Ongoing Projects

Jeunesse Active, Médias Inclusifs et Littératie Numérique (JAMIL.Net)

Jeunesse Active, Médias Inclusifs et Littératie Numérique (JAMIL.Net)

The overall goal of the project is to promote the inclusion and civic participation of young Tunisian women and men in interior governorates of Tunisia through promoting Media Literacy and strengthening community radios.

The project has three components: promoting a better understanding and use of media (including social media, online media and community media) so that young Tunisians can make their voices heard increasing youth representation and participation in local and national media;  strengthening the capacity of community radio stations to engage with local youth and produce programming by and for young people.

IREX Europe is implementing this project in partnership with ATMA (Association Tunisienne des Médias Alternatifs).

JAMIL.Net Objectives :

Objective 1: To promote a better understanding and use of media for young Tunisian women and men to make their voices heard;

Objective 2: To increase youth representation in local and national media;

Objective 3: To strengthen the capacity of community radio stations to be better able to represent youth.

Our project works to achieve these objects through the following activities:

  • Creation of a center for Media and Information Literacy Education with 5 satelitte centers across Tunisia
  • Media and Information Literacy (MIL) training of trainers for ATMA trainers combining face-to-face and remote training.
  • Organization of MIL workshops for youth groups, bloggers and youth leaders in regional Youth Centers.
  • Journalism and radio production training for journalists at 5 community radios;
  • Media Literacy focused productions by 5 community radios.
  • Hackathon – support to 10 media projects developed by young journalist and students in journalism.
  • Workshop on local journalism and radio animation for ATMA trainers;
  • Workshop on innovative business models for managers of 5 community radios.
  • Creation of a central mechanism for financing and advertising incomes for community radios

The expected results of the project are:

  • Outcome 1:  A Media and Information Literacy Education center is established, and a network of 20 trainers are created among partner organizations in 5 governorates to support media projects developed by young Tunisians.
  • Outcome 2: Journalists from community radios have strengthened capacity in local journalism as well as better ties with their local community – local youth benefit from youth focused and youth produced programmes local programmes.
  • Outcome 3:  financial sustainability of at least 5 community radios is strengthened creation of a centralized financing mechanism.
Human Rights Platform of French NGOs working at international level to protect Human Rights – PDH

Human Rights Platform of French NGOs working at international level to protect Human Rights – PDH

IREX Europe, as a co-founder, is happy to announce the launch of a Human Rights Platform of French NGOs working at international level to protect human rights. The launch of the platform – known as PDH (Plateforme Droits de l’Homme) – follows its official registration in Lyon on September 8th and its formal establishment in a constitutive General Assembly in Paris in July 2018.

Eleven French NGOs have worked together the past 18 months to establish the Platform which seeks to address the lack of coordination and communication between French organisations working to support human rights on the international scene.

The platform is essential in the current international development sector where international donors and actors are directing their strategies towards a rights-based approach. The platform will allow its members to increase their influence and impact when acting together in lobbying and advocacy, creating a stronger and more unified voice in favour of the defence of human rights on the international level.

In addition, the Platform will work to increase information, knowledge and skills exchanges between members, most of which are small NGOs with limited resources but which carry out important advocacy work and support to HRDs around the world.

The current development phase of the platform is funded by the AFD (Agence Française de Developpement).

A Board of administration was set up in Paris with the position of President held by Raphaël Chenuil from Ensemble Contre la Peine de Mort (ECPM), the Treasurer is Florence Duvauchelle from IREX Europe, the General Secretary being Veronique Rouault from Agir Ensemble pour les Droits de l’Homme (AEDH) and the Deputy president Claire de Grave from Terre des Hommes France.

If you are a French NGO working at International level and would like to join the platform, please contact plateformedh@aedh.org

D-JIL “Digital Generation” – Innovate and create online media content for young people

D-JIL “Digital Generation” – Innovate and create online media content for young people

SafirLab 2017. © vinciane lebrun-verguethen/voyez-vous

The D-Jil project aims to offer young citizens, from nine countries of the MENA region, the opportunity, resources, training and mentoring to create and produce digital content for new generations

It is funded by the European Union and implemented by CFI, in partnership with IREX Europe, the Samir Kassir Foundation, the Forum des Alternatives Maroc (FMAS) and Leaders of Tomorrow.

D-Jil will run over 4 years and mentor 20 initiatives from Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Palestine, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan.

  • Selection: in March 2018, there will be a call for applications to select a “long list” of the 30 best projects focusing on digital content intended to meet the expectations of young people and to help them to become involved in public and local life.
  • Hackathon: a hackathon will then bring the teams together to share ideas, receive targeted training and mentoring aimed at helping them refine and develop their project ideas.
  • Subsidy: At the end of the hackathon, the teams will present their projects to a jury and the 10 best will receive a subsidy of between €60 000 to €80 000, to transform their ideas into actual projects.
  • Incubation: These 10 award winners will further benefit from personalized mentoring throughout the implementation of their projects. They will have regular meetings at working sessions to exchange ideas and to promote a regional group dynamic.

