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  • Final Editing: English speaking group

     

    Sunday 19th of February, in the framework of the Communi-action project, a Loesje training was held in Berlin. Around fifteen people, interessed in learning how to give a Loesje workshop were present.

    The day was composed of a session to define what is a good workshop, a creative text-writing workshop in German and in English, a session to learn to present Loesje and two final editing sessions: one in German and one in English. 

     

    In this day, two series of Loesje posters were created one in German and one in English.

    For example:

    - EVEN THE BEES GET LOST IN BETWEEN THE FLOWERS SOMETIMES

    - HOW MUCH GOOD FOOD CAN GROW IN THE SPACE OF A MCDONALD'S

    - LUFT IST NICHT UMSONST / UMSONST

    Check out the Poster Archive, the new posters are coming soon in English and in German! 

    Thank you to all participants!

     

    Final Editing: German speaking group

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    “TODAY I AM NEITHER MAN NOR WOMAN / BUT A MAGIC FISH

    Call for partners of Training Course with Loesje FI and Loesje Armenia
    2nd -8th of May, 2012 in Armenia

    In every country and culture, gender matters. People are not able to live their personal liberties, as they are being limited in different ways by the norm for gender. Many of us follow the rules of the norm so that we will not be bullied or punished in other ways for being different or wanting something else. Many of us have accepted the norm, and are gladly going along with it, but have never been encouraged to listen to our own wishes. In different ages, we have usually different problems. For youth who are just beginning to find their identity and stand on their feet, it is hard to be different from what parents, friends and school tell them to be, and stand up to the people you are dependent on.

    With this training aimed at youth workers, we try to deal with the question of norm around gender, but also other norms, which are closely linked with gender. These other norms are class, sexuality or ethnicity. All of these other categories change the conditions for a person, not only gender. Therefore, if we want freedom and peace for all, we need to also take these other categories of oppression in consideration when we study the question of gender inequality. In this matter, we will take a closer look at the term “intersectionality”, a concept used more frequently by NGO's.

    Hopefully, the youth workers will hopefully pass the questioning of stereotypes and prejudices in their work. We will share knowledge from our different situations and backgrounds. The norms are different in different regions. How is the norm around gender displayed specifically in our countries? What messages are youth getting from us and rest of society? We will try different method books that have been developed around gender, such as those in the Compass and methods directly connected with gender from an intersectional point of view. We will also take a very close look at ourselves. What actually are our opinions? What other opinions are there? How do we ourselves sustain or break the norm?

    The objectives of the project are: - To understand the concept gender, how it is related to other norms such as age, class and ethnicity, - to learn concrete methods and tools for questioning norms, - to encourage people to stand for their rights, - to share experiences around the subject between European and Partner countries, - to promote Loesje methods,


    Content

    The training will contain the following workshops:

    Norm-breaking workshops:
    • What does the norm around gender look like? How does it affect us personally? And how do we think it affects the youth we work with? How can gender be related to other oppressions, like if you are a woman in a certain age, class, skin colour or ethnicity and so on? We will use methods with intersectionality perspective and that also deals with power theory. In this section we are going to go through different method books

    Questions for participants to discuss that will be given before and during the training:
    • What are the laws and statistics in our countries, compared with the charter of Human Rights? What do we encounter as youth leaders, when it comes to gender inequality? How should we change our methods when we work with youth? Through different interactive exercises we will try to answer these questions. We will collect the results and share it with each other after the training.

    Loesje Creative Text-writing:
    • One day of text-writing sessions to create posters around gender.

    Team-building:
    • Ice Breaking and get to know each other
    • Energisers
    • Tour in local area.
    • Evening activity

    Practical details

    Finances: The participants will have to pay 30% of their travelling costs, and insurance. Everything else will be provided by the project.

    Duration: 6 days including arrival and departure day

    Time of Training Course2nd -8th of May

    Partners

    Programme Countries: (EU member states + Iceland Liechtenstein Norway Switzerland, Croatia, Turkey )

    EECA: (Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Belorussia, Russia, Ukraine, Moldova)

    MEDA: ( Egypt, Jordan, Israel, Lebanon, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, Palestinian Authority of the
    West Bank and Gaza Strip)



    Participants: 24 youth workers.

    Location: Dilijan, Armenia

    Preliminary Agreement

    If you find the project interesting for your organisation, then please send in the attached Preliminary Agreement signed and scanned to safaa@loesje.org at the latest on the 30th of January. And also the original by post to:

    Loesje International
    P.O. Box 910138
    12413 Berlin - Germany


    Thank you!
    Safaa Daoud, Loesje SE (Sweden) and Loesje FI (Finland), Project manager
    Number: +49-30-97882577      

    Hranush Shahnazaryan, head of Loesje Armenia
    Mail: hranush.shahnazaryan@gmail.com
    Number: +374 55 469909
  • Dates: 28.07 - 08.08.2011

    Place: Tronle, Bertogne, Belgium
    Venue: Gîte Le Baty (http://www.gite-lebaty.be/)

    Loesje’s Summercamp 2012 will happen in Belgium from the 28th of July until the 8th of August. Let’s all come together and discover a bit more about this country. Because yes, Belgium hold the world record of the longest period without an official government, but it is also the country of tremendous inventions (as roller skates), three official languages available (Dutch, French and German), delicious food (chocolate, biers and waffles) and, last but not least, European Union capital town.

