“Rebuilding the Lifes in the Land of Hope” projektuppdatering

IFALL har arbetat med projektet “Rebuilding the Lifes in the Land of Hope” sedan september 2016.

I en gemensam ansträngning mellan partnerna Tuzla Halk Eğitimi Merkezi, Institute of Entrepreneurship Development (iED), Activita Association, Terra Vera, IFALL – Integration För Alla, T.C. Tuzla Kaymakamlığı and Cita di Magenta Språkundervisning till migranter och flyktingar har tagits upp under projektets första år. För projektets andra kommande år utvecklas metoder för digital literacy för invandrare och flyktingar och kommer att tillämpas på området.

Sammantaget syftar dessa projekt till att nå människor i 6 länder, både invandrare och flyktingar, lärare och lärare. Det slutgiltiga syftet är att förbättra deras anställbarhet och integration i värdsamhällena genom ett fokuserat och innovativt tillvägagångssätt.

Läs mer om projektet på vår hemsida http://landofhopeproject.eu/

Också, följ vår Facebook-sida på https://www.facebook.com/ProjectLandofHope/

Alla andra frågor kommer i kontakt med IFALL via e-posten info@ifall.se

 

Sexual Harassment

I was chatting to my colleague at work when I felt someone grab my butt. As I turned, I saw it was one of the guys I work with. Initially, I was shocked and so I laughed it off, as did he, but that wasn’t okay and shouldn’t have happened. I just didn’t know how to react in the moment.

In a business meeting I had last week the woman kept flirting with me and making unwanted advances. I obviously declined but she kept on being inappropriate. It was really awkward and uncomfortable.

Last night I went out and the club was super busy. I was standing at the bar talking to my friend when a random guy pinched my breast as he walked past. I tried to grab his wrist and say something but he managed to shake my grip and disappear in the crowd.

You know what happened to me the other day? I was in the pub and this woman slapped my butt as she walked past.

All of the scenarios above are actual accounts of what some of my friends have experienced. As you might have guessed, this blog is about sexual harassment. Many well-known figures have in recent years faced accusations of sexual harassment–from Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein to politicians from Westminster (UK). But what do we mean when we talk about sexual harassment? And how big of a problem is it?

Sexual harassment may be defined as harassment in a workplace, or other professional or social situation, involving the making of unwanted sexual advances or obscene remarks. Sexual harassment can be divided into 3 categories; verbal, non-verbal and physical. Examples include but are not limited to:

•Making conditions of employment dependent on sexual favours.

•Physical acts of sexual assault.

•Requests for sexual favours.

•Verbal harassment of a sexual nature.

•Unwanted touching or physical contact.

•Unwelcome sexual advances.

Statistics 

Research in to the prevalence of sexual violence revealed some striking statistics.

According to reports published in 2012, 2015 and 2016 by the UN and Action Aid:

  • 1 in 3 women worldwide have experienced sexual or physical violence at some point in their lives.
  • 40%-50% of women in member states of the European Union experience unwanted sexual advances, physical contact or other forms of sexual harassment at work.
  • Across Asia, studies in Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines and South Korea show that 30% – 40% of women suffer workplace sexual harassment.
  • In Nairobi, 20% of women have been sexually harassed at work or school.
  • In the United States, 83% of girls aged 12 -16 experienced some form of sexual harassment in public schools.
  • Every 15 seconds a woman is assaulted in a public space on Sao Paolo.
  • In New Delhi 92% of women have experienced violence in public.
  • Polls conducted across Brazil, India, Thailand and the UK show that 2 out of 5 women have experienced harassment before the age of 18.

Evidently, sexual harassment is a major issue and as a woman I feel that this behaviour is often excused, not taken seriously and to some extent expected. I asked a few of my female friends how often they experienced sexual harassment and most have told me that they will face some form of harassment on a weekly basis. Sadly, this response did not surprise me. In fact I am certain that the majority of women worldwide face unwanted advances and comments regularly. The problem is that although this behaviour is not condoned by most people, we still expect and accept it. Acceptance need not imply agreement, but rather reveal the normalisation of this behaviour.

A close friend of mine living in London, puts it well when she says that “she feels she has to choose her battles.” This resonates with me as a woman and a person. Confronting men who hurl verbal abuse at you and mock you when you stand up for yourself, is not easy. We must face the fact that sometimes it may simply be unsafe to respond to harassment. Though a difficult and time-consuming task, choosing to fight the battles we are made to confront is the first step to making harassment unacceptable in our everyday lives.

