Sebastian’s Introduction

Good morning IFALL,

I’m Sebastian & along with Madhavi I’ve been brought from Australia to facilitate social circus in your neighbourhood.
It’s my third day in Sweden as I write this & I imagine you might like to know a little about me.
I’m almost fifteen years into my circus practice and I started with a community program like the one we’re setting up here. It’s called Slipstream Circus, it’s based in Tasmania & it’s still going strong.

For me, the most exciting thing about circus at the time was that it provided a non-competitive, playful way of making my body active and enjoying moving around, where I had difficulty engaging with the social environment present in organised sports.
There’s also the performance element; people come to the circus ready to experience wonder & delight, and that gives the performer permission to be powerfully vulnerable, and to depart from everyday normality in the service of the story & the feeling the show creates.
It’s like getting to participate in a live-action fairytale.

From that beginning, I’ve been involved in various other community circuses around the east coast of Australia; I trained in physical theatre in Brisbane with Zen Zen Zo, who use techniques developed for dance in New York & for actors in Japan, and contemporary circus with C!RCA also in Brisbane, with whom I was part of their youth performance troupe.

I studied history of theatre & continued my studies of physical theatre & circus in New South Wales, and then moved to Melbourne where I undertook intensive training with the National Institute of Circus Arts.
In between all of this I have been immersed in constant self-training and intensive classes through festivals like the excellent Tasmanian Circus Fest and individual tutoring.

In 2012 I performed in the Melbourne Fringe Festival in a shock theatre show with Bohemia Cabaret Club, was given mentorship opportunities with the owners and directors of that club & founded my own Lamplight Circus through which I have brought shows to Australia’s Adelaide Fringe Festival three years running, the Melbourne Comedy Festival & uncounted smaller parties, festivals and events.

In 2015 I had the chance to travel to England, Ireland and France to network within the industry and research the professional environment, and since returning to Australia I have been hosing nightclubs, teaching with Westside Circus (the organisation which sent Madhavi and I to join IFALL), modelling and performing whenever possible.

I adore Europe, and have been longing for a very long time to have more adventures internationally.
Now that I am here I intend to see as much of your wonderful country as possible, make myself useful & make as many contacts as possible while teaching, performing and improving my arts practice.

Life as an Aussie in EVS

2018….! How time flies. I’ve been here for exactly two months, quite a lot has been accomplished. In the last two months of 2017, my work colleague Sebastian and I have helped produce a musical with the children from Caprifolen; replacing their vaulting scenes with circus. We only had a short amount of time in total to work with the students specifically to prepare them for the musical and it was a success. They could pick up on skills and performance very quick which made it easy to teach and to make progress.

In return of us teaching them circus, they would teach us vaulting, which I enjoy very much and it is a dream for me to combine circus and horses together as I have a passion for horse riding and circus.

We have also been teaching at a School In a different village to younger children for four weeks, who have asked for us for another four weeks. One of the things I love about teaching is building the connections with the students. It can be a bit awkward and difficult at first with shyness but once the students start to get to know us and trust us, it is easier for us as trainers to connect with them.

Teaching the refuge children is a bit more of a challenge as we are trying to implement rules and boundaries that they are not so used to in the space we use. But over the last 2 months we have made so much progress and the children are starting to follow and understand our rules. And once again, we have started to build a relationship with the children that come to our ‘sports and circus for all’ which is always great. Our next goal while we are here is preparing another musical, which the aim is to involve the refuge children with the Caprifolen vaulting students.

On my personal sides of things, I have met lots more people and have built a stronger relationship with the people i had first met. I have made a few trips to Helsingborg with my work colleagues who I can call my close friends.  I am now  part of a Swedish family who I enjoy spending my time with and love bringing joy too, and I go horse riding every week which means nothing else but the world to me.  I have learnt so much being here and I can’t wait to see what I become at the end of my work here.

My first days in Orkelljunga…

My first week in Orkelljunga was too fast! Different culture, many feelings, meeting new people.

I came here by plane from Istanbul to Copenhagen. The night before come here I was excited, cause I’ll be almost a whole year far of my country, family and friends. After a long way by plane and car, I arrived to Orkelljunga. When we came to home, our teammates were there. And this was the first time when I met them.

