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Council of Europe Youth & Diversity Training Course (ages 18 to 30)

The United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY Peacebuilders) is pleased to invite young people from Council of Europe member states to apply for participation in our training course "Youth and Diversity - Does Gender Matter?". The training course will take place from 9-14 September 2010 in The Hague, Netherlands.

Deadline for application: 18 July 2010
Please note that applicants must reside in a Council of Europe member state.

Funding available.

Call for Applications: Youth & Diversity: Does Gender Matter?

Aims and Objectives:
• To bring youth organisations working on peace, multiculturalism and intercultural dialogue from across Europe together
• To raise awareness on gender issues in Europe, especially among youth organisations
• To analyze and debate the role youth organisations can have in addressing gender issues in a multicultural society
• To introduce the participants to gender concepts, the importance of gender and equality in peacebuilding and intercultural dialogue and their work
• To help participants develop the adequate skills, knowledge and tools needed for gender analysis and gender mainstreaming, in order for them to be more gender sensitive
• To share best practices and lessons learned
• To promote community and solidarity as Europeans, and to fight intolerance, prejudice and racism

The training course will take place over 4 days. A detailed programme will be sent a few weeks prior to the training course.

We are looking for 20 people aged 18-30 from Council of Europe member states

Priority will be given to participants who...
- have experience in the fields of: youth work, peace building, conflict transformation, mediation, social work, inter-cultural learning or cultural diversity
- are currently active in an organisation, program or project in the above fields
- have experience with working in conflict and post-conflict areas and situations
- are committed to multiply the outcomes of the training course in their own work

Practical information
Where: The Hague, The Netherlands

When: 9-14 September (including arrival and departure days)

Language: The working language will be English.

Please click on the following link to fill in the application form:

Reimbursement of Participants' Travel and Visa Costs: 70 % of travel expenses (the cheapest route possible only) and visa costs are reimbursed. Participants will be reimbursed on the basis of the least expensive route between their place of residence and The Hague. In order to be reimbursed, you are requested to present originals of all the receipts/invoices for travel and visa costs as well as all the tickets and boarding passes. Electronic tickets will only be considered as acceptable on proof of payment and on presentation of the boarding pass for the outward journey

Reimbursement takes place in Euros at the end of the training course. Insurance expenses are not reimbursed. The participants should be present for the entire session. Participants attending less than 80% of the total duration of the session will not be reimbursed.

The cost of the visa is reimbursed upon presentation of a receipt. If the participant has to travel to get visa, the cost of the travel or agency fee can only be reimbursed if the participant has contacted UNOY Peacebuilders in advance and it has been approved. In any other cases the travel for the visa or the agency fee will not be reimbursed.

Participation fee: The participation fee for the training course is 50 Euros per person. This amount will be deducted from the amount reimbursed from the travel expenses.

Accommodation and meals: Accommodation in a youth hostel (rooms of 2 and 4) and meals are provided.

If you are interested in joining the training course, please fill in the application form by 18th of July 2010. We look forward to receiving your application! Please email gender@unoy.org for any questions.

The training course is organised in partnership with the following organisations:

Fundació Privada Catalunya Voluntària
Barcelona FCV was founded in October 2007. It is a youth-led foundation which collects the know-how and experience of BV. FCV aspires to be a tool for non-formal learning by managing and participating in projects of social interest and by offering young people the opportunity to learn and gain competences through their active participation in youth work. FCV´s commitment is to foster volunteering, to develop youth activities of social benefit, cooperation and to enhance the internationalisation of Catalan organisations, being our regular activities to give information, support, training and assistance to young people and NGOs and to promote and manage international youth projects and initiatives.

Armenia Peace Dialogue NGO
Peace Dialogue is a new NGO registered in Armenia. It units people from different countries, including Armenia, Russia,Georgia, and Germany, who have worked for many years on peace-building in the Caucasus at large and in their European respective countries. The mission of Peace Dialogue is the promotion of the active participation of civil society on regional, national, and international levels and stimulation of a respectful dialogue between societies of conflicting parties, with a long-term goal of contributing to a peaceful resolution and prevention of conflicts.

Belarus SCAF
SCAF Youth Center is an independent think tank and resource center focused on youth involvement in peacebuilding, violence prevention, inter-ethnic confidence building, human rights and civic education. There are 70 active youth in our organization. Some 500 young people are involved annually in SCAF Youth Center activities.

HCA Vanadzor
HCA Vanadzor is a non political, non religious, non profit NGO which unites individuals who admit the supremacy principles of democracy, tolerance, pluralism and human rights as values. The mission of HCA Vanadzor is the promotion and support for civil initiatives, strengthening right protective and peace building activities on local, national and regional levels. The vision of HCA Vanadzor is to form a society where supreme values of human rights, democracy and peace are respected. At present, 10 young people are involved in the activities of our organization. For them and with them our organization realized and realizes programs directed towards developing their potential in the spheres of human rights protection and peace-building. As a rule young people are involved as a result of our work with them in different directions of our activity. Many young participants of seminars and working discussions organized by us became our partners in their locations. The thematic focus of HCA Vanadzor covers human rights protection, support for civil initiatives and peace-building both on local and regional (South Caucasus) levels

The training course is funded by the European Youth Foundation, Youth in Action and Oxfam Novib

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