Festival of opportunities for young people in CSOs – Work, learn, volunteer!

Youth Initiative for Human rights Croatia is inviting you to take part in

Festival of opportunities for young people in CSOs – Work, learn, volunteer!

Event dates:

6.4.2022. – 08.04.2022.

Parallel exhibition: 06.04. – 10.04.

Main Location: Student Center, Savska cesta 25 Zagreb (cinema lobby, second floor – Tree of Knowledge conference room https://stabloznanja.com/ )

Study visit on 7.4.: Friends of the Earth Croatia, Frankopanska ulica 1

Organizers: Youth Initiative for Human Rights Croatia and University of Zagreb

Planned participants: at least 200 young people and students (in total at all events, panels and workshops, will be registered separately), at least 30 civil society organizations that will either present themselves or participate in conference and workshops.

YIHR Croatia is organizing a Festival of opportunities for young people in CSOs – Work, learn, volunteer!, which consists of a one-day conference and a series of workshops and interactive and networking events. The aim of the project is to increase the employability of young people who have completed social sciences and humanities and to connect them with civil society organizations that find it difficult to reach quality staff. The goal is also to promote associations as inclusive and attractive places for employment, places for an apprenticeship, and other types of volunteering for students and young NEETs and present them CSOs as a kind of ‘soft skills accelerators’ or places where young people can learn valuable skills and knowledge crucial for navigating the labor market. 

Additionally: the program will be attended by participants from other parts of Croatia and from abrogated 

 

AGENDA

1st day, 06.04.2022. , Wednesday

Work, learn, volunteer! – Festival of opportunities for young people in CSOs 

1st day, 06.04.2022. , Wednesday

Everything at the Student Center

11.00 – 12.30 Panel discussion: Working in civil society: how much does working out of love cost us? (Tree of Knowledge room) (Hybrid event – live streaming on youtube with simultaneous translation to English)

Moderator: Branka Vierda (YIHR)

Panelists: 

Noah Kraljević (Union Skupa) 

Danijel Baturina (professor from the Faculty of law)

Matea Marić (IKS) – presentation of good volunteering practice of youth centers

This panel discussion will be attended by representatives of civil society organizations, representatives of academia and relevant institutions as well as young people, and will discuss employment opportunities and career development in civil society

12:30 – 14:00 Networking event and lunch in the lobby of the SC (space in front of the cinema/&TD) 

The aim of this event is to connect civil society organizations and students and other participants and visitors of the conference. In addition to lunch, information points and posters of individual organizations can be organized in the lobby, where visitors can stay and talk, while adhering to epidemiological measures.

14:00 – 15:30How to make civil society organizations more inclusive? (Tree of Knowledge) – Discussion and presentation (Hybrid event – live streaming on zoom with simultaneous translation to English)

This event will present in an interactive way good practices related to inclusive volunteering and the inclusion of vulnerable groups of young people in the work and activities of associations. Volunteers and associations from Croatia will participate, as well as international volunteers and organizations from other countries. We would like to present 5 good practices of volunteering at this event:

Moderator: Maja Krištafor

CSO speakers:

Mateja Morić (Ljubljana Pride) – introduction to inclusive volunteering; plus their inclusive volunteering practices 

Maja Žilić (YIHR Serbia)

Zrinka Suk (Ocean znanja/Ocean of Knowledge)

Anamaria Macanović (Are You Serious)

Tea Domin (Croatian Association of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing) 

16:00 – 17:30 – Forum theater play – associations POKAZ and Roma Youth Organization of Croatia (Tree of Knowledge) – Testing of inclusive volunteering methodologies

18:00 – Opening of the exhibition: “Peace activism of the nineties and today” 

18.30 – Choir Domaćigosti performance

Catering dinner

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2nd Day, 07.04.2022. : Workshops and  interactive events 

(Tree of Knowledge and Cinema Lobby)

Study visit in the afternoon in the city center

10:00 – 11:30LOESJE – creative writing workshop – testing of inclusive volunteering methodologies in the field of human rights for students (Tree of Knowledge room)

12:00 – 13:30Testing of inclusive volunteering methodologies – Ocean znanja, Zrinka Suk  (Tree of Knowledge room)

LUNCH and free time

15: 30 – 17:00Career speed dating – Associations (as employers and leaders of volunteering programs) and students/youth 

