Call for Participants for the online course  “Art for the Young, the Queer, the Feminists of Eastern Europe” [UPDATED]

Cooperation and Development Network Eastern Europe and it’s Gender Working Group are announcing a call Participants for the online course  “Art for the Young, the Queer, the Feminists of Eastern Europe”. 

The ongoing situation with COVID-19 pandemic is a challenge for activists around the world. Staying safe and taking care of regulations for prevention of further spread of the virus was and stays crucial. That being said, international activities of the Work Plan 2020 – “Art as a shelter: A room of our own” and  “The Good, the Bad, the Queer” are now moving to the online space.

The online course will be taking place on online learning platform of the Green European Foundation from September to October 2020. 

The course attendance is a precondition for applying for Local Actions subgrant funding. More about the Local Actions HERE.

Online course “Art for the Young, the Queer, the Feminists of Eastern Europe”  will aim to empower young people of various Genders and sexualities for broadening safe space and reclaiming private and political space through non-formal education and art. 

By providing the platform to discuss the shared experiences and counteracting strategies, we would like to contribute to the creation of inclusive and sensitive political environment by understanding power dynamics in patriarchal society and by empowering young women, LGBT+ youth, transgender, non-binary, agender, gender queer and intersex people and broaden safe space and claim more private and political space through art.

In order to do this through online course, we would like to:

  • Create online safe space for young activists of various genders and sexualities to share their experience and struggle;
  • Identify Women’s and queer community’s contemporary needs, expectations and challenges and exchange the good practices;
  • Build capacities of young people to challenge power relations and provide creative tools to stand up in their political struggle;
  • Empower young activists to stand up against prejudice, discrimination and violence;
  • Inspire young people for influencing gender sensitive politics through art.

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

The course will be divided in 3 modules, in which participants will cover topics of Feminism, LGBT+ rights, learn about activism and political art, as well as basics of project management, advocacy and project writing that will serve as starting point for implementation of Local Actions. The course will be open for

–  young people of different Gender identities (except cis-gender male)

–  young people of different sexualities (except heterosexual).

Each of modules will concentrate on the examples and practices of the struggle of the given group of people, we will analyse the regional context, art, activism and political change examples and learn about the inspiring individuals. Then the participants will share personal experiences, support and solidarity and establish close co-operation on the local level.

Who should apply?

We are looking for young (till 30) women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, transgender, genderqueer, intersex, non-binary and agender people from Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Kosovo*, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine interested in looking for different usage for forms of art in confronting and questioning the existing power relations in the society that stress the importance of art, inclusivity and human rights, would like to contribute to the discussions with the local perspective and are willing to reproduce the gained knowledge on the local level. Participants who have experience in artivism, activism, gender and politics or have high motivation to learn about the topic are highly encouraged to apply. People with less experience on the topic are welcome to apply and get to know more about these topics.

Practicalities: 

Language: The main language of the course will be English.

Costs: The course will be free for all participants.

Technical requirements: Basic internet connection and PC or/and phone.

DEADLINE for submitting online applications: 25.07.2020 at 23:59 CEST

02.08.2020 at 23:59 CEST.

You will be informed about the results of the selection within two weeks after the deadline. Please add project.coordinator@cdnee.org to your contacts, so that you do not receive our reply in spam folder.

*All references to Kosovo, whether to the territory, institutions or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with the United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.

Apply here:

This project 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.

Open call for Participants: Youth training “Outsmarting the paradigm: Implementation of new technologies in the cities”

CDN – Cooperation and Development Network Eastern Europe is announcing a call for participants for the youth training “Outsmarting the paradigm: Implementation of new technologies in the cities“. The event will take place from 21 to 25 of September in Riga, Latvia (20 and 26 are travel dates to and from Riga for the participants).

This training aims to explore how technology impacts our cities and rethink the concept of smart cities from a Green perspective in the EE context.

This will be done through 1) Creation of a space for 25 young people to learn, share knowledge about and critically analyse the impact of new technologies in our cities; 2) Analysis of the Charter for the Smart City in relation to the Eastern European context and finally; 3) Creation of a manifesto on principles of new technologies’ implementation in the Eastern European cities. You can read more about the project on this page.