At the basis of harassment may ultimately be a cultural devaluation of women, which feminist studies since the 70s have shown to appear cross-culturally as well. To understand the position of women as the most frequent victims of the seemingly innocent forms of harassment I have touched upon, we must first understand the historical subordination of women around the world. This topic will be addressed in my next blog.

 

References

Action Aid (2016) “Nearly three in four women were harassed in past month” [Online] https://www.actionaid.org.uk/latest-news/three-in-four-women-uk-world-harassed-in-last-month

Action Aid (2016) “Ending street harassment: the Safe Cities for Women campaign” [Online] https://www.actionaid.org.uk/campaign/campaigning-works/ending-street-harassment-the-safe-cities-for-women-campaign

David Wong (2016) “7 seasons So Many Guys Don’t Understand Sexual Consent” [Online] http://www.cracked.com/blog/how-men-are-trained-to-think-sexual-assault-no-big-deal/

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission “What is Sexual Harassment?” [Online] http://www.un.org/womenwatch/osagi/pdf/whatissh.pdf

International Labour Office, Geneva (2016) “Meeting of Experts on Violence against Women and Men in the World of Work” [Online] http://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/—dgreports/—gender/documents/meetingdocument/wcms_522932.pdf

United Nations (2012) “Fast facts: statistics in violence against women and girls” [Online] http://www.endvawnow.org/en/articles/299-fast-facts-statistics-on-violence-against-women-and-girls-.html

United Nations (2015) “Violence against women” [Online] https://unstats.un.org/unsd/gender/chapter6/chapter6.html

World Health Organisation (2012) “Understanding and addressing violence against women” [Online] http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/77434/1/WHO_RHR_12.37_eng.pdf

World Health Organisation “Chapter six, Sexual Violence” [Online] http://www.who.int/violence_injury_prevention/violence/global_campaign/en/chap6.pdf

STEPPING STONE

Hello!

My Name is Madhavi Hunt and I have come to Sweden from Melbourne Australia to bring circus to IFALL. I started training circus at age 11 in Broome Western Australia; where I

had moved to from 10 years of age. I am now 19 and am over the moon to have been given this opportunity to share my circus experience and skills to the other side of the world.

From Broome,

I had moved to Melbourne without my family in 2016 to attend a circus university called NICA. (National Institute of Circus Arts) where I trained further into circus for one year. I then auditioned for a Diploma in dance at The Space of Performing Arts to attend in 2017 in which I was successful in, but then come July/August 2017 I was offered to a part of this project; and of course I accepted without hesitation.

And now, after months of waiting on the organising, consulates, visa’s, paperwork and delayed long hour flights, etc, etc.. here I finally am; arriving in whats supposedly ‘not that cold’ in which is absolutely freezing to me, I am safe and sound in Orkelljunga Sweden; have already met amazing people and now to be friends.

I am very excited to see what I have to learn and gain from this experience and meeting much more people, and of course, getting the chance to work with refugee’s; I hope to change and inspire some of their lives and hope that circus can help find who they are as it did for me when at 11.

4th Transnational Project Meeting of the KA2 Erasmus+ Project “Rebuilding the Lives in the Land of Hope”

Under 25-26 oktober 2017 var IFALL närvarande i Ostrow Wielkopolski, Polen, för det 4: e transnationella projektmötet i KA2 Erasmus + -projektet “Rebuilding the Lives in the Land of Hope”. Alla projektpartner (Tuzla Halk Eğitimi Merkezi, Institute of Entrepreneurship Development (iED), Activita Association, Terra Vera, IFALL – Integration För Alla, T.C. Tuzla Kaymakamlığı, Cita di Magenta) träffade de 2 dagarna och diskuterade resultaten från det första året av projektet nästa steg för framtiden.

 

The Journey

Hey, my name is Simran and I’m one of the new IFALL volunteers.

My move from London to Örkelljunga began at 7:00 am, on a mildly chaotic Friday morning. I woke up feeling excited, terrified and detached all at the same time. However, underlying the roller coaster of emotions was a sense of calm because I knew that everything would be fine. I had a good feeling about IFALL and that was enough to hold my nerves. Although, this stillness was soon to be tested.

By 11:30, goodbyes had been exchanged with my family and I was on my way.

My journey here consisted of two flights and one bus ride. Everything was going smoothly until my first flight was delayed :/. Due to this I had just 15 minutes to get off the plane, pass through passport checks, run to a different terminal (with my rucksack and small suitcase), go through airport security and finally run to my gate. I made it with one minute to spare. THAT was complete and utter turmoil. Anyway, after making the shameful walk down the aisle and avoiding a mini meltdown I once again resumed my previous calm state.

