We are very happy to present our new IEC! 

We have four continuing members and four new members. Malgorzata (Gośka) Tur was re-elected as President, Rita Warleigh continues as Vice-President, and Alexandra Vasileiou was elected as Treasurer.  So-called ‘ordinary members’ who are actually all quite extraordinary, are Jackie Purves and Hemamali Perera both continuing their mandates, and newly elected Clara Giberga, Lisa Wevelsiep, and Bhupender Yadav. We look forward to a larger team with responsibilities being shared among more people.

The first IEC meeting in January in Antwerp was very productive.  Unfortunately Bhupender was unable to get a visa in time so he joined us by Skype as much as possible. 

Lisa introduced us to the process of Dragon Dreaming in which we dug deep into our fears and expectations.  Clara led a creative process for getting to know each other using an Instagram analogy. 

Our agenda was packed as usual but time was allocated for getting to know the staff and volunteers in the IS through a modified Human Library. We were pleased to have the chance to get to know Ettore and establish a good working relationship.

Tasks were reviewed and allocated with many new tasks identified and a few crossed off the list as completed.  The team spirit was positive, working practices were consolidated, plans put in place, meals shared, new members integrated and confidence boosted. We learned new cultural expressions like ‘bamboozled’ from Jackie, and ‘washing their faces’ from Clara.

Our personal aims for the year ahead were expressed as well as our aims for IEC.  Our legal responsibility is to manage the IS and to carry out the wishes of the movement as expressed through the ICM.  But of course we do much more than that.  And in case you have any special wishes or topics you think we should take care of, please let us know. 


Written by Rita Warleigh

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Gendered Realities is an Annual Work Plan funded by the European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe. The first activity is co-funded through a financial contribution through the Participation Programme of UNESCO. The Work Plan consists of 2 International Activities and 1 phase of Local Actions. The project is organized by an international project team in collaboration with volunteers from 12 project countries.

What’s the idea?

The Work Plan aims to understand better the different gendered realities existing in SCI activities. It will address the topic in SCI globally and focus on assessing how safe and inclusive our activities really are. It will support existing efforts of SCI members in the gender field, pool resources and particularly further the development of a toolkit (1 extensive English version; 3 translated short versions).

In SCI as a movement, and to (young) people we work with, we want to bring the topic into greater attention. With a better understanding of the situation and our needs, we will combat gender discrimination through preparing an international campaign and planning follow-up activities focusing on the inclusiveness and safety of SCI activities.

Expected overall project outcomes and outputs:

- Improved understanding of gendered realities in SCI, including existing assessment tools, partners approaches and used methodologies;
- Assessment tool to analyse SCI activities;
- Toolkit with practical methodologies to address gender inequality and discrimination (extensive version in English; 3 short versions in 3 local languages of Balkan countries);
- Local actions to combat gender stereotypes and discrimination through workshops and campaigning;
- Material and foundations for the launch of a “Gender Campaign” with wide range to inform and empower young individuals.

International Study Session on Gender (Tirana, Albania, 12 - 17 February 2019)

In February, a group of 25 participants from 11+ countries met to map and analyse existing efforts to address the gender topic within in SCI, in order to:
a. Find out what tools are currently available for assessing gender (inequality);
b. Organise teams to work on improving these tools for use throughout 2019 (and beyond);
c. Identify which tools are missing, and work on their creation;
d. Finalise a strategy for completing an assessment of SCI's activities.

Key outputs of the Session were:

- Connection of youth leaders/ volunteers in dialogue to explore and exchange approaches, experiences and tools related to gender inclusivity and discrimination;
- Focus on gender issues in the Albanian (and Balkan) reality;
- Development of a gender toolkit;
- Development of a new assessment tool for participants/ volunteers, and working on a self-assessment tool for organisations.

See the updates from the session here!

Gender Ambassadors:

Participants to the International Study Session will become “Gender Ambassadors” - volunteers/ coordinators/ experts motivated to carry on the assessment and/or to organize local activities who understand the (basics of) gender problematics.

Following the meeting in February, we aim to encourage all Gender Ambassadors to join the project in two possible ways:
a. Helping to carry out the assessment (building an Assessment Team to collect and/or analyse data);
b. Organizing/facilitating follow up activities (we will open a call for organizing 14 follow up activities (10 workshops; 4 workcamps) - we encourage partners to pitch their ideas

Volunteer Follow-Up Actions (Partner Countries/Global, March - October, 2019)

We will reach out to (young) people all over Europe with workshops, small awareness raising events and with Workcamps dealing with the topic of Gender, and meanwhile carrying out the assessment.
- Local actions: The project can support 4 actions with longer duration (5+ days e.g. Workcamps) and also 10 actions (1 day or shorter, e.g. workshops). The idea is that Gender Ambassadors try out methodologies in workshops or organize small awareness raising events together with partners or peers in their local communities.
- Assessment: The assessment tool, as output of the first activity, will be disseminated and used to gain a better understanding of the situation and safety of SCI activities.