This project is a part of the GEF transnational project “A Charter for the Smart City II”.

Who should apply?

We are looking for 25 young people aged 16-35, residing in Central and Eastern Europe (Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo*, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine).

We encourage applications reflecting diversity in all forms; therefore we welcome applications from those who identify as women, LGBT+, POC, migration background, or with a different ability.

Participants who have activism experience in working on the rights for the city and/or urban planning and policy making as well as those interested in implementation of new technologies in cities, as well as those with relevant knowledge or high motivation to learn about the topic are highly encouraged to apply.

Practicalities: 

Language: The main language of this activity will be English. But not being comfortable interacting in English should not prevent you from applying, majority of us at the event will be non-native speakers and the group will be able to help out if there is some term you might not know!

Costs: The full cost of working materials, visa and lodging (accommodation in multi-bed rooms, vegetarian food, and refreshments) during the event will be covered by the organizers. In exchange, we ask for a participation fee of 20 EUR for participants coming from non-EU countries and 40 EUR for participants coming from EU countries. Accommodation, food, working space, travel and visa costs for participants will be fully covered. For selection of travel means we encourage participants to combine the most economic and environmentally friendly way (lowest price + travel time + CO2 emissions). Applicants for whom paying this fee is an obstacle for participation, should still apply and mention this in their application (not a selection criteria). CDN will try to find a solution together with the applicant after the selection is finalized.  CDN will reimburse 90% of the travel costs for the participants from the non-EU countries and 80% of travel costs for the participants coming from the EU countries, within travel limits that will be sent out to the participants after selection (based on the actual, reasonable prices of the tickets) and within Europe, with the condition to combine the most economic and environmentally friendly way (lowest price + travel time + CO2 emissions). 

DEADLINE for submitting online applications: 19th of July 23:59 CEST. You will be informed about the results of the selection within two weeks after the deadline.

*All references to Kosovo, whether to the territory, institutions or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with the United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.

This project is organised by the Green European Foundation with the support of CDNEE and Wetenschappelijk Bureau GroenLinks with the financial support of the European Parliament to the Green European Foundation.

 Apply here! 

Pride 2020: Our fight is one, our cause is common, our goal is liberation.

This Pride month 2020, as queer young Greens from CDN and FYEG, we take this moment to reflect on the world that we live in today, where we observe systemic issues becoming more apparent as we experience the COVID-19 pandemic, and support the Black Lives Matter protests. Allowing us to also question what Pride was yesterday, what it is today and what we can make of it tomorrow.

Questioning is not new for us. We, LGBTQIA people, continuously question, battle with, compare, and figure out who we are in comparison to the normative status quo. We deal with systematic oppressions, legal regressions, and violence against our transition-ing/ed bodies and expressions of genders, loves, and lusts – or lack thereof.

We live in a world where those in power, corporations, governments, mass media, and other institutions, continue to dictate who we should be by disseminating their propaganda in the education systems, cultural productions, ads and laws. The dominant forces on the top of world hierarchies have for centuries decided on the meanings of truth, economy and justice that only suited their own. We ended up with these flawed systems that supports profit over people, the systems of capitalism, white supremacy and hetero-cis-normativity.

This is why we must remember the origins of Pride. The first Pride was a riot against police oppression and state-sponsored violence against LGBTQIA people, started by Black and Latinx trans women, Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, in the U.S. – their power must continue to course through our veins as we celebrate global Pride this June.

Our fight is one, our cause is common, our goal is liberation. 

Lately, in Europe and beyond, we experience oppression, reminding us of the importance of Pride, including:

– The growth of the so-called “LGBT-free zone” municipalities in Poland, now almost a hundred, is spreading anti-LGBTQIA messages and agitating unprecedented violence against activists.

– The government of Boris Johnson discarding the plans to depathologise and facilitate the process of gender self-identification in the UK.

– The Hungarian government using as smoke screen the emergency measures related to COVID-19 to make it impossible for trans and intersex people to align their legal gender with their gender identity, replacing the characteristic “sex” for “sex assigned at birth” in official documents.

