Category Archives: Youth

School of Interculturalism

Within our second School of Interculturalism, in the period from 24 January to 16 February 2019, we will hold three three-day workshops in Niš, Novi Pazar and Bor. The topic that will be dealt with is Violent Extremism among Young People.

Young attendees of the School from these three cities will have the opportunity to hear, among other things, introductory lectures: Conflicts – Raising Critical Awareness, Extremism and Mainstream Politics, Forms of Extremism in Serbia, WE and THEY- Migrant Crisis, WE and THEY- Islamophobia and Hijab, WE and THEY – The Temerin Case, Extremism – the Theoretical Definition and Examples, The Relation of Politicians from Serbia’s Political Life to the far Right from 1990 to the Present, The Sport fan’s Right-Wing Extremism as the most Dangerous form of Extremism in Serbia, Antigypsyism, Extremism Directed against the Roma Population, My Neighbors – Religious Minorities in Serbia, My Neighbors – Religious Identity in Preserving the National Identity, My Neighbors – Unprivileged at Strike.

The lecturers are Vladimir Ilić, Jovo Bakić, Osman Balić, Draško Đenović, Aleksandra Marković.

The workshops will be organized as part of the project Do not count on me! Combating Violent Extremism through Intercultural Youth Education, with the support of the OSCE Mission to Serbia.

Panel on Violation of human rights on the Internet

11.02.2014Center for Development of Civil Society (CDCS), Provincial Ombudsman of AP Vojvodina and the Independent Journalists’ Association of Vojvodina (NDNV) organized the panel discussion titled Panel on Violation of Human Rights on the Internet to mark the 11th February – Safer Internet Day.

Safe Internet Day is an international initiative supported by the European Union. This year, the day was celebrated on 11th February in thirty-one European country, and this year’s campaign slogan is “Let’s create a better Internet together .”

By their opening statements, the participants of the panel, namely, Eva Vukašinović, Deputy Ombudsman of AP Vojvodina, Snežana Ilić (CDCS), Miroslav Keveždi (CDCS), Oliver Muškinja, a contributor to the Provincial Ombudsman and Nedim Sejdinović (NDNV), opened many questions and tried to provide answers to some of them: the real threats arising from the use of the Internet for various target groups in Serbia (vulnerable groups, children, human rights defenders ….), hate speech on the Internet, legislation in this area, examples of misuse of social networks and censorship of the Internet, child safety on the Internet, pros & cons to the full freedom of speech on the Internet, controversy of no-hate-speech initiative, self-regulation of Internet services, media literacy and the definition of media on new platforms, Internet activism, new media during the election campaign, social networking as a means of recruitment of political extremists …

Strategy of Development of Culture of the Vlach national minority

12.01.2014_2 While still working on the preservation and development of the Vlach culture and strengthening of institutions and organizations in th12.01.2014_1e Vlach community, CDCS organized a seminar/ workshop – Creating the first strategic document of Vlach National Council: Strategy of Development of Culture of the Vlach national minority from 9 to 12 January, 2014. As with any strategic planning, during the two working days, a disciplined effort was made focused on the future, guided by skilled young professionals for management (and) in (minority) cultures, Miroslav Keveždi (CDCS) and Milina Sklabinski (Institute of Culture of Vojvodina’s Slovaks). With the active participation of the members of NCV and Vlach cultural organizations, among other things, the development vision (draft version) of the Vlach culture in the period between 2014 – 2019 was designed, which for instance includes: actively dealt with linguistic and ethno-genetic issues, established network of cultural centers, identified and systematized cultural contents, etc., all of which should contribute to ensuring that the Vlachs in the foreseeable future become “a quality player in the cultural scene in Serbia”. During the spring of 2014 this strategic document will be published and presented to the wider cultural community in Serbia.

Continuation of the campaign Tolerance is not a foreign word! The public forums in Zrenjanin and Subotica

16.04.2013_2After discussion panels in Novi Sad, organized on 3 April 2013 as part of the campaign Tolerance is not a foreign word!, discussions were also held in Zrenjanin (9 April 2013) and Subotica (11 April 2013). Unlike the first, which was held in the great hall of the The Assembly of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, the other two were held in informal urban premises, the theater club Green Bell in Zrenjanin and Lifka Art Cinema in Subotica. Common to all three panels is a large number of attendees, i.e. the full auditorium of interested high school students, not only from three largest cities in Vojvodina, but also from smaller towns and communities in the vicinity. In fact, over three hundred high school students participated in these panels, which is a figure that surpassed the expectations of the organizers.

After the opening, short talks given by heads of our partner organizations (Provincial Ombudsman and the Provincial Secretariat of Education, Administration and National Communities) and campaign promoters Boškić and Čvarkov, the emphasis was on the dialogue with students. Through stimulating discussions with young associates of CDCS, Aleksandra Marković and Fahrudin Kladničanin, young people expressed their attitude towards tolerance, interethnic distance, minority rights, patriotism, national identity… Simultaneously with tolerance and fair attitude, unfortunately, one could hear not so rare attitudes that minorities sometimes exaggerate in order to preserve their identity, as, on the other hand, the majority community is sometimes too tolerant …This is yet another proof that it makes sense to talk to young people about the human and minority rights, identity issues and showing respect to all that is different in a very specific environment such as Vojvodina. The conclusion based on these discussions could be the words of Emma Goldman, who was quoted in the panels by Aleksandra Marković: The most violent element in society is ignorance!>>>

The campaign: Tolerance is not a foreign word!

22.03.2013Centre for Development of Civil Society (CDCS), in partnership with the Provincial Secretariat for Education, Administration and National Communities and Provincial Ombudsman, under the auspices of the Assembly of Vojvodina and supported by the Institute for Sustainable Communities, organizes a campaign in Vojvodina entitled – Tolerance is not a foreign word!, during April 2013, aiming to promote tolerance and integration among young people in Vojvodina.

A series of recent studies of the youth population in Serbia/Vojvodina has shown alarming results regarding the attitudes of young people towards the idea of human rights, minority/vulnerable groups and attitudes towards violence. The research results of the Provincial Ombudsman Vojvodina students on discrimination (2012) and the research of the Center for Development of Civil Society Temerin-present or future of Vojvodina (2012) are extremely devastating in terms of a high degree of interethnic distance and intolerance among young people of different ethnic groups in multi-ethnic communities and show an increase in political radicalism and rightwing extremism and willingness to engage in youth violence in the real and virtual space of Serbia/Vojvodina.>>>