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  • A team from Loesje participated in the Otok Daily Multimedia Training Course, between the 25th of May and the 5th of June. The activities took place in Izola, Slovenia while the film festival Kino Otok was taking place.



    The participants were divided in three groups with different taks. You can see the results of their work here. They covered the film festival by using creative means and approaches, mixing a personal vision with the daily happening of the festival. The participants had the chance to improve their video, sound, writing and interviweing skills.

    Check this video about the Otok Daily team and get to know how the backstage boiled with creativity!

  • Loesje sparks creativity, stimulates dialogue and critical thinking, and gives young people all over the world a voice. To get more Loesje posters in the streets, support the network creating and spreading the posters by clicking here and becoming a monthly donor or giving a one-off donation.

    Loesje is an international network of young, creative citizens organized both in local informal groups and national associations. Through collaborative creative text writing workshops short texts are created and spread on posters on- and offline worldwide. The posters are thought-provoking, sometimes naïve, but always positive and inspiring. Through the posters, Loesje inspires people to reflect, take action and form their own opinions. 

    Loesje International was founded in 1994 and has had its seat in Berlin for the last seven years. Two employees and many volunteers support young people and give them tools for freedom of speech, press freedom, human rights and creativity. Especially in developing countries with young democracies, like Egypt, the Ukraine, and Palestine, Loesje helps strengthening civil society on grassroots level. 

    Loesje challenges people to reflect on their society and to create their ideal world. The network today has circa 2000 active members in around 30 countries, but many more spread posters and follow Loesje online. Every new poster means a new spark of inspiration on our streets. It costs 1,25 € to put up one Loesje poster and we would like to spread another 2000 the coming month. 

    Click here and get more Loesje posters in the streets! Thank you!

  • Loesje Writing Workshop at Pina, Koper, Slovenia

     

    Between the 14th and the 18th of May, the 'Loesje Communi-action project' team from Berlin went to visit their partner in Koper, Slovenia. This visit came after the visit of the Slovene team in Berlin in February. 

    The week was composed of Loesje writing workshops, shooting of warm-up exercises video tutorials, video workshop, introducing Loesje in Trieste and discovering the library in Koper. 

    The German and Slovene Handbook, printed out, are finally ready and available in e-Kavarna in Koper and at Loesje's Imagination and Jugendklub Linse in Berlin.

    You will soon see the new Loesje posters written during this week and the new Loesje video tutorials. 

     

  • ¡Hola! Ahora puedes leer el Guía Loesje en español!


    Ciao! Ora è possibile leggere la Guida Loesje in italiano!


    The Loesje Handbook is now available in two more languages: italian and spanish! Check them out.

  • IGLYO, Loesje Armeina, ISCA, CID and Egyesek in cooperation with the Directorate of Youth and Sport of the Council of Europe

     

    European Youth Center Budapest

    21st-28th of July, 2012

     

    The study session will gather 30 young individuals from all across Europe willing to discuss, experience and participate in activities addressing gender equality using the approach of human rights and non-formal education.

    The main aim of this study session is to raise awareness of youth leaders about gender inequality and stereotypes in an intercultural context and build their competences to empower groups to address gender based discrimination.

    Objectives:

    • exploring and understanding genderassocial construction and its effects on social expectations and influence on young people,

    • analysing the process of automatic categorization and stereotype forming,

    • empowering youthleaders and developing their competences to challenge the gender stereotypes and inequalities throughyouth work,

    • develop critical thinking in regards to gender issues in an intercultural context,

    • developing the understanding of human rights, intercultural learningandthe use of  human rights education to address gender based discrimination

     

    Profile of the participants

    - Youth Leaders interested in working with the topic of gender equality

    - Between 18 and 30 years old

    - Able to work in English

    - Committed to participate actively in the full duration of the study session

    - Committed to contribute to the follow-up activity (working on ideas for new tolls/methods and future projects)

     

    Application, procedure and selection of participants

    The application form can be found on the following link:

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/vie

    wform?formkey=dGF0ek5aY3o3eWdBQjZqLUxrOGRVUnc6MQ

    The deadline is 30.05.2012

    The preparatory team will select thirty participants on the basis of the profile outlined above. It will try as far as possible to respect the organizations’ priorities, but also to ensure a gender balance,  geographical regions, different types of experiences, cultural backgrounds and organizations, institutions and projects.  A waiting list may be established. Candidates will be informed whether their application has been accepted, rejected, or if they have been put on the waiting list, by 1st June 2012.