– In Georgia, the government continues to refuse to grant identification that recognises trans peoples’ gender identity, leaving them with no social protection. During the protests in Tbilisi, trans activist Madona Kiparoidze set herself on fire.

– The Romanian government have banned any theories or ideas that establish that gender identity is a separate concept from biological sex in education.

– Sarah Hegazy, a lesbian activist who was incarcerated and tortured in Egypt in 2017 for raising the rainbow flag during a concert in Cairo, committed suicide this month. She was suffering post-traumatic stress disorder caused by the humiliation and mistreatment she faced during her imprisonment.

However, we also experience and observe more positive currents of change, including:

– Scotland becoming the first country to include LGBT+ history and rights in schools

– The redefinition of traditional beliefs and discourses, like German bishops starting to accept non-heterosexual orientations and rejecting any form of discrimination against homosexual people.

– Celebrations of Pride, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, with messages of support and solidarity being shouted from balconies in Tirana, Albania.

The fight is far from over.

In a world where our stories are tokenised, where we are used and abused – let Pride be an open space of our own making, part celebration – part protest. Where we use our agency to demand rights, justice and equality for all LGBTQIA people, to break down and open borders that divide the haves and have-nots, to work in solidarity with anti-racist, feminist, and other movements to create a Europe that is truly welcoming and inclusive for all.

This is why, for global Pride 2020, we young greens from CDN and FYEG:

– recognise that the fight for LGBTQIA rights, equality and justice should not happen in isolation from other fights, including for climate justice and social justice;

– demand solidarity between movements and to fight together to topple the white-supremacist, patriarchal, capitalist, anti-trans and homophobic systems;

– acknowledge the often invisible work of trans- and cis- women, transgender men, non-binary people, genderqueer, intersex, asexual, aromantic, bisexual, and lesbians within our communities;

– promise to fight alongside LGBTQIA activists, in Azerbaijan, Poland, Hungary, England and other places, as they face new and old threats of violence against them;

– question and oppose the commercialisation of Pride and its symbols, and the abuse of LGBTQI stories for capital gain;

– remember and mourn all victims of fatal homophobic, biphobic and anti-trans violence – in all its forms – in Europe and beyond.

Study Session “Work that Works for all: Shaping Europe’s Future of Work”

Young people today feel more and more disengaged with participation in organisations, activism or decision-making structures as the economic and social difficulties they face persevere. There is a discrepancy between guaranteed social rights and what is experienced by young people in reality. On top of issues, such as job insecurity or unpaid internships, discrimination at work, unfair working conditions and precarity are the challenges young people face across Europe.

Globalisation and technological advancements – in digitisation in particular – have been very influential in shaping young people’s current situation on the labour market, with particular effects on the types and quality of jobs available.

Age-based discrimination is the most prevalent form of discrimination at work, with young workers among those reporting the highest levels of discrimination.

Until today, there are no functioning labour legislations that protect the population in many Eastern member states of the CoE. The fatal occupational accidents in the Commonwealth of Independent States are majorly caused by open contact with hazardous substances and the lack of safety norms at construction. In some countries (Georgia, Russia, Belarus and Greece) there is no Labour inspection, or it is not mandatory. In most cases there are no support mechanisms for advocating for decent working conditions and the demands of the youth is often opposed to the interests of the investors, causing the states fail to implement the recommendations of the CoE. In addition to that, the social protection schemes and welfare systems in the region are very weak or nonexistent.

Some countries are in the state of ongoing armed conflicts (Russia and Ukraine, or Armenia and Azerbaijan) or have unresolved territorial disputes (Kosovo, Transnistria, Nagorno-Karabakh, South Ossetia, Abkhazia) which make the social and economic conditions unbearable for the youth displaced, or living in those regions.

Displaced people cannot continue to work or keep their businesses open, causing damage to the economy of countries involved; the economic and social stagnation can continue for decades and naturally, does affect the life of the youth.

This is why Cooperation and Development Network (CDN) and Federation of Young European Greens (FYEG) are organising a study session “Work that Works for all: Shaping Europe’s Future of Work”  which will take place from 12th to 17th of October 2020 in the European Youth Centre in Budapest, Hungary. The arrival date for the participants is 11th and departure date on 18th.

