Ongoing Projects

IN-EDU – INclusive communities through Media Literacy and Critical thinking EDUcation

IN-EDU – INclusive communities through Media Literacy and Critical thinking EDUcation

SUMMARY: IN-EDU – INclusive communities through Media Literacy and Critical thinking EDUcation – is a project aiming to develop media literacy and critical thinking among students, teachers and parents in five European countries (Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Italy and Slovenia). The aim is to empower them to become aware and active promoters of media literacy actions in their communities. By working at local level the project intends to have an impact on the wider communities and play a part in preventing marginalization and countering inequality.

The main project activities are:

  • a needs assessment, including questionnaire sent to parents, teachers and students in each country;
  • Stakeholder meetings in each country and an International Stakeholder meeting in Lyon, France;
  • training of trainers from each country to be held in Osijek, Croatia;
  • training of teachers in Bulgaria, Croatia, Italy and Slovenia;
  • Civic Hackathons in Bulgaria, Croatia, Italy and Slovenia; and
  • an International Student Camp in Croatia for students from all countries.

IREX Europe is working with six partners: FORMA. Azione srl (Italy), Sofia Development Association (Bulgaria), Centre for peace, non violence and human rights (Croatia), PRIZMA Foundation (Slovenia), DZZD “Obuchenie” (Bulgaria), ITET Perugia (Italy).

IREX Europe’s key role in the project is running monitoring and evaluation plus providing international expertise in Media Literacy. We will produce the media literacy materials needed for the training of trainers, run the training (with an external consultant), host an international Stakeholder meeting in Lyon and send students to the International Student Camp.

 

PROJECT RESULTS and ACTIVITIES:

  • International training of trainers (ToT) for trainers in each country to run their own classes in media literacy and critical thinking for school teachers.
  • Materials prepared for these ToTs and translated into all partners’ languages.
  • Training of school teachers in Bulgaria, Croatia, Italy and Slovenia
  • Stakeholder meetings in each country
  • Needs assessment in each country (including for students, teachers and parents)
  • Civic Hackathons in Bulgaria, Croatia, Italy and Slovenia
  • International Student Camp in Croatia

 

You can visit the project website here!

 

Co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union

 

Strengthening Independent Media and Media Literacy in Moldova III (SIMML III)

Strengthening Independent Media and Media Literacy in Moldova III (SIMML III)

SUMMARY:  SIMML III works to combat propaganda and fake news and promote democracy by increasing media literacy in Moldova and improving access to fair and unbiased information on key national and international issues.

Project’s Objectives:

Objective 1: Strengthen resistance to fake news, propaganda and manipulation by the media by building media and information literacy skills in Moldova’s communities.

Objective 2: Improve the quality and quantity of media reports on social and political developments affecting Moldova.

Objective 3: Promote civic participation by strengthening links between media and their communities through open discussion platforms gathering local citizens, civil society and journalists.

CONTEXT:

IREX Europe’s SIMML project has worked over the last four years to promote increased media and information literacy in Moldova and to expand access to fair and unbiased information on key national and international issues. The lack of a critical approach to the media and a lack of general media literacy leaves the Moldovan population vulnerable to manipulation, fake news and propaganda that seeks to promote an anti-European agenda, as well as exacerbate tensions between ethno-linguistic groups.

Under IREX Europe’s SIMML I and II projects, 113 librarians were trained in media literacy skills bringing them to the level where they can run their own MIL activities in their communities. The librarians have gone on to run more than 200 media literacy trainings and activities in raions across the country, directly reaching nearly 3,000 citizens (youth, adults including seniors, and local authority representatives). Over 30 Media Corners – special spaces where citizens can access news and information with guided assistance from librarians – have been set-up in participating libraries under a small grants scheme.

We have worked with Moldovan media to build the capacities of a new generation of journalists through learning-by-doing internships. 39 journalists and journalism students have received training so far, producing and broadcasting more than 35 video reports, 4 documentaries, 8 radio reports and 70 articles.

An important part of our project has been to promote civic participation. We’ve combined our media production and media literacy components by organizing public discussion sessions in partnership with local libraries – working with the librarians who’ve undergone our MIL training program.

SIMML III PROJECT RESULTS and ACTIVITIES:

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

Under Objective 1 we are expanding our media literacy training of trainer (ToT) program for librarians, to increase librarians’ ability to provide media literacy activities in their local communities. We are institutionalizing media literacy within the Association of Librarians of Moldova, establishing a team of “Senior Trainers” able to go on and provide ToT trainings to librarians in the future. The Association will also host an “Online Media Literacy Toolbox” which will include an updated MIL manual for librarians and a range of interactive online MIL tools to facilitate providing local MIL activities, particularly engaging youth via online and social media activities. A series of “MIL Summer Fairs” will increase networking amongst librarians whilst providing top-up training for MIL-trained librarians.

   1.1. MIL manual update and development of an open source online manual and online MIL toolbox.

   1.2 Media and Information Literacy capacity building for local libraries 

   1.3 Media Literacy Capacity Building for the Association of Librarians of Moldova

   1.4 MIL communication campaign to raise awareness of media manipulation and the need for Media Literacy. 

Under Objective 2 we will continue capacity building training and learning-by-doing internships for young journalists and journalism students in leading independent Moldovan media, resulting in the production and broadcasting on national and local television (and online and print media) news and information on key social and political issues. Through a small grants program we will provide financial support to local media, linked to quality news and information content production.

   2.1 Journalism students & young journalists’ learning by doing capacity building

   2.2 Journalism & Media Literacy Study tour for Journalists/Student journalist participants.

   2.3 Financial support to regional media

Finally, under Objective 3 we will continue to promote civic interaction through public discussions in local communities.

   3.1.Public Platforms for discussion

 

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

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

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, a call for applications was released 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 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 presented their projects to a jury and the 10 best received a subsidy of between €60 000 to €80 000, to transform their ideas into actual projects.
  • Incubation: These 10 award winners further benefitted from personalized mentoring throughout the implementation of their projects. They had regular meetings and working sessions to exchange ideas and to promote a regional group dynamic.

IREX Europe is also implementing 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 was 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.