    Travel expenses

    Travel expenses and visa fees for the Study Session in Budapest are reimbursed according to the rules of the Council of Europe. Only the participants who attend the entire training course can be reimbursed. The payment will be made in cash during the study session or bybanktransferafterthestudy session.

    Accommodation

    Board and lodging for the residential training seminar will be provided and paid for by the Council of Europe.

    Enrolment fee

    An enrolment fee of 50Euros is payable by each participant. This amount will be deducted from the amount to be reimbursed for travel expenses or paid at the EYCB during the residential seminar.

    Working languages

    English will be the working language of the Study Session.

    If you have questions related with study session, feel free to contact us by stsgenderequality@gmail.com

     

  • The new poster series for the April and May month are now available in the Poster Archive!

    Feel free to print them and stick them around!

  • The World Press Freedom day, marked on the 3rd of May is a day regarded as a Christmas of a sort in media circles, a day that cannot be described as languid by any reasonable person for obvious reasons.

    The major challenge to freedom of expression over the years has been known to be government interferance; censorship, makes me wonder what they are afraid of - talk of skeletons in the closet.

    Cultural diversity is another challenge that is not new to press freedom, but recently, machiavelism has proved to be a subtle enemy that has beleagered  our society in a crypitic way.

    "I may disagree with what you have to say but i shall defend, to the death, your right to say it", the philosopher Voltaire wrote in the 18th century. This statement underscores one of the basic conditions for a free society where people from different backgrounds can live together. Our world has developed a lot since Volaire wrote his famous sentence. Due to globalisation, the world is becoming smaller and more accessible. The political culture in which freedom of expression is granted and protected has been shaped over centuries.

    Nowadays, I can hardly avoid the daily news updates on bombings and terror especially against media estalishments. It makes me wonder, what about the situation in the global market place of ideas?

    Even illitrates know that diversity is absolutely essential. If you formulate your opinion on a broad range of information, your own view will only become strong, different perspectives will broaden your horizon whether you agree with them or not. So where is Boko Haram (jihadist terrorist organization based in the north of Nigeria) coming from, why are they still faceless. Nigerians no longer blame the senceless killings to bigotry, whether religious or ethinic, it's gone farther than that.

    How free can the Nigerian press be? Machiavellism is a theory that prescribes getting result by all means, it says that the end will justify the means, it means manipulating people diplomatically so that they could be "suffering and smiling".

    3rd of may , I heard in the news that President Jonathan has denied accusation made by Henry Orka, who is standing trial in a South African court for terrorism against Nigeria, Orka had accused Jonathan of masterminding the terrorist attacks as a desperate political move, whether this is the rantings of a drowning man, is yet to be seen, but this smoke is surely emanating from somewhere, what I don't know is if there is fire to it. Boko haram has gone berserk on civilians, while the leaders are stiff and stoic, or should I say bland.

    Trust, they say is a social capital which can be converted to human and financial capital in a progressive society, so you see why the arm of our clock is reading backward. Whatever the case, powers that be must know that freedom of speech is directly connected to the right to have acces to knowledge, people that are denied this, get denied of one of the most basic human rights, so, I submit that we leave the press out of this cryptic agenda, if protection cannot be guaranteed.

    So how many boxes belong to your culture and how many boxes do you need to put your culture in? Does it all need to make sense? Always? I don't know how to dance katanga...

