OPEN CALL | Stories of women : Giving a voice to the unheard

The IUSY Feminist working group is starting the implementation of its roadmap developed during the last meeting (September 17-24 2017, Mollina, Spain).

The first planned activity is to create a quarterly thematic journal on feminism and related themes. The first edition is planned to launch on November 25th, 2017 on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

We would like to collect stories/articles on the theme of gender based violence. We want to speak up about the issue by sharing our stories, celebrating those who have survived and connect to each other by working together for transformation and peace. The power of storytelling is valuable as a strategy for raising awareness, empowering and inspiring change.

IUSY Feminist working group is calling for submission of stories from feminist activists from IUSY member and partner organisations from Africa, South and North America, Asia-Pacific, Mediterranean, Europe (Balkans and Black Sea Cooperation Area).

We are seeking stories that respond to this prompt as a strategy for shedding light on:

  • The value of women in the movement to end gender-based violence,
  • The strength and perseverance of feminist activists and advocates in the face of challenging times

Submission guidelines:

  • Stories should be written from your point of view (first person/ “I” statements),
  • Stories should be between 2-4 pages including the photo of the author(s).
  • We encourage everyone who has a story on the topic to submit them especially individuals from traditionally marginalized and oppressed groups, including advocates of color, non-English speaking, immigrant, indigenous, Deaf, trans-identified, gender nonconforming, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and living with disabilities.
  • Creativity in storytelling is welcomed!

Submissions are due 10 November, 2017 in Word format via email to: iusy@iusy.org with the subject line “Stories of women_full name”.

Authors of submitted stories will be informed about the selection results within a week after the deadline. Selected stories will be published in IUSY website, social media and shared among IUSY member and partner organisations. Stories will lead IUSY Feminist working group in drafting a resolution on gender based violence for the next IUSY Congress that will take place in the beginning of January 2018.

We are looking forward to receive your story!

IUSY Feminist working group

#IUSY110: Apply to take part at the IUSY Global Seminar 2017

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Dear comrades, we are happy to invite you all to the upcoming IUSY Global Seminar 2017 ” #IUSY110 collective prospectives for our political commitment”.

The Global Seminar #IUSY110 is organised together with Swedish Social Democratic Youth League within the framework of the IUSY/SSU/OPC Global Project. It will be held in Stockholm (Sweden) from the 5th to the 8th of October.

The IUSY Global Seminar #IUSY110 will gather together the leaders of IUSY member organisations and representatives from the districts of the Swedish Social Democratic Youth League (SSU).

The aim of #IUSY110 will be to provide to the Member Organisations and to the SSU representatives a platform where discuss how to rethink our political commitment in this difficult historical moment for the left.

We have major issues affecting our world that are marginalising a growing number of people. How can we become more efficient and more influent in the decisional processes at local, national and international level?

Each IUSY member organisation may send one participant to #IUSY110.

Every applicant must register through the application below providing all of the requested information.

Participants must apply below using the online registration forms by Friday 15th September 2017 at 23:59 CEST. Participants must be able to attend the entire programme of the seminar. All participants must be aged 16-35 years old, with no exceptions. The participants will be gender balanced, therefore IUSY reserves the right to ask organisations to identify an alternative participant if the overall participation in the seminar is not gender balanced.

Please find attached the Invitation letter and the first version of the technical details.

Apply here to participate to #IUSY110:

IUSY Feminist and LGBT Working-groups meetings

Dear comrades,
we have the pleasure of inviting you to the forthcoming IUSY Feminist and LGBT* working group meetings “Collective Identities: Political dimension” that will take place in Mollina (Malaga) Spain from 17th-24th September 2017. 

This year’s IUSY Feminist and LGBT* working groups meetings will take place within the framework of the University of Youth and Development (UYD) which is an activity organised by the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe (NSC). This year’s theme of the University is Global Identities. 

Please, find attached the invitation letters for both meetings. Note, that those are two different activities taking place in parallel. We kindly ask you to read the invitations attentively, since it provides a lot of useful information for the participants, criteria for participation as well as the links to the registration. We encourage you to disseminate the call among the activists of your organisation who are engaged with the theme of the working groups. 

The deadline for registration is 28th July 2017.

Should you have any questions regarding the activity, please don’t hesitate to contact the Project Manager in charge of the meetings (Gohar – gohar.ghandilyan@iusy.org) or the IUSY secretariat (iusy@iusy.org).

We are very much looking forward to receiving your applications!