    The gîte Le Baty is located in a tiny village called Tronle, near Bertogne in South East Wallonia in a region known for it nice forests and woods. We will be 60 km away from France and Germany, 10 km away from Luxembourg and 80 km away from the Netherlands. Pretty central for such a tiny village!

    At the gîte, we will find some habitable rooms, a big cooking area, a bar, 10 cosy sleeping rooms, a big play field, a piano, showers, toilets, an indoor fireplace and special area to play pétanque. There will be place to build up tents and woods all around.

    The program will be similar to last year's. Loads of interesting workshops - School of Freedom - where everyone can teach and show whatever he/she/whatever can or wants to share and people can attend whatever workshop they feel like to. In the evenings we will have either various, entertaining programs or some of our legendary parties, or likewise both of them, or free time, secret meetings, secret parties, secret other stuff…

    We can suggest various ways for traveling to Belgium

    > Hitchhiking: Free the hippie inside of you, grab a flower and go for it. Loads of long-distance truckers on the road. (Beware of burglary though - make sure that while they are stealing your bag, you steal their truck!)

    > Bike: Well: all depend from where you come! From Benelux countries, lands are flat and easy to ride, it could be a great summer trip…

     > Eurolines/Ecolines: Check yourself from where you'd like to depart, it's really doable. Big cities around are Liege (80km,Be), Maastricht (120km,Ne), Aachen (120km,Ge), Luxembourg (50km,Lu) or Metz (150km,Fr).

    > Train: The closest train station seems to be Libramont (24km from the gite), check the national railway company, the SNCB.

    > Local bus: There is the possibility of asking for bus upon request in the province where we will be. Here you can find more info (in French). We will probably make a group reservation in order to get to and go from the gite. http://www.infotec.be/index.aspx?PageId=634074614763892539

    > Plane: The fastest and environmentally most polluting way. We will be equal distance from Brussels and Köln/Cologne about 150km.

    > Carsharing: Look on the web to find people offering seats in their cars on Carpooling.com . There is possibility to search for “international” travels, from the Netherlands to Belgium for example :)

    > Car: You could put up a group to travel there by car.



    We are going to figure out how to get from the bigger cities around to the gite. We will either rent small buses or request one of the Tel-Bus.

    We really hope a lot of people can't resist the urge to come and we're looking forward to enjoying an unforgettable time with you guys! See you all in the summer! More information are following on this website, so keep tuned!

    All pictures ( except the map ) are authored by the team of Le Gite Le Baty. 

  • Sunday, 29 January, 2012 - 14:30

    Zondag 29 januari wordt er geschreven aan een nieuwe posterserie. Deze keer zal het in Mechelen te doen zijn. Komt allen, we hebben koekjes!

    Ook als je nog nooit eerder meegeschreven hebt, ben je welkom.

    Jeughuis DOEMA in Mechelen, vanaf 14u30.

    Oude Brusselsestraat 28
    2800 Mechelen

    Zie ook het kaartje hier:
    http://www.doema.be/wordpress/?page_id=219

     

    Het is handig als je op voorhand laat weten dat je komt, dan weten we namelijk of we 10 of 100 biccen moeten klaarleggen.

    belgie@loesje.org

  • We would like to invite you all to the Loesje International Assembly.

    All together, we will talk of the past year of Loesje International and reflect on the future. We will evaluate the past activities and define in which directions will would like to continue our actions. The assembly is open to everybody : the ones who are active members now, the ones who slow down a bit their Loesje activities or the ones who are motivated and want to get more deeply into Loesje actions.

     

    Come and be a part of Loesje future !

    Loesje International Assembly 
    starting the Saturday 17th of  March 2012 at 10:30am 
    ending Sunday 18 of March 2012 at 6:00pm
    at Loesje's Imagination,
    Karl-Kunger-strasse 55,
    10249 Berlin
  • On Sunday, the 15 th of January, 3000 people went out to the streets of Berlin not because the sun was shining but to protest for global change and a better world. Loesje and friends joined the movement Occupy Berlin which walked from the Roten Rathaus to close the Bundestag. 

      

    Unfortunately, police barriers prevented the demonstration to reach its final goal which was Platz der Republik. Nevertheless, the demonstrators didn't lose their motivation and stayed put listening to speeches given out by people that went up to the open microphones. Among them was Professor Angela Davis from Occupy New York, USA.

    This demonstration showed that the Occupy Berlin movement is not demotivated by the peaceful eviction of their Camp on the 9th of January and news about more actions taking place in May are starting to be circled around by the organizers.

     

    Many other demonstrations took place in the rest of Germany and worlwide. For more information about the Occupy movement, follow this link: www.occupytogether.org

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    This picture by Adrian Gutzelnig. The others by Safaa.

