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Sep 6, 2016

15 Hate fighters in the streets!

Newsletter presenting the webtrotters
Newsletter presenting the webtrotters

Dear donors,

You've been a wonderful help to this project. Even though we didn't reach our goal, we managed to change the life of 15 youngsters that got deeply involved in recreating solidarity and link between people who didn't even know about each other !

They exchanged, they observed, told stories, their story, the Other story, they depicted a multicultural town with many fulfilling differences. They lead this project with their heart full of love and energy.

They worked and covered subjects such as :

Fraternity and solidarity in distressed neighbourhoods

Human rights in the European Union, a local comparison (Strasbourg-Kehl)

Citizenship: where and when?

Discrimination and employment

Addressing the local authorities: Working together on citizenship

Vox : Women and public places, Hatred and radicalisation, citizenship and religion!  

Violence against women: The symptom of an unequal society

Refugees welcome!! But how? (local actions)

More than one story : All different yet all the same

Around the world : a tool against ignorance

Vox: homophobia… xenophobia… sexism, together against hate speeches

Multiculturalism : The  rich society of our differences

Sustainable development and smart consumption

Urban culture and citizenship

 

A word from Ossama, webtrotter :

“the impact of hate speeches on young people is devastating. I myself used to be a victim of racist speeches and I really wanted to get involved in this project to fight against any kind of damaging speeches. You don’t fight hate with hate but by spreading love and understanding! This is what we're trying to do and I believe we're making a difference by gathering people ”

 

Know about their work by following them :

Their facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/La-Fabrique-de-le-citoyennet%C3%A9-256815974650675/?fref=ts

Their youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3CZBaYE3SdEavVmXbMLEWQ

 

Thank you for your support,

The webtrotters.

Newsletter presenting the webtrotters
Newsletter presenting the webtrotters
Newsletter presenting the webtrotters
Newsletter presenting the webtrotters
Human rights have no limits
Human rights have no limits
Evaluation : We will go further!
Evaluation : We will go further!
Jul 19, 2016

I could, I can and I will be able to !

The girls jewelry for sale !
The girls jewelry for sale !

Dear all, 

As project coordinator I have recently come back from a visit to Bolivia. I have to say, the girls took my breath away ! Not only have they learnt new skills in jewelry making and sewing, but they have gained massive confidence in themsleves and the future. 

Many of these girls were not long ago caught up in prosititution networks or sexual abuse cases, and today thanks to you, they are empowering themselves for a better future ! 

When I arrived at the two centres where our project is now operating and asked the girls what they have learnt over the last few months they proudly said : " I thought I couldn't, but I could, I can and I will be able to"... they are right, the hardest part is behind them and now they are gaining the tools to build a brighter future for themselves.

Attached you will find a few photos of their wonderful work and progress. But first, I'd like to translate a few of the things the girls have said to their psychologists at the centre (for legal reasons we cannot reveal their real names) : 

M. said "When I used to live with my mummy she used to sew, I grew up between the machines, I had an idea how to use them but not very well, now I can sew and I think my mummy will be proud of me when she sees what I can do". 

After a workshop on self confidence R said "everyday I reread the sentences I wrote in my self confidence classes and then I believe in myself again, I believe I can be who I want to be". 

Hard a work with out volunteers !
Hard a work with out volunteers !
Sewing away !
Sewing away !

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May 27, 2016

Incredible involvment of our youngsters!

Syrian conflict and French radicalisation
Syrian conflict and French radicalisation

"Four type of activities were lead so far :

A tour of five distressed neighborhoods : In each of them, three afternoons have been dedicated to the fight of online hate speeches, extremism and radicalisations. The participant were mainly young people with less opportunities that live in those disadvantaged areas. Theoretical explanations and educational activities have raised awareness among them and encouraged them to take action : "Draw me a Human right" "The Syrian war and French extremisms : what is happening?" "Refugees crisis and Islamophobia", "Media, be the medium", "information and hoax: how to tell?"

It was heartwarming to realise the dynamism and the will to express and exchange opinions and points of view and also the will to disseminate a message of love and understanding.

The second activity was the living library, where youngsters were books with different identities (migrants, citizen of a "dangerous neighbourhood", muslim, roma, etc.). The first one was during the International solidarity week (21st of November of 2015) and the second one was during the European month (19th of May of 2016). This activity helped the young people improving their knowledge, acquiring new tools and to open their minds by talking with strangers about their past and present and get to know theirs.

The movement that developed throughout our activites was more about multiplying stories and realising all together that there is no homogeneous groups of people but individuals with different lives, different stories to tell and that everyone can always teach you something. By fighting stereotypes and discrimination, we can make friends everywhere.

We developed skills and we know more about the actions we can lead to fight against hatred and ignorance. We learned how to distinguish a hate speech from freedom of speech and how to defend ourselves against those attacks.

We are working on an e-book of recommandations to the the town and the region to help reduce violent speeches and all kind of discriminations!

Develop your critical thinking and spread love!

With Housseim, Ossama, Laure, Lucia, Karla, Amine, Franck, Thomas, Andréa, Sarah and so many more webtrotters to come!"

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Knowing the goal of our project : making young people express themselves and disseminate positive infos about them and their neighbourhood, you won't be surprised that this report was written by Selma, one of the webtrotters of the e-citizenship Fabric. :)

Workshop : Sexist Hate speech!
Workshop : Sexist Hate speech!
Workshop: Take actions !
Workshop: Take actions !

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