Invitation IUSY Feminist Working group

Invitation IUSY LGBT* Working group

#YouthInAction – Day 1

#YouthInAction – videolog day 1

Videolog from our 1st day of our training course on how to promote active citizenship and democracy.International activity organised with Young European Socialists and hosted by Sozialistische Jugend Deutschlands – Die Falken.Supported by Council of Europe – European Youth Foundation.#YOUTHINACTION

Posted by IUSY on Thursday, June 1, 2017

Videolog from our 1st day of our training course on how to promote active citizenship and democracy.
International activity organised with Young European Socialists and hosted by Sozialistische Jugend Deutschlands – Die Falken.
Supported by Council of EuropeEuropean Youth Foundation.
#YOUTHINACTION

Training course on promoting active citizenship and democracy

The main aim of the project is to increase the engagement of young people in the policy debate on issues relevant to them, their influence on the outcomes of the decision-making and their active part in the democratic process.

Objectives of the course:

  • Organize a debate and learning program for young people and youth organizations to explore the reach of democratic participation and, in particular, their role in the society.

  • Discuss and outline the issues of particular concern to young people and their response and proposals for solutions.

  • Provide an opportunity for young people and youth organizations to cooperate and combine their efforts in order to be able to support each other in the struggle for their rights.

  • Explore the tools and mechanisms for young people and youth organizations to increase their presence in the society and their influence on the democratic process.

Participants profile

  • Grass root youth activists from IUSY/YES partner/member organizations
  • Interested in the topic of active citizenship and democracy
  • Interested in developing follow-up proposals on the topic

How to apply

To make sure that everyone has equal chance in participating, participants must apply via the online application form.

DEADLINE for the registration is May 15th, 2017.

The final confirmation will be sent to all participants within 2 days after the deadline of the registration.

Eligible member/partner organizations per country

Country

Number of participants

Albania

2

Armenia

1

Austria

1

Belarus

1

Belgium

1

Bosnia and Herzegovina

1

Croatia

1

France

2

Georgia

1

Germany

1

Hungary

2

Republic of Moldova

1

Montenegro

1

Netherlands

1

Norway

1

Poland

2

Serbia

1

Slovenia

1

Spain

2

Sweden

1

Turkey

2

Ukraine

1

United Kingdom

2

Costs

There is no participation fee for the project. Travel, accommodation, and food will be fully covered by the project.

Arrivals and Departures

Day of arrival for the activity is the 31st of May and day of departure is the 5th of June.

Please make your travel arrangements accordingly and do not forget that IUSY will not be able to cover accommodation or any other additional expenses for participants who need to stay additional nights.

Invitation letter and travel details (.pdf)

Application close on 15th of May

The EU-Turkey agreement it’s not the migration policy that we need!

European Union - Turkey agreement it's not the Migration policy that we need!

Today, it is one year since the deal between the European Union and Turkey on relocation of refugees came into force.

In the absence of a functional relocation scheme within the European Union, a deal was forged that would effectively push back refugees to Turkey, deemed a safe third country. There are, however, numerous reports from leading human rights organisations that Turkey is not safe for refugees (source: HRW, Amnesty International).

The European Union – Turkey deal decreased the amount of crossings along the so called Eastern Mediterranean route from Turkey to Greece. However, the number of migrants trying to reach Europe via the so called Central Mediterranean route from North Africa to Italy increased . The latter route is considerably more dangerous than the former, leading to new deadly records each year. More than 5000 migrants lost their lives in the Mediterranean in 2016  – more than any previous year. In the first two months of 2017, the death toll in the Mediterranean is already higher than in previous years. The vast majority of these victims were attempting to reach Italy (source: IOM).

One year later, we regret to note that the EU-Turkey deal has worsened the already dire situation of thousands of displaced persons. Furthermore, deals modeled on the EU-Turkey deal with even less stable countries, like Libya and several countries in North Africa, threaten to lock up vulnerable people in inhumane situations. We, therefore, demand the following:

1. The urgent implementation of a functional framework for the resettlement of refugees in the European Union. The size of the quotas must reflect the actual needs of protection of asylum seekers.

2. Sufficient support to countries of entry, in particular Greece and Italy, to ensure decent living conditions for refugees and the resources needed to expediently process asylum applications.

3. The abolishment of the Dublin-II regulation and an end to the nationalization of asylum policy in general.

4. The constitution of a European Agency for Asylum and Migration responsible for the examining of asylum applications. This agency has the responsibility to coordinate the national asylum agencies, increase the efficiency and grant for the rights of refugees by consistently applying existing European standards.

