George Reginald Freeman.        Source: IdemTV

George Reginald Freeman: "The Government of my country tried killing me for being gay, activist and a defender of the rights of LGBT persons”

Our protagonist is 31 years old, was born in Sierra Leone and is a LGBTI advocate and activist. Because of the threats in his country, he was forced to seek refuge in Spain.

Action Against Hunger is launching a network to promote social innovation.  Source: Action Against Hunger

New European network to promote social innovation

Action Against Hunger is launching a new network in Europe to promote social innovation as a tool to create a more inclusive European labour market.

A young girl working in the project.   Source: Ajuntament de Sant Boi

ARTaboo, community art and social inclusion

Youths from four European countries will paint a collective work of urban art dedicated to mental diseases.

The 12th European Congress for Mental Health in Intellectual Disability

The 12th European Congress for Mental Health in Intellectual Disability will be in Barcelona

The European Association for Mental Health in Intellectual Disability (EAMHID) chooses Barcelona as host city for a Congress that will take place from the 23rd to the 25th of May in 2019.

Europe Creative Culture Program

The Europe Creative Culture Program rewards LaFundició cooperative

2018 is the year of European Cultural Heritage and the Europe Creative Culture Program has published the names of the awarded organizations, among which  a Catalan cooperative.

Mayyar Skhaita, asylum seeker and amin character of 'S'ha de fer'

Welcome Communities –Comunitats Acollidores: how can we help the refugees?

Amnesty International Catalonia launches Welcome Communities –Comunitats Acollidores, a miniseries that gives real examples of refugees who have started a good new life with the active help of locals.

Why do we need a permanent school on Decolonial Feminism in Barcelona?

The Migration, Gender and Development Network in Barcelona is an initiative of Migrant Feminists who live in the city. Next September we’ll open a permanent school on Decolonial Feminsim. We use the feminist space of Ca la Dona, but the school will be outside of it. 

Peacebuilding

Engaging armed groups to achieve peace: can empathy do any good?

Conciliation Resources and ceia have collaborated to produce a guide on the role of empathy while dealing with armed groups and conflict solving.

‘Castellers del Poblesec’: a second family for migrants and expats

Castellers del Poblesec exist since 1999 and they are a good example of integrating association, especially for migrants and expats.

Turtle tangled in a plastic bag. Green Peace.

Single-use plastics won't be a choice in 2030's Europe

A European law is going to ban single-use plastics with the aim to have 55% of recycled or reusable packing by 2030.

Catalan traditional folk culture in Manresa.   Source: Aplec International Adifolk.

The International Adifolk gathering arrives in Washington

This yearly gathering is an expression of Catalan folk culture around Europe, and also the USA this 2018.

This web application makes it possible to check, visualize and export updated macroeconomic data on countries’ debt.  Source: ODG

'DebtHub' allows accessing data on how development is funded

This web application makes it possible to check, visualize and export updated macroeconomic data on countries’ debt.

School of Nature brings local community closer to their unique natural heritage.  Source: CMIA Viana do Castelo

The School of Nature wins the European Citizens' Award

This educational project brings local community closer to their unique natural heritage through field activities and teachers' trainings.

Highlights

Rijeka will be the European Capital of Culture in 2020 and it is seen as an opportunity to secure a lasting legacy of volunteers in many fields of culture and cultural heritage.