, she joined the Executive Committee of CDN. Through these years, Elena’s interests and understanding of Green topics were growing, and she remains determined to fight climate and social injustices.

Welcome to the team Elena and we wish you a joyful Green ride with CDN!!!

CDN Executive Committee and Secretariat

Standing in solidarity with the people of Belarus

Last Sunday marked the fourth consecutive weekend of demonstrations in Belarus. Protests against Lukashenko’s rule have continued across Belarus since the 9th August, the date when presidential election took place. The election’s result was widely regarded as rigged, and rejected by the EU and US as neither free, nor fair. For the past three Sundays, the center of Minsk has been crammed with crowds of 100,000 to 200,000 protesters. Protests also took place in major cities throughout Belarus. These protests have been met with brutal police violence, political persecution of opposition figures and thousands of detention of free protesters. 

Pre-election

While the election date was approaching, opposition leaders and candidates were subjected to massive crackdown from Lukashenko’s rule. Given the political oppression, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya (main opposition candidate) entered the race following the arrest of her husband, who was blocked from registering as a candidate. The image of three independent women (Sviatlana and Veronika Tsepkalo, Maria Kolesnikova) brought hope to the Belarusian people for the August 9th elections.

Protest bringing all the communities together

Marches and demonstrations by women have become a frequent feature of the protests in Belarus. For the first time, supporters of LGBTQ+ rights appeared with rainbow flags in the women’s march in Minsk on Saturday.

Detentions and casualties

The interior ministry confirmed on Monday (7th September) that at least 633 arrests had been made across the republic. It said some 363 people had been sent to detention centers pending court hearings. Belarus police haven’t spared even the students. They marked the start of the academic year with protests against leader Lukashenko. Massive protests have recorded at least four casualties and hundreds injured as the government tries to halt the protests. 

Political persecution of opposition leaders

Belarusian authorities have recently targeted the opposition National Co-ordination Council, which was set up by opposition leader Tikhanovskaya to handle the transfer of power and includes figures from across society.  Government authorities have launched a criminal case against opposition leaders, saying the “creation and activity of the Co-ordination Council are aimed at the seizure of state power, and at harming national security”.
Another female activist, Olga Kovalkova, announced on previous week she had fled to Poland amid threats of imprisonment. She said that authorities had told her she would face further arrests if she did not leave the country.
Maria Kolesnikova is the last one left in Belarus of three female politicians who joined forces before the August 9th  election to challenge the  Alexander Lukashenko’s regime.
Kolesnikova was detained by masked men right after announcing that she was forming a new political party.  During last Sunday’s rally, she tried to enter the presidential palace to talk to the Belarusian leader but was told he would not negotiate with the opposition. An eyewitness reported to Belarus media that she saw masked men take Kolesnikova’s mobile phone and pushed her into a minibus on Monday (7th September) morning. Later on media reported that Kolesnikova was transported to the Ukrainian border and threatened that if she didnt leave the country, she would face imprisonment. She prevented the expelling by tearing up her passport. Together with her lawyer, Koleksnikova is opening a criminal case against KGB and Belarusian Security Forces. 

Internet shutdown and attack on media

The IT sector has been repeatedly undermined with the internet shutdowns, as a disruption form against the protesters. Additionally to these, the authorities in Belarus have revoked the accreditation for several journalists working for foreign media. Cases of deported were also recorded. 

EU stance 

EU leaders do not recognize the results of the election and have agreed to impose sanctions on Belarus authorities accountable for the violence against protesters. The Baltic nations of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia have blacklisted Lukashenko and 29 high-ranking officials in his administration. 

The strong reaction of “a strong” leader 

 The Belarus leader has denied accusations by the opposition and Western countries that the vote was rigged.  Lukashenko has accused Western nations of interfering,  in particular Poland and Lithuania, of trying to impose regime change. On at least two occasions he has been photographed near his residence in Minsk carrying a gun and being surrounded by his heavily armed security personnel.

Join our solidarity campaign:

What you can do: 

* take a picture holding a banner where it is written #FreeBelarus

* once you take the picture, publish it on social media. Make sure you tag CDN in the post (IG: @cdnee/ FB: @CDNEE)  

* Alongside with the picture, you can write a short solidarity statement.   

We will make sure we share and disseminate all these posts in CDN’s social media! Let’s show to the people in Belarus that they are not alone in their fight against police brutality and for free elections!