With this activity we ​aim to empower 40 young Europeans in ​accessing their social rights – the right to decent work (the right to work, and the right to adequate social protection) and support them in becoming agents of change in their local communities through human rights education. This will be done by meeting the following​ objectives​:

  • To explore the legal, structural and societal ​challenges and barriers young people face while accessing their right to decent work in different European countries;
  • To deepen participants’ understanding of youth unemployment and youth precarity, their ​social (political, economic) and ​ individual (physical and mental health) ​consequences​, and the intersection of these consequences;
  •  To explore the ​existing opportunities and initiatives for young people in accessing meaningful work, adequate standard of living and social security, as well as to develop participants’ ​understanding and solidarity​ about the social and economic conditions their peers are facing;
  • To equip the participants and their organisations with the ​ tools for countering the challenges and consequences of inaccessible Social rights.

This youth event will be based on Non Formal Education methodology.

Call for the Prepteam

Call for the Participants

Call for the PT of “Work that Works for all: Shaping Europe’s Future of Work” Study Session:

Cooperation and Development Network (CDN) and Federation of Young European Greens (FYEG) are announcing an open call for members of preparatory team (prep-team) for the study session “Work that Works for all: Shaping Europe’s Future of Work”  which will take place from 12th to 17th of October 2020 in the European Youth Centre in Budapest, Hungary. The arrival date for the participants is 11th and departure date on 18th. More information on the project you can find here.

Young people today feel more and more disengaged with participation in organisations, activism or decision-making structures as the economic and social difficulties they face persevere. There is a discrepancy between guaranteed social rights and what is experienced by young people in reality. On top of issues, such as job insecurity or unpaid internships, discrimination at work, unfair working conditions and precarity are the challenges young people face across Europe. Globalisation and technological advancements – in digitisation in particular – have been very influential in shaping young people’s current situation on the labor market, with particular effects on the types and quality of jobs available.

Young people all over Europe are facing age-based discrimination, are exposed to unsafe working conditions and struggle to access the Economic and Social rights. The results of the outbreak of the COVID-19 once again underlined the importance of the topic for the future of Young people in Europe. 

With this activity we ​aim to empower 40 young Europeans in ​accessing their social rights – the right to decent work (the right to work, and the right to adequate social protection) and support them in becoming agents of change in their local communities through human rights education. This will be done by meeting the following​ objectives​:

  • To explore the legal, structural and societal ​challenges and barriers young people face while accessing their right to decent work in different European countries;
  • To deepen participants’ understanding of youth unemployment and youth precarity, their ​social (political, economic) and ​ individual (physical and mental health) ​consequences​, and the intersection of these consequences;
  • To explore the ​existing opportunities and initiatives for young people in accessing meaningful work, adequate standard of living and social security, as well as to develop participants’ ​understanding and solidarity​ about the social and economic conditions their peers are facing;
  • To equip the participants and their organisations with the ​ tools for countering the challenges and consequences of inaccessible Social rights.

If you are young person from the Council of Europe members states, Belarus or Kosovo* and you are interested in the topic of the event, you are more than welcome to apply to volunteer as a member of this preparatory team. Prep-team members should speak English, be available during the preparation period, be responsible about fulfilling their tasks, have good organisational skills, be good team players and committed to the aims of the project and CDN’s values and be familiar with non-formal education methods. 

Main responsibilities of the prep-team:

  • Active participation in the regular online meetings prior to the event (July-October/ 2-3 h a week):
  • Getting to know each other online meeting – 8th of July, at 14:00 CET; 
  • Two day prepteam meeting online for developing the sessions – on July 11-12 or 18-19 based on the preferences of the PT;
  • Other meetings scheduled weekly or bi-weekly.
  • Participation in a live prep team meeting in Budapest: 12-13 September (2 full working days), arrival day 11th, departure 14th.
  • Dissemination of the call and selection of participants, preparation of participants for the event and providing them with all the necessary information regarding the program;
  • Preparation and facilitation of the programme of the event; designing and preparing sessions based on non-formal education methodology, invitation and communication with speakers, experts and partners in accordance with the project aims (4-6 h a week);
  • Helping with the promotion of the event and ensuring media visibility;
  • Taking care of practicalities and of the general well-being of the participants;
  • Full participation during the entire event and prep team meeting before and after: Arrival 9th of October, departure 19th of October;
  • Supporting the finalisation of the outputs;
  • Helping with the reporting of the event.

