The project aims to introduce and explore new ways of understanding and addressing discrimination in Europe. Critical theories in social sciences explain, through the concept of intersectionality, how oppressive social beliefs and structures (xenophobia, sexism, homophobia, ableism etc.) are interconnected; systematic oppression cannot be understood or addressed with single-issue approaches as they tend to accentuate a specific part of the target groups’ identity and, thus, perpetuate otherness. Co-existing multiple identities demand an approach to integration that is holistic and sensitive to different experiences. “Through the Lens of the Other” thus looks to contribute to the formation of a European society tolerant towards vulnerable, marginalized and oppressed groups through a holistic approach to discriminatory behaviour.
The goals of the project are to:
- Empower individuals and reinforce the agency of marginalized groups, thus enhancing their representation;
- Raise awareness on the victimization of vulnerable groups, thus fostering empathy;
- Promote positive attitudes towards discriminated groups, thus embracing diversity as an asset in a society;
- Reduce prejudice and promote social integration, thus fostering inclusion of marginalized people;
- Promote integration and cohesion among EU member states regarding rights and freedoms.
These objectives will be achieved by:
- Developing diverse skills and competences among youngsters, youth workers and youth organizations;
- Offering open access educational material on the use of intersectionality for fighting discrimination;
- Utilizing original media creations in an awareness campaign against discrimination;
- Involving marginalized groups in civic action and a participatory process of co-creation;
- Introducing a shared analytical framework on the processes of othering.
Youth’s access to rights and freedoms advocated by the EU is at the centre of the project. Specifically, it promotes a new, vertical approach to pan-European challenges of social inclusion starting from the bottom-up. Project activities will enable youth, mostly leaving at the outskirts of the EU system, to be included through active citizenship. The project fosters exchange between youngsters and youth workers from significantly diverse countries from Europe’s East, West, North and South with a view to build networks but also to promote and pursue a collective, European-wide mentality that can uphold human and minority rights.
TLO’s analytical framework will be operationalized through non-formal learning and different tools that will be enriched in the course of the project. The power of the image has a central role in the effort to sensitize the public on the issue of discrimination. In specific, 14 audio-visual products will be created by project teams, translated in English and screened in local events organized in partner communities and an international inclusion festival. The project will also offer online, open access educational material on intersectionality in all partner languages as well as structured policy recommendations for the integration of marginalized groups resulting from deliberation with youngsters, youth professionals, policy makers, local communities and other stakeholders.
Inter Alia, Greece – Project Coordinator
Prism – Promozione Internazionale Sicilia - Mondo, Italy
Cross Culture International Foundation - CCIF, Malta
Sinop Egitim Programlari Ve Evrensel Ve Kulturel Aktiviteler, Turkey
Thessaloniki Pride, Greece
Institut fur Roma und Minderheiten Ev, Germany
EU Diaspora Council, Sweden
Az emberseg erejevel – CUM VIRTUTE HUMANITATIS, Hungary
Free Youth Centre, Bulgaria
DimosG. Karaiskaki, Greece
EU15 Ltd, United Kingdom
Sirius Training CIC, United Kingdom
Fundacio Catalunya Voluntaria, Spain
This project has been funded with support of Erasmus+ Program of European Union.