Breathe. Regeneration of minority activists.
Outcome:
human rights
Organization:
City (headquarters):
Szczawnica
Voivodeship (headquarters):
małopolskie
Dates:
30-09-2022 - 30-09-2022
Status:
in progress
Project cost:
77 140 EUR
Funding:
75 000 EUR
Outreach:
nationwide
Types of activities:
educational activities, self-organization / self-help, networking
Target groups:
activists / community leaders

The members of human rights organizations, of which there are approximately 200 in Poland, are mostly members of minorities. As the political smear campaign against some minorities intensifies, these persons are paying a higher price than others for their commitment to social activities. Human rights activists are more likely to pay the price of their minority identity being revealed, feeling unsafe, being subjected to violence due to prejudice, and experiencing stress and activist burnout. In the smaller, more conservative towns, these activists face an even greater risk of burnout than in the large centers. They have insufficient support and contacts, and the surrounding community can be closed and discriminate against them.

The project envisages awareness-raising, support and networking activities for human rights activists from groups that face discrimination (discrimination on the grounds of gender, sexual orientation, physical capability, immigrant/refugee status, neurodivergent, etc.). Under the project, human rights activists from discriminated minorities will have available to them online and conventional support and networking groups, workshops, psychological support, webinars, podcasts, newsletters, mini-publications, and a human rights activism regeneration handbook. The project will also be a source of information on the specific nature and challenges of anti-discrimination activism in the broader activist community in the third sector.

The project will be an aid in empowerment and networking of activists in various minority groups, increasing their motivation to continue working, and preventing those people leaving the groups, discrimination prevention organizations, and movements.

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