IREX Europe will also implement Media and Information Literacy workshops to help the project teams incorporate Media Literacy into activities and receive feedback from their youth audience.

A second call for applications will be launched 6 months later, to choose a further 10 projects

Call for project proposals

PRIDE for LGBT in Albania – Promoting Rights, Inclusiveness, Dignity and Equality for LGBT in Albania (PRIDE)

PRIDE for LGBT in Albania – Promoting Rights, Inclusiveness, Dignity and Equality for LGBT in Albania (PRIDE)

The overall goal of PRIDE is to strengthen the role of LGBT organisations and activists in promoting the acceptance, inclusion and protection of the LGBT minority in both rural and urban Albania. The project has a particular focus on protecting at-risk, marginalised LGBT youth and to promote respect for their fundamental rights.

PRIDE began on 15 February 2018 and will last 24 months. The project is implemented jointly by IREX Europe and its partners: Alliance Against LGBT Discrimination (Aleanca LGBT) and Tebashkuar Pro Kauzës LGBT (Pro LGBT). In addition, the project will work together with the Streha Shelter as well as with the regional organisation ERA. The project is supported by the European Union.

 

CONTEXT:

Although Albania has the legal provisions in place that protect LGBTI people from discrimination and ban hate speech in all fields […] experience shows that inequality and failure to understand the human rights of LGBTI people prevails in society” – Ministry of Social Welfare and Youth, “National Action Plan on LGBTI People in the Republic of Albania, 2016-2020”, March 2016.

 

From 2010, and in light of the EU accession process started in 2014, the Government of Albania has taken actions to adopt legislative changes in favour of the protection of LGBT rights. It has thus made significant progress at the legal and policy level in the protection and inclusion of the LGBT community. However, despite the notable changes on paper, in reality, the vast majority of LGBT people continue to hide their sexual orientation and are continuously subject to human rights violations, stigma and discrimination, mainly under the form of harassment in school, denial of access to reproductive means and discrimination in health care institutions, discrimination in the work-place, and in public local offices.

 

In this context, LGBT organisations such as Aleanca, ProLGBT and the Streha Shelter, have been crucial in providing support and access to basic services for LGBT individuals; raising awareness on LGBT rights;  and in training media, public administration, teachers, police officers on anti-discrimination and respect for LGBT rights. Thanks to the Streha Shelter, runaway and homeless LGBT youth, often victims of domestic violence now have a safe place to stay. Aleanca, ProLGBT and Streha have been driving forces behind the recent legislative modifications which are contributing to social change in Tirana and regions.

 

By supporting and strengthening the three LGBT organisations and thanks to strategic and impactful activities, this project primarily proposes a grassroots approach where concrete actions promote increased access to rights and services for the LGBT community as well as improve the image and acceptance of LGBT rights in Albania.

 

PROJECT’S OBJECTIVES:

 

Objective 1 – To strengthen the capacity of LGBT organisations and increase their ability to support their constituencies and improve the acceptance, inclusion and protection of the LGBT community among the general population in Tirana and Albania’s regions.

 

Objective 2 – To increase access to protection and counselling support, as well as access to employment opportunities for the LGBT community, with a special focus on ensuring access to basic services for at-risk young LGBT individuals from Tirana and the regions.

 

Objective 3 – To promote a more positive image of the LGBT community and improve their acceptance by the general population in Tirana and the regions, both through media campaigns and offline activities

 

EXPECTED RESULTS AND ACTIVITIES:

Outcome 1 – LGBT organisations have improved their management capacity, and have acquired new skills and knowledge to implement actions improving the acceptance, inclusion and protection of the LGBT community in Tirana and the regions:

  • Activity 1.1: Capacity building strategy development for Aleanca LGBT, PRoLGBT and the Streha Shelter
  • Activity 1.2: In house capacity building trainings for Aleanca LGBT, PRoLGBT and the Streha Shelter

 

Outcome 2 – The LGBT community in Albania, especially at-risk LGBT youth, are benefiting from increased and improved counselling, protection and access to employment support inside and outside of Tirana, namely via assistance through the Aleanca Community Centre and the Streha Shelter

  • Activity 2.1- Service provision support for 200 LGBT individuals through Aleanca community centre:
  • Activity 2.2 – Support for 12 at-risk homeless LGBT youth through the ‘Streha’ Shelter:

 

Outcome 3 – The image of the LGBT community in Tirana and the regions has improved through positive role model campaigns and support for awareness raising to LGBT activists disseminated by Albanian media

  • Activity 3.1- Awareness raising grants for activists from regions
  • Activity 3.2 – Training on Human Rights and Ethics for local media practitioner from regions
  • Activity 3.3: Positive role model campaign
Promoting new women leaders and ‘invisible women’ human rights activists in Eurasia

Promoting new women leaders and ‘invisible women’ human rights activists in Eurasia

The overall objective of this project is to recognise, support and promote the emerging role of women Human Rights Defenders (W/HRDs) and Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) working for women’s and girls’ rights in Eurasia, including in Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia.