Next day was my first day in the office, a lot of information and met other teammates. We are almost 14-15 people here from different country. That is perfect. Cause always loved to meeting different culture. After the meeting we went to Circus&Sports activities with other volunters. I played football with immigrant childs. They were so happy and that made me happy.

My second day in the office was very busy. We had an event and we ıntroduce new game(the name is Net Net) our visitors. It was a nice event where everyone is having fun, eating foods..

The weekend was full of work and fun. So I wont tell you what I do, day by day J
The place is very quiet and cold, people are so polite, friendly and lovely. I made a right decision that I came here! I am so excited of the rest of my year here ! Now I got some work to do, I gotta go, see you J

Kadın olmak – Be a woman.

For English please scroll down

Türkçede bekaretin bozulmasıyla eş anlamda kullanılan, dişi kişinin önüne sürekli engeller çıkartan durumdur. Karşınızdaki bir grup insanın “sen kadınsın, elinin hamuruyla bulaşma” bakışı, deyişidir. Çocukluktan itibaren yaşıtımız erkekler sürekli şımartılırken bizim sürekli  “sen uslu uslu otur” laflarini işitmemizdir. Ergenlik döneminin bile bizlere bir darbe vurmasıdır. Erkeğe gururla erkeklik duygusunu aşılarken, kadına utancın kalmasıdır. Farklı olanı isteyememektir. Çocukluğunu yaşamayadan büyümektir. El yazımızın güzel olmasının beklenmesi durumudur. Erkekler daha rahat sohbetler ederken, kadınların ağzından çıkacak en küçük argo kelimede yada hakkını arayıp sesini yükseltmesinde “sana hiç yakışmıyor, sen bir çiçeksin, hanımefendisin vs.” konumuna getirilip narin, kırılgan, güçsüz bir varlık olarak topluma empoze edilmemizdir. Sadece hemcinsimizle arkadaş olmamızın beklenmesidir. Erkek arkadaşımız varsa da onun yanında da hanım hanımcık biri olmamızın istenmesidir. Kendi vücudumuz üzerinde bizden başka herkesin laf söylemeye hakkının olmasıdır.

Kadın ve  erkeğin ayrıldığı ortamlarda (cenaze, cami, spor salonları vs) kendini oradan oraya sürüklenen bir eşya gibi hissetmektir, olurda yanlış bir tarafta durmuşsan o an yerin yarılmasını istemendir. Yalnız başına araç kullanırken güvensiz, her yerde duramayan bir duyguyla seyahat etmek durumunda kalmandır, bunu da genelde kadın olduğun için hissetmendir. Olurda otoyolda bir lokantada durup, içerisine girdiğinizde -güzel kavramı olmaksızın- tek kadın siz olduğunuz için istisnasız herkesin çekinmeden size bakmasıdır.

Hepimiz birçok sorun yaşıyoruz. Belki de bunlardan en basiti, en sıradanı olarak görebileceğimiz bir örneği dile getirmek istiyorum;

Geç olmayan bir saatte akşam yedi sularında gayet merkezi bir yerde, kalabalık bir trafiğin ortasında yaşlı bir amca tarafından otobüs beklerken tacize uğramış, korktulmuş, huzursuz edilmiş arkadaş(lar)ım var. Tek suç(lar)u kadın olmak. Okulundan evine dönmek. O adamın, birini böylesine huzursuz, rahatsız edebilme hakkını kendinde görebilme konusunu tartışmadan önce, “bu gibi durumlarda neler yapabiliriz” gibi kendimizce çözümler ürettik sadece. O ve onun gibilerin bizleri rahatsız edebilme hakkını sorgulamadan evvel yaptığımız ilk şey. Kadın olmanın ilk zorluğu bu işte. Hayatta kalmak için uyum sağlaması, mücadele etmesi, daha da kötüleşen koşullar için yeni taktikler geliştirmesi gereken taraf biz kadınlarız. Tabiki verdiğim bu örnek en küçüğü. Daha da kötüleri yapılıyor, görüyor ve duyuyoruz hep birlikte. Bu evrede de kendi başımıza, çevremizdeki kadınların başına, hiç tanımadığımız kadınların başına gelenleri kıyaslama ihtiyacı duyuyoruz. Bu olayları, acıları kıyaslamak kadar iğreti ve iğrenç bir şey var mı onu da bilmiyorum ama yapıyoruz. Çünkü biliyoruz; bu gibi olayların olmama ihtimali yok, sadece daha da kötülerinin olma ihtimali var. Bu da ikinci zorluk zaten.

