Mainstreaming Anti-Racism In Our Societies

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Date(s) - 03/05/2023 - 11/05/2023


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After almost a decade of working on the concept of invisible racism, Cazalla wants to share our experience with other youth workers and mainstream anti-racist work as one of the essential elements of our daily practice with young people. Over the years we have realized that often the issue of racism is very misunderstood, and it often happens that people have the attitudes necessary to be anti-racist, but lack the knowledge to do so, because for years racism has been understood as an active form of discrimination, and not as a form of systemic oppression, microaggressions that can be as harmful as direct violence, and having its consequences minimized, and not seeing how racism intersects with other types of violence. We want to take this necessary action to maintain what we have started, and make anti-racism a trend in our societies.

MARS aims to equip youth professionals with essential knowledge, skills and attitudes to enable them to incorporate anti-racism into their daily activities with young people. The training will be based on the toolkit called CONSTELLATIONS – the toolkit for working with youth on racism and invisible racism, which is about to be published. This toolkit was written by Cazalla Intercultural together with the STAR project partners.

The objectives of the training are:
– to prepare youth workers, trainers, youth leaders for new challenges related to racism, invisible racism and micro-aggressions
– explore our understanding of racism including issues such as white privilege, microaggressions, colorblindness, power relationships, etc.
– provide the tools to work on these issues directly with young people to further promote good treatment as an approach to be used in working with young people
– reflect on the role of youth work in making the fight against racism a trend and create tips on how to do it.

Participants were from North Macedonia North Macedonia, Greece Greece, Denmark Germany, Lithuania Lithuania, Poland Poland, Romania Romania, Slovenia Slovenia, Hungary Hungary, Italy Italy, Bulgaria Bulgaria, Spain Spain  and Slovakia Slovakia. There were 2 participants from each country.