The project supports four target groups:

  • Young/emerging women human rights leaders

The project will contribute to strengthen the leadership skills of young women HRDs through capacity building; promoting networking and the sharing of ideas; and participation in national, regional, international forums.

After a first stage of target groups identification and needs assessment, the project partners will organise national and regional “Leadership Academies” to reinforce the leadership competencies of young W/HRDs. Small grants will be offered to the W/HRDs participating in the “Leadership Academies” allowing them to implement projects increasing the visibility and rights of women in the target countries. The targeted W/HRDs will also have the opportunity to benefit from travel funds to attend international, regional and national forums on human rights campaigning for women’s and girl’s rights.

  • ‘Invisible women’ human rights defenders, i.e. women activists who are actively defending rights within their own communities, but who are not involved in the wider HRD movement.

The project will support “invisible women’s” groups through targeted training and capacity building in advocacy, lobbying, developing strategies of change and media campaigns to raise awareness on specific issues they face

The project partners will identify and assess the needs of “invisible women” in the target countries and will organised tailored trainings in advocacy, lobbying, and developing strategies of change based on the specific needs of this target group. Media campaigns to raise awareness of the causes advocated by invisible women’s groups will also be run.

  • Lawyers working for women’s and girl’s rights

The project will help to improve knowledge of lawyers working for women’s and girls’ rights on ECtHR procedures to make use of international mechanisms for the protection of W/HRDs

Regional training sessions on the ECtHR will take place in Strasbourg to provide training to experienced lawyers working in the field of women’s and girls’ rights. Furthermore, the project partners and experienced lawyers will assist the targeted lawyers in writing applications and third party interventions to ECtHR.

  • W/HRDs and Human Rights Defenders working for women’s and girls’ rights

The project will provide anti-burnout trainings and rapid response for psycho-social, medical and legal support for women HRDs and Human Rights Defenders working for women’s and girls’ rights “at risk”.

Rehabilitation courses, legal counselling and small support funds to cover medical and/or psychological support will be offered to W/HRDs and HRDs promoting women’s and girls’ rights.

Empowering Youth to Become Civic Actors (EYCA)

Empowering Youth to Become Civic Actors (EYCA)

The overall goal of the project is to increase freedom of expression in Moldova by: empowering youth from rural areas to become civic actors through training in media literacy  and blogging; encouraging local media in regions to collaborate with youth and local authorities; and increasing civic dialogue in the rural areas, including through public dialogue on social issues.

PROJECT’S OBJECTIVES:

Objective 1 : building the capacities of young and active citizens to report on social and political issues through training in media literacy and blogging about their local communities

Objective 2 : support local media in the raions and improve their capacity to provide quality content through collaboration with youth and local authorities

Objective 3 : increasing community dialogue on social issues in the raions, including through public discussions, readings and other events on human rights and social issues.

CONTEXT:

The importance of media literacy is increasingly recognized in Moldova for a number of reasons ranging from the influence of false information; the influence of oligarch dominated media; the lack of professionalism within Moldovan media; and the lack of media literacy amongst the general population.

The consortium’s experience in media literacy shows that Moldovans, especially in the rural areas, lack the necessary skills to critically analyse local, national and international news. Moreover, because of the week capacity of local media, subjects related to local communities are often not reported appropriately or even covered at all. As a result, people in rural areas feel isolated and disinterested in the news, increasing their potential to be manipulated by media oligarchs and false information.

 PROJECT RESULTS and ACTIVITIES:

Our project works to achieve these results through the following activities:

Result 1Young people from at least 10 raions have improved their ability to understand and report on social and political issues through media literacy activities; they have developed connections with other stakeholders from their communities and youth from other raions and are able to engage more critically in their communities as civic actors.

Activity 1.1 – Media Literacy trainings for students from rural areas

Activity 1.2 – Blog tours for youth led by well-known Moldovan bloggers and activists on social issues

Activity 1.3 – Moldovan Multimedia Festivals with prizes for the best blogs.

Activity 1.4 –   Guidance and mentoring provided to the youth engaged in media literacy activities. Youth platforms identified and contracted to disseminate project’s media products;

Result 2 local media in different raions have improved their ability to engage with audiences involving youth and where possible local authorities in developing project and media outputs.

Activity 2.1: Small grants for media projects involving local media, local authorities, and trained youth

Activity 2.2: Production and management capacity building trainings for awarded media projects

Activity 2.3:  Local production and dissemination of productions in local media

Result 3local communities in the raions have the opportunities to access safe spaces for discussion including alternative format debates on social and political issues, including human rights.

Activity 3.1:  Organisation of public discussions, including readings on social issues followed by informal discussions organised by the project partners in collaboration with local authorities, youth and other interested actors.