By 20:30 pm I reached Örkelljunga Bus Station where I was greeted with a friendly welcome hug by Enes. This and the fact that a group of IFALL volunteers were waiting for me with tea and a delicious mud cake (that they had baked), told me I had made the right decision to come here. I could not have asked for a better welcome and I truly appreciate the warmth with which I was received.

Now I can’t wait to get stuck in and do some work!

Mentorskap För Män I ENA Projekt.

 

IFALL rekryterar manliga mentorer som är intresserade av att ge sitt stöd åt nyanlända män som är på väg in på den svenska arbetsmarknaden. Vi söker dig med erfarenhet från den svenska arbetsmarknaden för att bli mentorer i projektet ENA – Etablering av Nyanlända på Arbetsmarknaden. Projektet och mentorskapet kommer pågå under ett år med start i september.

Din roll som mentor kommer innebära att du är en hjälpande hand och är tillgänglig för en fika eller en pratstund med din adept. Du ska även kunna svara på enklare frågor om den svenska arbetsmarknaden – vad förväntas från arbetsgivare? Vilka oskrivna regler finns på en arbetsmarknad? Vad är viktigt att tänka på? Du och din adept får själva bestämma hur ofta ni träffas.

Ett första möte för samtliga mentorer kommer hållas den 26 oktober kl 16.00. Då kommer Socialförvaltningens arbetsmarknadsenhet informera om ENA och vad de personer som ingår i projektet kommer göra under året. Inbjudan till mentorsmötet skickas ut i oktober när adepterna har blivit utvalda av arbetsmarknadsenheten.

Anmälan

Välkommen med din ansökan senast den 13 oktober!

Anmäla genom klika HÄR

För mer information kontaka:

Maria Doschori Nordström, info@ifall.se 0738404344

Boel Skoglunds Integrationspris

För oss betyder integration sammanförande till en helhet. Integration är en dubbelriktad process som förutsätter växelverkan och samarbete med den övriga befolkningen. Under processen sker ändringar och inlärning i båda riktningarna. Integration är arbetet som för samman olika grupper.  Integration kan behövas till exempel mellan äldre och ygnre/majoritet och minoritet/svenkar och icke svenskar/man och kvinna.

Om ni tycker att det finns en person/grupp/förening/företag som gör stora insatser för att underlätta ingtegrationsprocessen i Örkelljunga vill vi att ni nominerar till oss genom att skicka ett mail till info@ifall.se med motivering. Ni kan nominera fram till och med den 13 oktober 2017.

Boel Skoglunds Integrationspris kommer att delas ut under Kulturdagen den 21 oktober 2017.

Integration för Alla – Alla för integration!

 

Encouraging Diversity – Prishtina, Kosovo

Encouraging Diversity – Prishtina, Kosovo

The Youth Exchange “Encouraging Diversity” gathered 34 young people together with the objective to directly face the problem of marginalization and poverty in Europe by building their media literacy.

Getting the right information, thinking critically and using language appropriately in different contexts are essential skills for full integration of the European youth in the 21st century. This is also a reason of why carryed out this project, especially as marginalization of groups over society is many a times a consequent process to higher unemployment rates and immigration issues.

Through non-formal learning methods, the participants learned about the media across our countries and compared how marginalized groups are presented. Instead of merely consuming media, they had the opportunity to express their own views on society.

The youth exchange Encouraging Diversity took place in Prishtina, Kosovo and strove to center the media in the hands of youth. It brought 30 young people from 5 program and partner countries (Sweden, Macedonia, Kosovo, Albania and Turkey) enabling them to focus on how the media portrays the marginalized groups across our countries. The youth met and work all together from 13th to 21th of July, 2017 in Kosovo where through non-formal learning methods, 27 participants along with their 7 group leaders examined, analyzed and contemplated what does it mean to be representative of a marginalized group. The youth exchange offered them the space to boost their media literacy, by recognizing how media builds “the picture of the other”.

The objective of the youth exchange was to raise the voice of marginalized groups across our societies, highlighting the true obstacles they face as result of the stigma put to them by “legitimate society”, or the society living within the margins.

Together with the Center for Economic and Social Development team as the hosting organization, participants and group leaders explored the realm of Prishtina armed with backpacks filled with simple journalistic equipment to aid them share stories of struggle and success of marginalized groups. All photos, videos, interviews, audio contents or other materials to be produced with local residents in Kosovo over this week-long event were re-produced and shared in form of articles at our websites and blogs. The participants and group leaders were stimulated to start reporting on marginalized groups from their countries before the exchange so they build a portfolio of work and start gathering knowledge that they used for comparison once they were in Kosovo and mingling with their peers from the other countries.