    Obinna, Loesje Nigeria

  • On the 5th of May, Loesje and her friends organized a huge party to celebrate the opening of the EU4YOUTH point at the Jugendklub Linse in Berlin, Germany.

    Young people active in Loesje in Berlin, Germany and Koper, Slovenia are developing a transnational youth initiative: the Communi-action project. The aim of this project is to build two connected EU4YOUTH Points: one in Berlin and one in Koper.

    These two points in Europe will serve as education-information-creative spaces for youth who want to learn more about EU, youth in EU, NGOs, literature and human rights. They will also be creative and participatory points. You can discover more about the project here.

    The Press Freedom Party also commemorated the World Press Freedom Day that took place on the 3rd of May. A Freedom of Speech wall was put up to enable everyone to express themselves.

    Niti Dhingra opened the night with a stand up comedy show about the german language and freedom.

    Then, it was time for music and the local bands 54 Fingers, Best of Kuchen und Kekse and The Last Pawnbrokers rocked and rapped the audience at Linse.

    54 Fingers

    Best of Kuchen und Kekse

    The Last Pawnbrokers

    Finally, the people danced the party away with the sound of DJ Ex-Ist and left with a smile on their faces.

  • With the help of her friends, Loesje spread her posters all over the globe today for the World Sticking Day!

    Here are some examples of cities that got a creative spree over their walls and other public places.

    If you didn't stick yet, you still have some hours to go until the 3rd of May ends. Brush, check; posters, check; glue, check; Ready! Set! Go!

    Posters have been spotted all over the world

    Posters in Delf and Utrecht, Netherlands.

    Posters in Berlin, Germany.

    Posters in Prilep, Macedonia.


    Here find the different press review in the Dutch media about the World Sticking day: 

    De Stentor Zwolle:

    http://www.destentor.nl/regio/zwolle/10967168/Loesje-gaat-posters-plakken-in-Zwolle.ece

    http://www.gelderlander.nl/voorpagina/nijmegen/10967584/Loesje-wil-Nijmegen-volgeplakt-zien.ece

    Rtv Nijmegen Lonneke 's middags

    http://www.nijmegen1.nu/2012/05/03/nieuwsuitzending-03-mei/

    http://www.tilburg.com/web/Informatie/Nieuws/Nieuws/Loesje-plakt-in-Tilburg-ter-ere-van-Dag-van-de-Persvrijheid.htm

    Brabants Dagblad (Tilburg) via Vero

    http://www.brabantsdagblad.nl/regios/tilburg/10973648/Loesje-plakt-internationale-teksten-in-Den-Bosch-en-Tilburg.ece

    RTV Brabant Janne, Kaat en Meindert Den Bosch

    http://www.omroepbrabant.nl/?news/1737741113/Loesje+plakt+voor+persvrijheid.aspx

    Jongin Arnhem, Judith in Arnhem

    http://jonginarnhem.nl/beta/lifestyle/loesje-een-eigenwijs-meisje-uit-arnhem/

  • This weekend, Loesje went to Leipzig for a Creative Writing Workshop in German. The summer vibes impregnated everyone with energy and creativity so we got good texts! Besides the workshop, Loesje also went sticking and now you can find many posters in Leipzig walls. 

     

    This workshop was done under the project Communi-action that involves active young people in Berlin, Germany and Koper, Slovenia. The aim of this project is to build two connected EU4YOUTH Points: one in Berlin and one in Koper.

    These two points in Europe will serve as education-information-creative spaces for youth who want to learn more about EU, youth in EU, NGOs, literature and human rights. They will also be creative and participatory points.

    The EU4YOUTH points will have three simultaneous functions: reading spot, creative-reflective spot and networking spot. Here Loesje creative text writing workshops, exhibitions and other activities will take place.

    The Leipzig workshop was done not only to have some good Loesje action in the city but also to promote the Communi-action project and spread the idea of the Eu4YOUTH points outside of Berlin.