The workshop aimed at sensitizing volunteers from the local level to discrimination and racism. The main three takeaway messages were to raise awareness to their personal experiences regarding this topic within and outside of ESN, educate them on terminology to properly communicate about discrimination and highlighting the opportunities volunteering in ESN gives to address or advocate against discrimination.
The workshop was planned as outdoor activity to have a more calming environment to a sensitive topic. Using a quite corner of a park gave the participants the possibility to distance themselves if needed. Additionally, the workshop is planned for local volunteers with an existing trust basis. Talking about experiences connected to discrimination and racism can be difficult, thus it is important to consider the relation the participants have. Overall, the activity consisted of 3 parts:
1. Position yourself:
People should position themselves on an artificial scale depending on if they agree or disagree to a certain statement. They were asked to share the reasoning behind their position (if comfortable). The statements were about experiences they could have had in Denmark covering from integration to stereotypes to discrimination.
This activity should help to sensitize the participants to different forms and intensities of discrimination.
2. Clarifying terminology and development of discrimination up to hate crime
The participants learned und understood the definition behind the words stereotypes, prejudice, racism, discrimination, hate speech and hate crime. The connection between the words has been presented and the participants are now conscious of it. They learned the concept of the 'pyramid of hate'.
3. Developing strategies ESN Denmark or Copenhagen could use to raise awareness towards discrimination:
In breakout groups, different strategies should be developed and afterwards presented/ discussed in plenum. The groups were split into:
-Social Media campaign
This activity is part of the project:Developing Youth Voices