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November 2016

This month we want to focus on women's empowerment and gender violence. On 25th of November it was the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and many manifestations and events took place all over the world. In this newsletter you will find data, infographics and events organised by SCI branches, useful to understand how big the phenomenon is. #stopviolenceagainstwomen

Voices of Volunteers
PATH and Building Bridges meetings in Budapest
Seeds of Peace
"Los Otros", a seminar against stereotypes
Join our team!
Stop #ViolenceAgainstWomen
Where IS has been last month? 

Voices of Volunteers

Volunteer stories from all over the world: an environmental piece from Australia, a welcome from Finland, a report from SCI's Social Inclusion Working Group YUWG, an experience from Malaysia, memories from a summer camp in Slovenia and a voluntary story from Switzerland.

PATH and Building Bridges meetings in Budapest

Last weekend the members of the PATH project and the Building Bridges campaign teamed up in Budapest for a coordination meeting. Both PATH and Building Bridges focus on refugee related topics, PATH on learning lessons from the forced migration in the past and Building Bridges on cooperation, knowledge sharing and raising awareness about refugee issues. The meeting was successful and gave direction to future work. Main areas of work were identified and tasks distributed to the team members.

Seeds of peace

SCI activists were busy planting this year! The 3rd phase of GAIA MicroGrants came to an end in November after 8 projects were implemented in India, South Africa, Germany, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Estonia, Bangladesh and Mauritius. Each project received financial support of up to 500 euro and peer-to-peer mentoring by members of the program team. Read more. 

“Los Otros“ a seminar against stereotypes

From 30 October until 5 November 2016 participants from SCI branches and partners from all around Europe met in Madrid to discuss and develop the complexities of stereotypes. SCI Madrid and the SCI Pool of Trainers and Facilitators organised the seminar "Los Otros: How to prepare young people do deal with their own stereotypes".

Join our team!

We have an exciting opportunity to cover the maternity leave of our International Coordinator (IC) at the International Secretariat of SCI, in Antwerp, Belgium. The duration of the contract is fixed term, preferably starting no later than February 1st 2017 until the current International Coordinator ends maternity leave (minimum until end of August 2016), with possible prolongation. You can find the detailed explanation of the IC responsibilities, the expected candidate profile, and other relevant information in the full call. The International Executive Committee of SCI will start evaluation of applications from 12th December 2016, shortlisted candidates will be contacted to schedule interviews.

Stop #ViolenceAgainstWomen

25th of November is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and even today a lot of people, unfortunately, underrate the problem. The United Nations defines violence against women as "any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or mental harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life”. Global estimates published by WHO indicate that about 1 in 3 (35%) women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime. According to the COE women aged 15- 44 are more at risk from rape and domestic violence than from cancer, motor accidents and malaria.


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