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

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

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 Local Actions: Mobilising Youth for Participation

Cooperation and Development Network Eastern Europe is happy to announce the third step of the annual work plan “We are the future, but we are here NOW!”. The call for local actions is an opportunity for the youth organisations or a group of young people that participated in the previous stage of the project to submit the applications consisting of the Local Action Plans and Budget.

The 3rd part of the project, “Mobilising Youth for Participation” aims to give space to youth to reclaim fight for democracy by raising awareness about importance of civic education and youth participation. Local actions will contribute to the objectives of:

  • Engaging young people in shaping democratic decision making processes in their local communities with direct participation of youth in them and promotion of youth inclusion.
  • Creating a network of activists and organisations for future collaboration and transfer of knowledge.
  • Raising visibility of young people and mobilising them for a common cause of ensuring a better future for all youth by giving voice and agency to them.

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Call for Feminists in the Environmental Movement: Local Reporters

CDN is opening the call for the Local Reporters for one year long project “Feminists in the Environmental Movement”. You can find more information about the project here.

This is a paid, part-time, home office based research position, starting from the late-mid February 2022. We are accepting applications by the 23rd of January 23:59 CET.

Working time: average of 2 hours/week, Spring-Summer 2022, flexible working hours (some activities might take place during weekends)
Remuneration and per diem: from EUR 350 to EUR 500, depending on the country the reporter lives in and does the interview in.

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Call for the Prep Team of the Work Plan “We are the future, but we are here NOW!”

Cooperation and Development Network (CDN) is announcing an open call for members of preparatory team (prep-team) for the two international activities of work plan “We are the future, but we are here NOW!” which will take place from 11-16th of April and 08-12th of June 2022. Locations of the events will be confirmed shortly. More information on the project you can find here. Please, read this information carefully before applying.

If you are young person 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 or Ukraine and you are interested in the topic of the event, you are more than welcome to apply to volunteer as a member of these preparatory teams. Prep-team members should speak English, be available during the preparation periods, 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. Preparatory team for the first event will continue working on the second event and will be joined by 2-3 other young people. See the preliminary agendas of events to get acquainted with the amount of sessions that will be developed for both activities.

Main responsibilities of the prep-team:

  • Active participation in the regular online meetings prior to the events (February-April and April-June / 2-3 h a week);
  • Participation in online getting to know each other before the live meeting;
  • Participation in two day live prepteam meetings on 5-6th of February (2 full working days), arrival day 4th, departure 7th; 19-20th of April (1 day after the first event’s evaluation) departure 21st;
  • Other meetings scheduled weekly or bi-weekly;
  • 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 program of the event, including one of the 4 parallel blocks for the 2nd activity; 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 (2 days) and after (1 day): Arrival 8th of April, departure to the second PTM 18th of April; arrival 5th of June, departure 14th of June.
  • Working on the outputs of the Work Plan after each event as well as in the end of the year;
  • Working on the narrative reports of both events.

Being a prep-team member 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;
  • 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 envisioning the events to take place live. The safety measurements will be taken both at the Prepteam meetings and the live events.

DEADLINE for submitting online applications is 10th of January, 23:59 CET. You will be informed by e-mail approximately in 1 week after the deadline. Please add project.coordinator@cdnee.org to your contacts, so that you do not receive our reply in spam folder. In case of having any questions, do not hesitate to write us on project.coordinator@cdnee.org

APPLY HERE

Agenda of 1st International Activity

Agenda of 2nd International Activity

*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.

CALL FOR HOST ORGANISATIONS: “We are the future, but we are here NOW!”

CDN is announcing a call for host organisations for the 2022 International Activities of Work Plan “We are the future, but we are here NOW!”. Detailed information about the project can be found at the Project Page.

All the Member and Partner Organisations are eligible to apply.

Details of the International Activities:

1st phase –  Why to participate 11-16th of April 2022

The first event of the Work plan is a 6 day long international activity with the aim to equip youth workers from Eastern Europe with knowledge of the importance of youth participation

2nd phase –  Skills for massive youth activation 13-17th of June 2022

The second activity of the WP is a 5 day international training course focusing on preparing the participants for the 3rd stage in depth through enhancing their skills. With this phase, we aim to equip youth workers from Eastern Europe with skills of engaging young people in lives of their communities

The host organisations are expected to:

  • Provide logistical support (help us with finding accommodation and venue, arranging catering, travel, visas, local speakers etc.);
  • Be there in case of emergency (someone getting sick, urgent purchases, extra needs, etc.;
  • Delegate two volunteers to become part of the local prep-team, that will be present at the event all the time, as well as assist at the prepteam meetings 2 months before the events.

If your organisation has capacities, time and motivation required to host the first or the second International Activities, please fill out this FORM (CLOSED).

Deadline for filling in the form is 20th of December 2021 23:59 CET.  

The Executive Committee of CDN will assess the applications and make a decision, which you’ll be informed about the latest by 14th of January.

Do not hesitate to contact us at project.coordinator@cdnee.org should you have any questions about the call or the application process.


 For more information about rights and responsibilities of a Host Organisation check this document.

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 16th to 21st of November 2021 in the European Youth Centre in Budapest, Hungary. The arrival date for the participants is 15th and departure date on 22nd. More information on the project you can find here.

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.
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Meet the new CDN Office Assistant

Although we were sad to see Kiki go, we’re excited to have Ivana Vojnov with us in the Office Assistant position.

Ivana attended her first Green event back in 2018 organised by Serbian Green Youth when she discovered a network where she immediately blended in. Since then, she became an active member of the SGY and in August 2020, she became SGYs Board Member. This experience has brought her a larger understanding of the Green movement and Green politics, which she aims to continue working on, improve and fight for.

Welcome to the team and we wish you an adventurous ride with CDN!!!

CDN Executive Committee and Secretariat