• The study session, that happened in the European Youth Centre of the Council of Europe, Budapest in November 2011  was a great success for the partcipants and the organizers.  

    The partipants challenged their predjudices and shared their experiences through workshops and dicussions. The topics brought into the discussions and activities were Human rights, stereotypes, dignity, diversity and activism. The outcomes were various: 13 posters were created, a street action was led in the main square of Budapest and a follow up project has been planned.

    To summarize the methods and techniques used during this Study Session, a report reprensenting various aspects of it has been written by the organizers: Hranush Shahnazaryan, Carola Stahl, Agnieszka Byrczek, Hristjian Jordanovski and Hussein El-Shafei.

    You can read the report here:  

    Report of the Study Session online

    and also in the printed version at the loesje International office in Berlin.

    Don't forget: the fight against stereotypes and predjudices begins with you!    

  • On the first day of Summer, 21st of June, Loesje danced her way around to the Jugendklub Linse, in Berlin to join the Fête de la Musique.

    People could rock their bones at the LiBeRo stage and chill at the LiBeRo lounge listening to singer/songwriters. Loesje had a stand where people could participate in activities taken out from the street art and DIY books from the EU4YOUTH library at Linse, while listening to all that good music.

  • The training Initiative Rule - if you have a good idea you can't keep it to yourself came to an end the past Sunday. From 8th t the 18th of June, 30 participants from 15 different countries learned how to use effectively social media and how to create successful online and offline campaigns.

    During one of the workshops about video blogging, the participants had the chance to produce original short films. Check them out:

    How to make Loesje posters

    A 1000 Miles From Here

    Loesje text writing methods


    After brainstorm comes sunshine

  • 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.


    • 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:


    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.


    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


  • 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