Cooperation and empowerment of activists in minority groups
Outcome:
human rights
City (headquarters):
Warszawa
Voivodeship (headquarters):
mazowieckie
Partners:
Social Cooperative Wola, Warszawa, Poland
Dates:
31-12-2021 - 31-12-2021
Status:
completed
Project cost:
30 609 EUR
Funding:
29 979 EUR
Outreach:
nationwide
Types of activities:
educational activities, networking
Target groups:
activists / community leaders, minorities

Members of minorities that are set apart due to a stigmatised characteristic (gender, skin colour, sexual orientation) experience minority stress, and this leads to chronic tension and a prolonged and chronic sense of vigilance. In addition, the present government has taken a negative stance towards various minority groups, and by cutting funding has reduced the capacity to provide support for people of this kind. Minority group activists who are visible in the public sphere are especially vulnerable to chronic stress, violation of human rights, and burnout.

The project includes psychological assistance in managing emotionally difficult consequences of activism from the position of someone who experiences discrimination, lessons on networking and building a broad coalition of people from various minority groups, and making use of tools for dealing with conflict. In addition, the project envisages measures to raise awareness of human rights and ways in which aid can be sought if human rights are violated. There will be three three-day workshops in the project; three sessions on psychological support for each attendee and networking meetings in between the workshops. The partner in the project, Spółdzielnia Socjalna Wola, will be responsible for enrolment of attendees in the workshops. 25 activists from all over Poland will take part in the project, from minority groups such as sexual minorities, immigrants, and people with disabilities. As a result of the project, the attendees will receive psychological support and will develop their skills in building deep democracy, dealing with the role of an activist, and long-term social conflict.

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