See the call for actions here.

In the aftermath the Assessment Team and Project Team will will reflect different actions that took place and evaluate the outcome of the Assessment to identify target group(s) and suitable tools to draft a concept for an International Gender Campaign which will be followed up more closely in Activity 3, the Campaigning Training.

Campaigning Training (Rome, Italy, November 2019)

As a follow-up of the first two phases, we will meet with the Assessment Team and a wider pool of young activists from across the SCI network in order to develop capacities in communication and strategy to design and implement creative and wide-reaching campaigns. In the preparation we will evaluate the assessment and gather essential input on the campaign concept from broader SCI pool, in order to ‘bridge the gap’ between ‘gender experts’ and ‘others’ and make the campaign more accessible.

Expected outcomes will be:
- Equip volunteers to organize a major European campaign to mobilize (young) people outside SCI;
- Formulate the key message of the gender focus group with the intention to run a larger campaign across SCI in 2020.

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Name: Clara Giberga Fernández de Villarán

Working languages: Catalan. Spanish. English. Italian.

Nationality: Spanish.

Country of residence: Spain.

Short profile:

I am a youth activist in the fields of peace and feminism strongly convinced that education is the most reachable and powerful tool to non-violently transform our societies. For this reason, I chose to be a freelance trainer and facilitator at a local and international level.

Fields of expertise:

I have a curious nature and I like to explore and experience different topics and methods but the ones

Areas I feel more confident in are:

  • peace education and conflict transformation
  • gender and feminism
  • human rights
  • participation and volunteering
  • learning processes
  • organisational development
  • group processes facilitation from process work perspective
  • theatre of the oppressed
  • I am also a continuous learner on anti-racism and global justice.

Experience with SCI:

I started as an activist in SCI back in 2010, coordinating a workcamp in Catalunya after having

participated in a camp in 2008 with another organisation. Then I took part in a No More War Seminar in Albania and the combination of volunteering and pacifism stole my heart; so SCI Catalunya didn’t have to try too hard to kidnap me and this is how it all started.

At first, I was in charge of external representation in the National Youth Council of Catalunya; few months later I joined the board (and I am still part of it, being the president nowadays) and then together with some other activists we put energies to make SCI Catalunya grassroots grow bigger. When that happened we created the Education group which years after transformed into our local Pool of Trainers, which I am still part of; we also created a feminist group called “Akelarre Violeta”.

I was part of the No More War team for two years and especially in the last years I started joining ICMs and to follow more the international dimension of SCI. And when I manage I love continue doing workcamps!

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Year of birth: 1987


Name: Nicole Cornu

Working languages: English, German, French

Nationality: Swiss

Country of residence: Switzerland

Short profile:

I’m an experienced adult educator and project manager designing and facilitating trainings shaped to the wishes and needs of participants and/or organisations. Valuing diverse backgrounds and present wisdom in the group I create learning opportunities that are visionary as well as action-oriented.

Fields of expertise: Education for Sustainable Development, Global Citizenship Education, Education for Democratic Citizenship, Human Rights Education, Peace Education, Women’s Empowerment, strategy development, project management

Experience with SCI: Involved in the creation of the SCI Peace-Learning tool-kit for youth associations ( I co-facilitated training sessions on Peace Education within No More War workcamps. After having participated in several SCI workcamps I was for two years board member in SCI Switzerland.

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Year of birth: 1982

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Name: Dragana Jovanovska

Working languages: English, Macedonian, Serbo/Croatian

Nationality: Macedonian

Country of residence: Macedonia

Short profile:

I got into the NGO sector about 8 years ago with joining a student organization and focusing on fundraising and corporate relations. At one point I moved back to my home town and joined Center for Intercultural Dialogue (CID), that turned out to be a great move leading to life-changing experience.

I am now working as the executive director of CID, and I am an experienced educator working with non-formal education. As an educator and trainer, I have been working mainly with young people and young adults on local and national level, but for the past few years I am also active on the international level.

Besides the Trainer’s pool of SCI, I am part of the Pool of trainers of Youth for Exchange and Understanding (YEU International), and I was involved with the Pool of trainers of the National Youth Council of Macedonia. I am currently also working as an accreditor for volunteering projects with SALTO South East Europe.

As an educator, I am always trying to find new challanges and inspiration, therefore I am always eager to learn and develop. My newest challange is finding new ways to combine my formal education background in information technologies with non-formal education and youth work.

Fields of expertise: Human rights and human rights education, youth participation, youth policy,  inclusion, intercultural dialogue, radicalization, social entrepreneurship, fundraising and financial management, organizational development, project management, lobbying and networking, education for sustainable development and use of ICT in non-formal education

Experience with SCI:

I have been mostly involved with SCI by working with the SAVA working group, and since 2016 I have been part of the SAVA coordination team.

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Year of birth: 1991