PeaceWeek: Strengthening the youth response against LGBTIQphobia

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Miriam Bantulà Merino

The event takes place in Barcelona from 18th to 26th November to contribute into more inclusive societies through the struggle for the rights of LGBTIQ+ people.

Servei Civil Internacional (SCI) organizes the Peaceweek, an event created to strengthen the capacities of SCI and youth LGBTIQ+ organizations in order to contribute into more inclusive societies through the struggle for the rights of LGBTIQ+ people and the promotion of volunteering as a tool to erase hate speech towards LGBTIQ+ people.

The main objectives are to create a safe space for the participants to strengthen their capacities; get to know the realities of the different countries (institutional discriminations, violations of rights, LGBTIQ+ movement, resistance, alliances, asylum procedures); promote volunteerism and active citizenship as tools of social transformation, and explore topics such as the connection between LGBTIQ+ communities and different groups/movements (feminists, sex workers, refugees/migrants). There will be a group of young people from Catalonia, Switzerland, Germany, Palestine, Jordan, Serbia, Italy, Estonia, Ukraine, Madrid and Bulgaria.

The activity is like a workcamp with an important part of study session. The participants will exchange good practicesknow local projects and commit to take concrete actions supporting the struggles of feminist and LGBTIQ+ movements and eliminate hate speech. Therefore, the training will be a mix of training and reflection on existing practices and planning for the future.

More details on the project and the provisional programme can be found in this document.

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