Being a prep-team member at this event would offer you:

  • Working in a lively international environment;
  • Experience in managing youth projects – preparation, implementation and reporting;
  • Getting familiar with Green values and the work of CDN and FYEG;
  • Getting to know activists from different European contexts and their work;
  • A possibility to develop your leadership and group work skills;
  • A lot of work and a lot of fun!

Practicalities: 

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

COVID-19:

We are closely following the development of the situation and we are aware that we might not be able to conduct the live events in the Autumn 2020. However, we will continue working with the PT on the topic digitally.

DEADLINE for submitting online applications is 28th of June, Midnight CEST. You will be informed by e-mail approximately in 2 weeks time after the deadline. Please add project.coordinator@cdnee.org to your contacts, so that you do not receive our reply in spam folder.

*All references to Kosovo, whether to the territory, institutions or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with the United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.

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Urban reporters wanted!

Dear all, Alternative Urbanisation Working Group has a proposal we think you might find interesting. They want to make a collage of experiences and feelings around urban changes that are happening due to Covid-19 outbreak. Through sharing our impressions and daily routines, we feel it would help reconnecting in these disconnected times.

We’ve all witnessed how in just few months the whole world has changed upside down, including cities, countryside, our households, workplaces – you name it! We want to document this, providing a virtual space where we can all share and reflect on consequences of measures imposed to keep us safe, but that have undoubtedly affected freedom we enjoyed in our cities.

Following these measures, we want you to capture particular parts within your cities that have changed and that might’ve had an impact on your daily life.

This can be for example: way too long lines in front of banks, markets; usually crowded but now empty squares; self-isolation experience; natural sights coming back to life, etc. You can take either a photo or a video and share it along with a description, a recollection or a memory of something funny, serious or whatever else you think of, on email elena@cdnee.org. We’ll share these on CDN’s social media, so keep tuned and watch out for those urban reporters! ..and again – be creative within safety measures!

#coronaurbanreporters #cdnee

Turkey, is time to condemn hate speech, not the human rights defenders

We are witnessing with great worry the aggravating situation on LGBTI+ rights and attack on defenders of these rights in Turkey. Since the pandemic outbreak, homophobia and transphobia are steadily rising as many authorities in the country consider the LGBTI+ community as carriers of the virus.

This culminated with the Friday sermon last month, when Ali Erbaş (Head ofTurkish Directorate of Religious Affairs) used hate speech against LGBTI+ community in Turkey. Below you can find the timeline since the sermon’s declaration and how it spurred attacks against the LGBTI+ community and human rights defenders.

Timeline:

In an April 24 sermon followed by thousands online, Ali Erbaş said in a statement using hate speech: “Islam condemns adultery and homosexuality because they bring disease and corrupt generations. Hundreds of thousands of people every year are exposed to HIV due to homosexuality and adultery”.

This statement was immediately criticized by human rights groups and bar associations, opposition politicians in Turkey, lawyers and the LGBTQ community, condemning Erbaş’s speech.

The Ankara Human Rights Association declared that it would file a judicial complaint against Erbaş for inciting hatred. The Izmir Bar Association said it was concerned the statement could encourage new hate crimes.

Therefore on April 27, the Ankara Bar Association filed a complaint against Erbaş with the Ankara chief prosecutor’s office on the grounds that Erbaş’s sermon constituted public provocation to hatred (art. 216/2 of the Turkish Penal Code).

Backlash against the defenders of LGBT+ rights and lawyers

In response the to probes, the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office opened an investigation into the Bar Association on the grounds of “insulting the religious values adopted by a part of the public”

On April 27th, the president himself endorsed the hate speech in the following statement: “An attack on Erbaş is an attack on the state,”. Afterwards, the remarks were endorsed by some of Turkey’s top government representatives.