Yoksulluk, şiddet ve gelenekler nedeniyle dünyanın her yerinde milyonlarca kız çocuğunun baskı altında yaşadığı gerçeği, çocuk yaşta evlendirilenler, tehlike altındaki kız çocukları, tecavüzlerin, tacizcilerin dışarıda gezip kadınların suçlanması, kürtaj tartışmaları, şiddet gören kadınların korunamaması, kadın cinayetleri, eğitimden mahrum bırakılma gibi insanı delirten saçma sapan birçok konu var. Aslında bunlar sadece kadının yaşadığı zorluklar değil bunlar toplumun sorunları bir bakıma. Ne istediğini / istemediğini bilen ve bunu ifade edebilen bilinçli bir kadınsanız bir nebze daha kolay, bilakis gayet de avantajlı birşeydir. Ama birçok kadın tanıyorum derdini anlatamayan! Eğer anlatırsa da yaftalanan!  Seviyorum demek istediğinde yargılanan. Evlilik için baskı yiyen, evlenmek istemeyince suçlamalara, iftiralara maruz kalan. Aile baskısı bunların en başında geliyor çoğu durumda. Ataerkil, baskıcı, araştırmayan, sorgulamayan bir toplumda yaşıyor olmaktan kaynaklı, dünya kadar sorun sayılabilir elbette ki.

Böyle sorunlara dikkat çekmek, bu konularda bilinçlenmek ve dezanavantajlı gruplara yardım etmek adına Silvia gibi projelerde yer almak, bu işin bir parçası olmak umut veren adımlar doğrusu.

Zeynep Budak(23), ANKARA

 

It is a situation in Turkish that is used synonymously of lose of virginity. In some areas, a group of people in front of women say that “You are a woman, this is a man’s job.” Since childhood, boys are constantly being pampered by their surroundings, but parents want to be well-behaved from their girls. Even puberty hits girls. It is a shame for the woman but it is a manhood with pride for men. It is expected that women’s handwriting is better than men’s handwriting. While men chatted more comfortably but women are not.  In the smallest slang word out of women’s mouth and men are saying like that, “this is not you, you are a flower, you are a lady”. Men bring women to  delicate, fragile, powerless positions on the world. It is just to be expected that women are friends with same gender friend.  Everyone has a say on women’s own body except women.

It feels like a drifting thing from there to the place where the woman and the man place (funeral, mosque, sports halls, etc.), and if you are stopping on the wrong place, you want to die.  When you drive a car alone, you have to travel with insecurity, an uncomfortable feeling everywhere, and you will feel like that because you are a woman. If you stop on the highway and go to a restaurant, everyone will look at you badly, even you are ordinary or simple.

We all have many problems. But especially we, the women, need to adapt to survival, struggle, develop new tactics for even worse conditions. There is the fact that millions of girls all over the world have been under pressure because of poverty, violence and traditions.

There are many nonsensical issues that are puzzling people such as child marriages, endangered girls, rape, sexual abuse, abortion debates, violence against women, murder of women, deprivation of education. In fact, these are not just the difficulties that women experience, but those social problems.

If you are a conscious woman who knows what do you want / does not want and can express it, it is a little easier and advantageous. But I know a lot of women can not tell anyone their trouble. If you tell someone, you can be a liar.

It is a hopeful step to take part in projects such as Silvia to draw attention to such problems, to become conscious of these issues and to help disadvantaged groups.

“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.

 

SILVIA BLOG

Here you can find blog posts from the beneficiaries of the project.

Find out something new from the participants in SILVIA and their experiences.

 

Sexual Harassment – Sweden- by Simran Dhillon
Be a woman – Turkey – by Zeynep Budak

 

 

 

 

 

 

If You’re Not Outraged, You’re Not Paying Attention – Sweden – Anonymous
In Venice the first restaurant opened and managed by migrants – Italy -anonymous

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I allow myself to – France – Anonymous
The Consequences of Discrimination – Sweden – By Madhavi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We Are Alone – Croatia – Anonymous
4 girls
kafamiza-gore-after-our-own-heart – Turkey – Anonymous

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!

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