18:00 – 19:00Testing of two inclusive volunteering methodologies in the field of sustainability and ecology (Friends of the Earth Croatia and Biciklopopravljaona and Swap Party- meeting with volunteers and activists), Frankopanska ulica 1, Zagreb 

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3rd Day, April 8, 2022: Workshops and interactive events 

(Tree of Knowledge)

 

10:00 – 11:30Skills development workshop – writing a CV and preparing for a job interview in associations: Maja Krištafor and Ivan Tominac

12:00 – 13:30National Youth Council of Ireland – workshop ‘Hear my truth’ – Testing of inclusive volunteering methodologies in the field of youth work for students 

14:00 – 15:40Skills development workshop (2nd group)- writing a CV and preparing for a job interview in associations: Maja Krištafor and Ivan Tominac

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Additional program – exhibition: “Peace activism of the nineties and today”

from 06.04.2022. – 10.04.2022.

 

Background information

The exhibition “Peace Activism of the 1990s and Today” was designed by Branka Vierda and Nikica Torbica. Through photographs and statements by members of the Croatian Anti-War Campaign and activists born after the 1990s, the exhibition focuses on the meaning of peace and peace activism in the 1990s and 30 years later.

Stop the war in Ukraine!

Youth Initiative for Human Rights Regional Network, working in post-war countries in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, and Serbia, having seen the effects of war and still suffering the consequences of actions such as those of the Russian Federation towards Ukraine, condemns such occurrences and deeply feel for the people in Ukraine and the suffering they are going through at such a difficult time.

The government of the Russian Federation by use of aggression and military advances has moved its troops into a sovereign and independent country, by doing so, violating international agreements set in place to prevent such situations. Acts of invasion against peaceful cities of Ukraine show violations of the most fundamental and important rules of international order. We consider this situation as extremely worrying and unacceptable as it endangers the lives of civilians.

Through this statement, we call on Russia to immediately cease all attacks and withdraw its troops from the territory of Ukraine. We also call on all international actors, civil society organizations, peacekeeping organizations, and all democratic countries to commit to peace and stability. Such unjustifiable conduct of the Russian government poses threats to countless civilians’ fundamental human rights. The enforcement of all possible measures must be imposed to prevent further de-escalation of the situation, which also puts at risk global security and peace.

As a region, having lived through so many wars, we are aware of the severe consequences that wars have in society. Now more than ever, we must stand united and have a clear stance towards the government of the Russian Federation and any other warmongers. War has never shown to be a solution. We must look forward to peace and longstanding stability for which humanity as a whole has long suffered to achieve.

As young people from the Western Balkans, we stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and peace-demanding people of Russia, and we offer our support to pass through these difficult times. We will continue to advocate and stand strongly not only for the absence of war but for peace as a long-term process, and most importantly the protection of the #HumanRights of every citizen of the world.

 

Commemoration “The Zec Family – 30 Years Later”

Zagreb, December 8th, 2021

The Youth Initiative for Human Rights joined the commemoration “The Zec Family – 30 Years Later” yesterday, on December 7, 2021, organized by the Antifascist League of the Republic of Croatia and the Serb National Council.

The commemoration was held at Adolfovac on Sljeme, the place where on the night of December 7-8, 1991, members of the reserve of the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Croatia killed twelve-year-old Aleksandra and her mother Marija. Earlier that evening, Aleksandra’s father Mihajlo Zec was killed in front of their house in Trešnjevka.

The commemoration was joined by YIHR activists who learned at last week’s workshop about the murder of the Zec family and the trials that followed and discussed the culture of memory.

On behalf of the Antifascist League, activist Tatjana Dragičević pointed out that the liquidation of the Zec family belongs to “the most shameful parts of the history of the city of Zagreb”. She reminded of “the Zec family, their innocence, and the oblivion that occurs for all those who are not easy to remember. Because memories of them cause discomfort and shame. Sometimes, that is the only thing that distinguishes us – both from the criminals and from those who had an understanding for that crime. ”

Then the poet Sanja Baković read her poem The Sign of the Silent Deer, and during the evening an art installation in the form of three light pillars of memory was visible from most of Zagreb as a memorial to the Zec family.