5. The creation of more legal channels of migration in order to save lives and reduce human trafficking by all EU Member States to commonly introducing a “humanitarian visa system” allowing refugees to enter the EU territory legally, and thus be able to seek asylum on humanitarian grounds upon arrival. The adoption of common criteria for these visas, and the enabling of asylum seekers to apply to all of the EU countries in any EU embassy by creating a common asylum policy at European level.

6. The revoking of the EU-Turkey deal and the halting of plans for other similar deals with third countries, such as with Libya, until there are guarantees that all agreements with third countries comply with the international humanitarian legal obligations of EU member states. The EU to work together to even out the differences in financial responsibility of member states in managing the external border in order to make sure that no country feel that it is necessary to outsource border control to non-EU countries.

7. The allocation of sufficient resources to the Asylum and Migration Fund, which will include the former asylum and refugee funds, in the EU Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020. The EU to ensure that the EU external aid priorities and fundings are coherent with the ones of the Asylum and Migration fund.

Signatories:

EFAy – European Free Alliance Youth
IFLRY – International Federation of Liberal Youth
IUSY – International Union of Socialist Youth
JEF – Young European Federalists
LYMEC – European Liberal Youth
YDE – Young Democrats for Europe
YEL – Youth of the European Left
YES – Young European Socialists
FYEG – Federation of Young European Greens

2nd Working group on Political economy

2nd working group on Political economy of IUSY and YES

Dear Comrades,

we have the pleasure of inviting you to the forthcoming:

IUSY / YES 2ND WORKING GROUP ON POLITICAL ECONOMY

What’s left of the economy

Riga, Latvia

18/21 May 2017

Overview

What: 2nd Working group on Political economy – Organised by IUSY and YES
When: 18-21 May 2017
Where: Riga, Latvia
Age: up to 35 years

Number of participants:

for Europeans: The number of participants is not limited for the period of the registration, however please note that due to high interest no more that 4 participants will likely to be selected. All delegations must be gender balanced.

for non-Europeans: up to 2 participants for each non-European Regional Committee (Asia-Pacific, Africa, America and Mediterranean)

Please note that the working language of the seminar will be only English.

Deadline for registrations:

for Europeans: Friday 28 April 2017 (23:59 CET)
for non-Europeans: Friday 14 April 2017 (23:59 CET)

All the participants must apply via the online form. Apply now
Outline

During our 2nd Political economy Working group seminar, we are going to evaluate the work that has happened so far, engage in discussions on various economic issues and draft a first campaign.

Our work so far has happened decentralized and mostly online. We want to use this opportunity to bring everybody, who participated in the process and everybody, who is interested in the political economy, together.

Theme

At the center of our seminar in Riga are the multiplier workshops on Friday. In five full day workshops on topics, including Tax evasion, International Labor movements, Socialist Utopia, Financial regulations, trade and development economics we will discuss these issues and our positions in depth and provide you with the necessary literature and methodical tools to reproduce the workshop in your local organization.

We want to facilitate knowledge about the political economy in all our member organizations and engage as many people into the work of our group on these important issues.

On Saturday, there will be two panel discussions, one including the Mayor of Riga, Nils Usakovs on “Socially responsible cities” between we are heading to the streets with Restart Latvia.

On the last day, we will develop and outline an international campaign and our next steps as a working group.

For any questions or remarks please don’t hesitate to contact the IUSY Secretariat at iusy@iusy.org or the YES Secretariat at office@youngsocialists.eu

We are very much looking forward to seeing you!

With best regards,

Alessandro Pirisi IUSY Secretary General
Lucie SusovaYES Head of Office

APPLY THROUGH THE ONLINE FORM:

INVITATION LETTER, PROGRAMME AND TECHNICAL DETAILS (.pdf file)

African Committee ’16 Statement on the Region

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The Africa committee meeting convened in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso from 15th -18th December 2016. The AFC under the theme “Democracy in Africa: The Importance of Youth Participation in Building Social Democracy”, comes at an opportune time when Africa is facing a backlash on the gains of democracy. The challenges faced by our continent are enormous and we, as young activists within our individual countries, must actively take up the mantle of ensuring that through activism and political campaigns, we call on our leaders to address these challenges. The meeting focused on Students and Youth Activism as a Catalyst for Democracy, the Challenges and Prospects for Women Leadership in Pursuit of Social Democracy, and the Promotion and Protection of Minority Rights in Africa.

AFC-resolution 2016 [en]