The websites of both Ankara and Diyarbakır Bar Association have been inaccessible since April 28. The legal prosecution of them is still under process.

Just a couple of days later, government announced the legislative regulation that restricts the freedom of speech of law societies.

A proof of the hate speech incitement of Erbaş is the hashtag #YallahHollandaya trending recently on Twitter in Turkey. The hashtag translates to “Go to Holland”, a popular anti-LGBTQ+ slur in Turkey, because of the Netherlands linked to homosexuality, according to groups attacking LGBTI+ community in Turkey.

Call for immediate action:

Turkey’s government should guarantee protection from discrimination and hate crimes for all its citizens . It should not be human rights defenders who are criminalised for speaking out against homophobic statements said by state officials, but to condemn the hate speech itself!

Therefore, criminal investigations against the Ankara and Diyarbakır Bar Associations, should be dropped immediately.

Gender Working Group of Cooperation and Development Network stands in solidarity with human right defenders and LGBT+ community in Turkey. We call on human rights organisations to show their messages of solidarity with the human rights activists in Turkey by using the following hashtags:

#LGBTHaklarıİnsanHaklarıdır

#LGBTRightsareHumanRights

Call for international solidarity: Activists detained in Belarus

The previous weekend marked the 75th anniversary of Nazi Germany defeat in the World War II. In order to commemorate this day, majority of the countries held reduced and small ceremonies due to the cautious measures in halting the spread of the pandemic.

This was not the case for Belarus, where the Belarusian Armed Forces put on a gigantic parade, attracting thousands of attendees and veterans despite the high risk of coronavirus infection.

Only few activists voiced the concerns through actions regarding the critical situation in the country. Unfortunately, these actions were met with negative consequences. Majority of the activists were detained, among them Veranika Yanovich, an activist of the Belarusian Young Greens, and they were released only after a couple of hours. For more insights, you can read below the statement of Belarus Young Greens on the incident.

As you probably already know, in Belarus, despite the situation with the pandemic, the Victory Day parade for the 9th of May was not canceled. Thousands of people attended it, exposing themselves to the coronavirus pandemic, which can lead to terrible consequences.

A huge amount of money was invested on the parade, which could have been allocated to hospitals and all those medical workers who are now working without breaks.

Therefore on 8th of May, the youth initiative “Моладзевы блок” held two actions. One of them was held on Victory Square, where activists stood up in front of the buildings, where it is written “Подвиг народа бессмертен” (“Feat of the people is immortal”) with banners “А мы нет” (“But we are not”)

The second campaign spread across various Belarusian and foreign media channels. In it, activists, in parallel with the rehearsal of the parade, performed an action, while carrying a fake coffin. You can watch it HERE.

Many participants of these actions were detained, including Veranika Yanovich, an activist of the Belarusian Young Greens. Veranika has just been released along with some other activists. However, until the release time, nothing was known about her location.

We ask the international community to show support for Veranika and other activists in every possible way. We hope that this will make the situation better.

Belarusian Young Greens

GrEEn Views: discussion series on life around and after the pandemic

As the world as we know it changes in the light of COVID-19 pandemic, all the issues and injustices of the system we live in are becoming more obvious than ever. Governments of Eastern Europe (and not only) have been failing to meet their duties in these challenging times and in the past weeks we’ve been witnessing violation of basic freedoms and rights and misuse of political power being justified with the given situation. Social and economical inequalities are being more visible than ever while staying safe and with access to fulfilling basic needs becomes a privilege.

CDN Executive Committee with the joint efforts of our Working Groups will be hosting series of online discussions in May and June with an aim of opening space for young Green activists from Eastern Europe and those who share our concerns in regards to how the pandemic affects different aspects of our lives. We will be talking about democracy being threatened, political narratives around and after the pandemic, digital and gender aspects of pandemic, privileges, inequalities and solidarity, as well as how can a crisis like this prepare us for our ongoing and future fight in regards to climate change.

Come and talk with us! Express your concerns, share your thoughts and discuss with us ideas for the post-pandemic world. The online discussions will take place on Tuesdays at 18:00 CEST on Jitsi Meet (more information on how to join will be published in the announcement of each discussion).