The Mayor of Zagreb, Tomislav Tomašević, also appeared at the commemoration for the first time, paying tribute to the victims and sending the following message from Adolfovac:

“Such crimes must not be forgotten so that something similar does not happen again in the future. I want to live in a city – that’s how we will lead Zagreb and it will be that way – where everyone feels comfortable, where there is no discrimination on any grounds, be it nationality, religion, skin color, or something else.

That is why tonight on Sljeme we humbly paid tribute to the victims – as a pledge of a better future, that the city of Zagreb will be open to all and that everyone will have their place in it. It is a city that I believe in and it is a city that Zagreb will be like. ”

We remind you that ahead of the 30th anniversary of the murder, we submitted a proposal to the Committee for Naming Settlements, Streets, and Squares of the City of Zagreb to include the Zec family name in the Name Fund from which public areas in the City of Zagreb are named. Furthermore, to Mayor Tomašević, we submitted a document which we created:”Inclusive Remembrance: Recommendations for Commemorating Civilian War Victims for Representatives of Local and Regional Self-Government in the Republic of Croatia”, which encourages local authorities to engage more actively in commemorating all civilian war victims, regardless of their national origin or ethnicity.


 

Activity Campaign 2: Commemorating civilian victims of the 1990s wars in marked and unmarked places of suffering is part of Project 4O: Discovering, Awareness, Empowerment and Human Rights Organization totaling € 170,147 of which € 149,922.00 was provided through financial support from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway under EEA grants.

The visual identity “Fragments” designed by Isabell Radešić connects the commemorations of civilian victims of the wars of the 1990s in the Republic of Croatia. It was chosen as the best artistic solution in a competition announced to complete the document to the representatives of local and regional self-government, which contains recommendations for commemorating civilian victims and the mentioned artistic solution, and is called Inclusive Remembrance: Recommendations for Commemorating Civilian War Victims for Representatives of Local and Regional Self-Government in the Republic of Croatia”.

Ahead of the 30th anniversary of the killing of Aleksandra, Marija, and Mihajlo Zec

Zagreb, December 6th, 2021

The Zec family symbolizes the victims of war and the atmosphere of fear that prevailed in Zagreb and the rest of Croatia during the early 1990s. The murder of the Zec family was committed in the most cruel way and it represents all the horrors of war and hatred that stems from it. The way in which the crime was committed and its brutality took on great symbolic significance.

On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the murders, we submitted a proposal to the Committee for Naming Settlements, Streets, and Squares of the City of Zagreb to include the names of the Zec family in the Name Fund from which public areas in the City of Zagreb are named.

To Mayor Tomislav Tomašević we submitted a document that we created: “Inclusive Remembrance: Recommendations for Commemorating Civilian Victims of War for Representatives of Local and Regional Self-Government in the Republic of Croatia” encouraging local authorities to be more actively involved in commemorating all civilian victims of war regardless of ethnic or national affiliation.

We also encouraged the Mayor to use the 30th anniversary as an opportunity to turn the current memory policies of the City of Zagreb, which did not recognize the importance of preserving the memory of the Zec family, and we offered our knowledge and cooperation to preserve the memory of civilian victims of war.

We held a workshop for our activists on Friday, December 3, where we educated them about the facts related to the murder of members of the Zec family and the court proceedings that were conducted. We also highlighted the contribution of civil society and artists in the context of the culture of memory of the Zec family.

Tomorrow we will join the commemoration organized by the Antifascist League of the Republic of Croatia at the unmarked place of the murder of Marija and Aleksandra Zec on Adolfovac on Sljeme.

We would like to remind you that we continuously advocate the naming of public areas after the Zec family, but to this day no public area in the City of Zagreb bears their name. As part of the initiative for the “Settlement of Memory”, through which in 2014 we proposed the naming of several public areas, we also included a proposal to name the park after the Zec family. Also, in 2017, we proposed the inclusion of the Zec family name in the Name Fund. In 2018, together with the Neobilježena mjesta stradanja [Unmarked Places of Suffering], we marked Poljanička Street, the place of the murder of Mihajlo Zec, as well as Adolfovac, the place of the murder of Aleksandra and Marija.

From the representatives of the City of Zagreb and competent institutions at the national level, we expect to appropriately mark the 30th anniversary of the murder of the Zec family and use this opportunity for a responsible approach to the past that must not erase the memory of the Zec family.