Through the Human Library to respect for dignity and human rights
Outcome:
human rights
Organization:
City (headquarters):
Warszawa
Voivodeship (headquarters):
mazowieckie
Dates:
31-01-2022 - 31-01-2022
Status:
in progress
Project cost:
27 000 EUR
Funding:
27 000 EUR
Outreach:
local
Types of activities:
educational activities, watchdog activities
Target groups:
persons experiencing homelessness, local community

Reports on research findings and press reports have been drawing attention to the deteriorating situation with regard to intolerance, aggression, and violation of human rights in recent years. The ill-feeling that has developed is deepening divisions and is a foundation for grievances or a feeling of superiority. As a society, we are becoming increasingly divided and incapable of dialogue. One venture that can build dialogue in the public sphere is the Human Library.

The project envisages organising and running five Human Libraries in Warsaw, which will be attended by 200 people. A Human Library is a sphere for direct contact and discussion with persons who represent minority groups or groups that face discrimination, such as persons who experience homelessness or violence, LGBTQ+, and members of religious minorities. The project also encompasses events that complement the Human Library, aimed at raising public awareness. These events also prepare volunteers to start this initiative in future. Another measure is improving people’s communication skills when homeless by involving them in a series of story-telling workshops. In addition, monitoring will be conducted under the project to compare discrimination prevention measures in three cities in Poland: Warsaw, Gdańsk, and Wrocław. A report with recommendations for local government authorities in large cities will be produced due to this monitoring.

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