    Touching grounds in Tallinn was an amazing feeling. I had always wanted to travel to Estonia. We took the first best train to Keava, where we were going to spend maybe the best Summercamp in Loesje’s history (yeah yeah, everything is subjective!).

             

    Every year, people who like Loejse and/or work closely with her, meet somewhere in Europe and camp. We talk about the recent year, what we would like to do with Loesje in the nearest future, and just relax and hang out and have fun.  In 2011 we met in Keava, a little village one hour from Tallinn. No place could have been better for camping...

             

    The farm where we stayed was just simply amazing. Everything was built by the family that lived there. They had built a theatre stage, and an auditorium, as they used to have theatre camps for children. The kitchen was sheltered by a roof, but otherwise more or less out in the garden.  There were trampolines, swings, grill spots, cute cats and everything you could wish for, for having the best camping. A bit further away from the farm was a swamp, with a mud volley ball court. Very convenient! Not to mention the late night sweaty sessions in the tiny but cosy sauna that we heated with wood.

      

    The workshops were as usual diverse and interesting; SMS-haiku, Arabic and Esperanto lessons, massaging, watching RSA-animations, Kubb-game carpenting and many more. We also had a workshop in planning what more activities Loesje could do in the future. A summary of these will be put up on the website in the nearest future.

    And lastly, a repeated big thanks to Liisa who organized this year’s Summercamp, and the great hosts at the farm in Keava!

    Safaa

  • Photo by Juliana Zapata for CIVIS from http://www.intersektionalitet.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/IMG_0507.jpg

    During 29th-30th of November Safaa Daoud and Carola Ståhl at the international Loesje office attended a conference arranged by the peace organisation CIVIS in Gothenburg to discuss the concept “Intersectionality” and how it can be used by organisations that work with subjects such as gender equality, anti-racism, diverse sexualities and other categories that could be a target of oppressive norms. The organisation for the Swedish united anti-discrimination bureau lists seven categories that they focus on. They are religion, sex, gender, functionality, ethnicity, age and sexuality.

    Intersectionality is a term that was coined by scholars, from  the black working class feminist movement in the US. They were questioning the kind of feminism that was predominant then, which they thought only advocated for the rights of white middle class women. They believed that in general, we cannot only deal with one struggle against oppression within one norm. They rather saw that all predominant norms were intersected. All the norms enforce each other and are in need of each other to exist. Here is some easy reading about the term http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intersectionality_theory#

    A very interesting example that was given in one of the lectures by Paulina de los Reyes, one of the most distinguished scholars within intersectional research in Sweden, was the “Millionsvenska” or “Förortsvenska”. It is a name for the kind of Swedish that was created in the suburbs of the big cities of Sweden. The creators and speakers of this dialect are mainly young men and women, referred to as immigrants and un-educated youngsters coming from socioeconomically poor families. In other words, all bundled into the category, “ troublesome young immigrants from the suburb”. Millionsvenskan was picked up by a magazine called Gringo, which was dealing with issues of racism and sexism. A huge debate was started, about what kind of Swedish is correct Swedish. There were advocates for the ‘correct’ kind of Swedish, saying that promoting the ‘wrong’ kind of Swedish will only keep the people living in the suburbs to “selling bananas”. And that the language was sexist. The reply came from advocates of the Millionsvenska that the language was in fact inclusive of women, but that picture didn’t fit the prejudice of young men from the suburb. A female journalist also replied that apparently the ‘correct Swedish’ advocators weren’t aware that women like her who are speaking “Millionsvenska”, happen to be ‘successful’. Conclusively, through an intersectional analysis, one can see that the advocators of the ‘correct Swedish’ weren’t only confirming prejudice of men with migration background in the suburbs being more sexist than white middle class men, thus assuming that women in the suburbs automatically are more oppressed. In a class-based society, it is implied that selling bananas in a market is a “failure”.  This example shows how a problem usually is multi-layered, and how categories could intersect. Noteworthy to this example is that Kiezdeutsch, the German equivalent of Millionsvenska, is today classified as a dialect.

    At the conference, we dealt with questions of how we could implement an intersectional thinking into our work. We at Loesje believe that this term could be useful in our network. Many organisations expressed that they were already working in an intersectional matter, without knowing that there was a term for it. And this is how it feels a little bit with Loesje. The posters are dealing with so many different themes. The texts are questioning different oppressive norms and wants everybody’s freedom, no matter which categories people are forced into. We would like to go further with this perspective, and consciously implement it, not only in the posters, but in other projects we are involved in.

    Now Loesje International has been asked to participate in yet another project from the organisation CIVIS that initiated the conference, where we would be part of a long term web-based  training in intersectionality, this together with other organisations in Turkey and Bosnia-Herzegovina respectively. To know more about CIVIS project about the subject, you can visit the website here http://www.intersektionalitet.org/and get an English version.

    Safaa

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    To download the posters go to the Posterarchive

  • In 2005 the international Loesje office moved to Berlin and regional channel RBB came to make a piece about that in the program Stilbruch. In a few minutes you can get an introduction to Loesje (and see how the office looked in 2005!).