The method of “backpack journalism” is aimed at both young people with some journalistic experience and those without. Participants succeed as long as they are eager to face the challenge of being dropped into a new environment, working creatively with a team and using simple audio/photo/video devices to interview locals.

The youth exchange aimed to promote equal citizenship for everyone across our communities, to bring awareness among the young people that there is a big difference among those living within the margins and those living on the margins of society and that this obstacle can be overcome with mutual efforts. As the participants were working in groups, each of the groups produced in the end creative article contents highlighting the struggles and successes of those living on the margin, launching in our cultural spheres true food-for-thought that strived to unravel the stereotypes.

Filmprojektet gör nu en sammanfattning av vad vi gjort det första halvåret i projektet  REFLEKTERA! FILMA! SPRIDA!

De första månaderna gick åt till att förbereda sig och delta i sociala aktiviteter för att bygga förtroende mellan ensamkommande barn, projektledare och samhälle. Varje vecka har IFALL haft återkommande aktiviteter med många deltagare. Exempel på aktiviteter är; språkstöd, idrott för olika målgrupper (kvinnor, mammor och barn, barn och ungdomar, alla), English speaking café, volleyboll, fotboll, cirkus och voltige, våffelkväll, teaterworkshops. Vi har även besökt UC flera gånger och lärt känna elever där. Även på Hjelmsjövik har vi haft sammankomster.

 

Under hela februari hade vi en utställning på biblioteket om filmprojektet och svenska immigranter i Amerika för 100 år sen. Filmgruppen filmade skolkompisar som sa Hej och välkommen till Sverige! på sina egna språk.

Projektgruppen och volontärer har även provat på Green screen, medverkat på Kulturdagen, haft internationella kvällar och fotbollscup med inbjudna lag från andra kommuner. Vi har arrangerat filmkvällar, bjudit in arabisk teater, deltagit i Örkelljunga-dagarna, gått i parad på nationaldagen och ordnat olika aktiviteter under jul-, sport- och påsklov.

Filmprojektet har byggt musikstudio på Hjelmsjövik, men även köpt in filmteknik. Vi har arrangerat utbildning i KASAM och filmkunskap. Varje måndag har vi filmmöte.

 

Projektet REFLEKTERA! FILMA! SPRIDA! har startat egen youtube-kanal, delat ut adventskalendrar, gjord webbsida, broschyrer, logga och roll-ups. Vid uppstarten var projektgruppen med i tidningen Helsingborgs Dagblad.

I tidningen Aftonbladet, en av Sveriges största kvällstidning, skrev sportjournalisten Erik Niva om Åshöjdens BK och det faktum att Åsljunga (i Örkelljunga kommun) är förebild för Max Lundgrens böcker. Örkelljunga firar att boken skrevs för 50 år sedan. Bokens jag är Jorma, ett krigsbarn från Finland som hittar gemenskap och vägen till sig själv och sina egna värderingar via fotbollen. Niva intervjuade IFALL:s Ali Angora som är fotbollsföreningens egen Jorma. Detta gav Ali, Niva, Örkelljunga och oss stor publicitet.

 

Ifall är med i Örkelljungas Samverkansråd för integration och har även deltagit i DUA-konferens. (DUA = Delegationen för Unga till Arbete är regeringens satsning för att sänka ungdomsarbetslösheten genom utveckling av lokal samverkan mellan kommuner och Arbetsförmedlingen)

En av grundarna till föreningen, diakon Boel Skoglund, avled under året  och vi var många som deltog i begravningen. Med detta fick vi också möjlighet att prata om hur en begravning i Sverige går till.

I föreningen IFALL finns många EVS-volontärer som också finns tillgängliga och stöttar i filmprojektet. Just nu har vi EVS-deltagare från Litauen, Italien, Turkiet, England, Wales, Portugal och Mallorca.

Vi började filma med 5 ensamkommande ungdomar i mars. Filmgrupperna träffades två gånger i veckan. Den 25 mars hade vi film-gala och visade alla filmer inför en publik på cirka 45 personer. Det blev succé och filmerna inspirerade andra till att också vilja börja filma.

 

Nu är det dags för sommaraktiviteter och vi hoppas att vi får träffa er alla där!

Och kom ihåg att säga till oss om ni vill göra film med oss!