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  • Discover the new poster series on Loesje's poster archive now!

    You will also find the February series in Spanish and the posters from the Communi-action training.

    http://www.loesje.org/posterarchive/lastseries

    The February series of some local groups are also available in our Poster archive: find new posters from Belgium (in Flemish-Dutch), Germany(in German) and Poland (in Vietnamese). 

    http://www.loesje.org/posterarchive/advanced

  • Discover the new poster series on Loesje's poster archive now!

    You will also find the February series in Spanish and the posters from the Communi-action training.

    http://www.loesje.org/posterarchive/lastseries

    The February series of some local groups are also available in our Poster archive: find new posters from Belgium (in Flemish-Dutch), Germany(in German) and Poland (in Vietnamese). 

    http://www.loesje.org/posterarchive/advanced

  •  Loesje gave feedback on posters about Human Rights created by 4th year visual communication students at the CAAD College of Architecture, Art and Design - The American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Each series of posters illustrates one chosen article of the International Declaration of Human Rights. 

    Find all the posters preview here in Loesje's project folder!

    The students got feedback three times, once from the participants of the Study Session “Why not exchange prejudices for experiences” and then twice from Loesje's team. Using advice and constructive criticism, the students improved their posters into the final version that you can see on our website and on our Facebook page.  

    The posters can be used in Human Rights education worldwide. Contact us to obtain them in good printable quality.

    Website of the American University of Sharjah: www.aus.edu

    We want to thanks the students for their good work and their abilities to improve it through time: Afra Bin Dhaher, Deema Al Mujadidi, Arwa Ramadan, Ghaya Bin Mesmar, Laila Kifayeh, Mansour Bakheet, Nour Abu Hayeh, Omar Mohamed, Rand Almaeeni, Tayma Bittard.

    Thanks to the Professor Shoaib Nabi Ahmad to have involved us.

  • 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

  • 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

  • We are looking for two creative and motivated people to do European Voluntary Service (EVS) at the international Loesje office in Berlin for 12 months. EVS is a project of the European Commission and it means you can live for free in Berlin, do society-committed work and enjoy life, if you are under 31. Regulations you can read below.

     

    Who is Loesje?

    Loesje is an idealistic organisation which aims for a creative society based on own initiative and active citizenship. The objective is to exchange ideas and opinions, to stimulate people to create their own ideas. Loesje mainly uses posters with short but strong texts (one-liners), which shine a different light on particular subjects. Our main activity is to create such posters, together with our members, as well as with people from other organisations. The posters are spread on the Internet, around the streets, in community centres, schools etc. The aims of the organisation are to spread black and white posters to colour life and to create possibilities, in which participants of Loesje activities can start and support progressive social initiatives.

    The project

    The project will start on the 1st of September 2012 and will last until the 31st of August 2013. It will be a great experience! At our office you will be working together with Rola (SE), Artur (PL) and interns from different countries, as well as many other active people of Loesje. The accommodation is arranged and for free, we have a cosy EVS flat where you will live together with the other EVS volunteer. You get money for food and pocket money, insurance, a German language course and a bike. The atmosphere at the office is informal and there is a lot of space to come up with your own ideas. A mentor, as a personal guide, will be present during your EVS year, although we encourage self-initiative, because an active attitude is essential for the work we do.

    Project description / tasks

    The actual work you'll do greatly depends on your own interests. Own initiative is highly valued. An incomplete overview of the possibilities:

    ·         be in contact with and support new & old members

    ·         support and organise international projects

    ·         organise international youth meetings

    ·         give creative text writing workshops

    ·         help to develop and update the Loesje website, Facebook and other social media

    ·         co-organise the yearly Loesje Summer Camp

    ·         organise or create exhibitions, workshops or other activities in our project room: Loesje's Imagination

    ·         graphic design (lay-out of flyers, posters and Loesje products, as books)

    ·         you could be also involved in PR, networking, technical development or fund raising

    How to apply?

    First read the regulations and selection criteria. If you have any questions, feel free to ask us. One advice, in case you know the people at the international Loesje office, pretend you don’t know them. What you write is very important to us and not what you believe that we know of you. It’s better to write more than to give too less information.

    Regulations

    ·         You are not allowed to be German

    ·         You should be between 18 and 30 years old (not yet 31 by the start of the EVS project)

    ·         You should be able to speak English well (preferably more languages)

    Selection criteria

    ·         A strong motivation clearly describing what you want to do

    ·         CV and Creative Vitae (what are your creative skills?)

    ·         Able to work independently and to develop own ideas

    ·         Experience inside Loesje

    ·         Experience in organising projects

    ·         Computer skills

    ·         Willingness to live with another EVS-er

    ·         We should believe you will fit in our team

    ·         The following skills are not a requisite, but could be a plus: driving license, German knowledge, experience in lay-out, PR, fund raising, web design, hard ware and soft ware, book keeping or knowledge on topics that could be interesting to Loesje

    ·         We prefer a geographical and gender mixed team, though personal qualities weigh higher

    Deadline for applying:

    The deadline for applying is the 4th of March 2012.

    We will inform you as soon as possible, if you are selected or not.

    You can send your application to evs@loesje.org

  • In March the City of Amsterdam will organize a European congress on integration. They asked Loesje whether they could print some of her texts on cards. Of course Loesje wants her texts to be spread all over the world so she agreed. The cards will be spread during dinner taking place on 8 March, International Women's Day. Participants will be asked to send the card to an important woman in their lives.

    These are the texts selected. You can find them in the poster archive:

    - international women's day / I greet my sisters on the other side of the world 
    - who is the director of your gender role
    - diversity / why do we like it in our supermarkets but not in the streets
    - coming out of the closet / why put people in there in the first place
    - who has something to loose by equal parenting
    - professional / is that a male word
    - Europe / a thousand miles from here there is another person smiling
    - European integration / spread wealth and people
  • Our Armenian Loejse member Hranush Shahnazaryan will represent Loesje at the Advisory Council on Youth of the Council of Europe the coming two years! We are very happy about this for the sake of Loesje as well as Hranush. The Advisory Council of Youth is made up of 30 representatives from youth NGOs and networks who provide opinions and input on all youth sector activities. It also ensures that young people are involved in other activities of the Council of Europe.

     

  • The January poster series is available in the Poster Archive. Print them and spread them around!

  •  
    “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