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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.