Join the first discussion on Tuesday, 5th of May at 18 CEST. We will reflect on threats to democracy and freedom of speech, media silencing, how the governments in the region are dealing with the current situation and what is the role of the civil society in these turbulent times. If you need a space for a rant, a bit of solidarity from your peers but you also want to use the quarantine days for plotting the strategies for the future fights: well, this must be the place!

In the second discussion on Tuesday 12th of May we will be talking about solidarity actions counteracting hunger, alternatives to mass production and local solutions that won’t endanger our environment and people.

We will reflect on food accesibililty in times of pandemic, EE dependence on importing goods and with that, importance of local production. How we can break free of the shackles of intensified agriculture once and for all?

In the third discussion on Tuesday 19th of May we will be talking on Climate Justice Fight in the Post-Pandemic World.

While on one hand Covid-19 pandemic puts climate fight in the shadow for a while and strikes move to the digital space, on the other, the bigger question of how can we use one crisis to fight the other rises. In Eastern Europe where the Climate Movement is in general weaker comparing to the rest of Europe, advocating for climate justice seemingly will get even harder in the aftermath of the pandemic.

But at the same time, we’ve been talking about nature in the cities revitalizing during the lockdown, advantages of using the bike during the pandemic, need for supporting local farmers in these hard times… Could the social and economical measures we are advocating for healing the post-pandemic world be the same ones that support our fight for Climate Justice?

In the fourth webinar organised on Tuesday 26th of May by the Prep-team of Outsmarting the Paradigm seminar that CDN organises in cooperation with GEF – Green European Foundation, we’re exploring how implementation of technology in cities shapes our economy.

To explore various aspects of these interactions, we’ll be joined by Kim van Sparrentak, MEP for the Greens/EFA group, and Lisa Gutu, Head of Business at Salt Edge and a former CDN Executive committee member.

This webinar is a part of “Charter for a Smart City II”, project organised by the Green European Foundation with the support of CDN, with the financial support of the European Parliament to the Green European Foundation.

Post-pandemic scenarios all lead to a reshaped economy. In the 5th discussion on Tuesday 2nd June we will discuss on how this new posture of economy is being formed in Eastern Europe countries in terms of an attacked financial and market system. 

Let’s try to build a scene of the survival economic reality. A view of what is the situation of the macroeconomic chain starting from basic income, employment, financial equality, national product, businesses, capitalism, austerity measures; all this will be a leading chain to recession finding its road of recovering.

Our role in this scene: how can we fight harsh austerity measures and neo-liberal policy? We can built a real forecast of how Eastern Europe is weathering the storm. This will put a view on a very beautiful hope: the only way to recovery can be Green Economy.

In the 6th discussion on 9th June, the Gender Working Group of CDN and Delila Hasanbegović from Sarajevo Open Center will talk about how the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the LGBT+ community and women. We will discuss on what struggles face the individuals from marginalised or disadvantaged groups in #EasternEurope  in terms of #gender, healthcare, economy and social situation. They say that “women and children are saved first”, but what we have seen in the times of pandemic is exactly the opposite.

Our guest, Delila Hasanbegović is an author of multiple published papers on topics of human rights, women and LBGT+, feminism as well as political participation of women. Currently she’s a lobbyist for adequate health access for trans and intersex people in Bosnia and Herzegovina, gender equality in workplace and reproductive health. Tune in to see what the gender activists are doing to make our communities a better place! Taking care of each other is crucial to get trough these challenging times. Support to marginalised communities and raising awareness about topics of this importance is the way to make sure everyone stays safe. 

Zoom-bombing prevention guide for Young Green organisations (and not only)

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues, more and more activists, schools and organisations are communicating and holding meetings through web-based teleconferencing platforms. But while their usage has increased immensely, so have the cyber-attacks directed on these platforms.

Members of CDN Digital X Working Group came up with a handy guide on measures and simple ways that can be taken in order to prevent these incidents while organising online activities. More than ever we need to take measures against such attacks that can be harmful and disruptive for the online activities of different groups/organisations.

You can find the guide HERE, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Feel free to share it with groups/activists facing the same concerns.