This section provides good practices to promote participation through education and culture regarding the stages of Cultural Citizenship Scale. In addition, the main barriers that migrant women encounter to access these activities and recommendations to overcome them are pointed out.
Good Practices list
Hipatia is a cultural and educational project with a gender perspective that aims to produce cultural transformations in the people who participate in it.
The initiative ‘The Thyssen goes out to the street’ aims to promote culture and art among the migrant population of Madrid through free talks given at the Centres for Participation and Integration of Migrants (CEPI) of the Community of Madrid. The talks are open for all the population.
The project of Social cohesion through radio participation tries to create spaces for meeting and exchange of experiences among migrant women so that they can build radio slots for awareness-raising in the field of intercultural coexistence. The objective is to provide them with communication tools that give them voice, visibility and empowerment in the host society enhancing their participation in the local media. To this end, practical workshops are carried out around the central topics of radio (production, writing, scriptwriting, voice-over, etc.). So far 3 editions have been made.
The project was commissioned as part of a Citizen Power Peterborough initiative being piloted by Peterborough City Council, the RSA and Arts Council England.
The Book’s apothecary is an integration project through reading. The project is based on healing through reading, with books-medicines that are prescribed to the readers.
With the aim of working on individual and collective memory, the project proposes a combined activity of a series of tours through the rooms of the permanent collection of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and artist’s workshops with women that will generate varied plastic proposals in different formats. The result of this workshop is shown in the exhibition The space of memory (2017).
The project Links is an experience of coexistence in diversity that is run through a series of sessions aimed at promoting mutual knowledge, dialogue, collaboration and cohesion among a group of about 25 people from the same territory.
Zelij is a Cienojos project, developed with the collaboration of the Obra Social La Caixa, within the framework of the “Art for social improvement” program, and the City of Murcia. It is aimed at promoting the personal and collective improvement of Moroccan women in Murcia society through photography.
Open Art Shelter is a safe, creative space for the free expression of emotions, intercultural dialogue and trauma healing run by GSBTB (Give Something Back to Berlin). Art, craft, music, theatre, dance, storytelling and literature are used to overcome linguistic and cultural barriers and foster peace.
Exit is an interactive short film that cope with migration personally. The project began with a real advertisement created by Beatriz Santiago and Adrián Silvestre. Both, actress and director of the film, sought to migrant women who would like to be the protagonists of their own film.
DIGEM – Digital Empowerment: DigEm was an innovative digital empowering project that uses a creative methodology for teaching ICT skills. The project’s goal was to foster creativity and communication skills through narration, photography, music and video editing to develop basic ICT skills, learning to learn, as well as social and civic competences. It addressed learners unfamiliar with new technologies, in particular those with no/few formal qualifications, socially excluded groups, senior learners, and minority ethnic groups to motivate them to increase their employability and help them integrate with the current needs and Environment.
To facilitate the mentors to develop skills and acquire knowledge in order to contribute substantially to the provision of social services for the social inclusion of immigrants with different cultural references in relation to the Greek reality. This kind of mentoring included peer to peer mentoring, thus it also involved migrants, women included.
The goal of the project was the production of radio broadcasts with topics directly relevant to third-country nationals. Through the implementation of the program, an attempt was made to familiarize immigrants with radio and broad production techniques in the mass media.
To bring together Kurdish/Syrian refugees with the local community. Support them express their culture at the host country and demonstrate a small part of their culture for the locals. Nevroz is the celebration for welcoming both the spring and the new year, in the Kurdish culture and tradition, and it takes place at the 21st of March.
The main goal of the Crossroads of Art program is the integration of third-country nationals as well as their harmonious coexistence with Greek society through art.
The Municipality of Larissa in cooperation with the Center of Women studies and research – DIOTIMA organize visits of Women refugees to the museums of Larissa in order to bring them closer to the Greek History and culture. Through this action the Municipality aims also to support the women refugees overcome cultural barriers and provide social and emotional support.
ESTIA was the Greek Goddess of Hospitality and House. In ancient and modern Greek means home and is also the name of the programme aimed in housing refugees, that currently live in camps, in major cities of Greece (Emergency Support to Integration and Accommodation programme, funded by the European Union Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid.). Face Forward …into my home is an interactive art project focused on the stories of people who have been forced to leave their homelands and are rebuilding their life in Greece. It includes storytelling workshops inspired by a selection of contemporary artworks from the collection of the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (EMST), the photo shooting of portraits, and a photography exhibition about and with refugees and asylum-seekers, now living in the greater Athens area, benefitting from ESTIA.
The Municipality of Larissa, in order to satisfy the needs of the recent refugees that are living both in camps close to Larissa and in the urban area, under the auspices of the ESTIA project, organised intercultural courses in order to help those third country nationals to get integrated with the local community. The classes do not only help the refugees learn the culture of the country but also helps them feel that there is hope in their life and they have the chance for a better life at a community that cares about them. The project is part of the Learning City program for which the municipality has been awarded by UNESCO.
The training seminar aimed in helping migrants and refugees to improve their skills in Greek language and learn more about Greek history and culture in order to be able to communicate easier and more efficient when in host country. Furthermore the knowledge in history and culture gives them the opportunity to better understand Greeks and their behaviour, interact easier with them and facilitate their integration at the host country. Thus their whole everyday life of refugees and immigrants becomes easier.
One of the most important steps in overcoming cultural barriers is to learn the language of the host country as the language itself contains, as well as defines, a country’s culture. This programme provided, for free, classes in Greek language, with a total duration of 150 hours through an e-platform. Every immigrant, TCN, that was legally residing in the country could take advantage of the training programme that would facilitate their integration progress and help them overcome social and cultural barriers. Through the e-platform the immigrants had the opportunity to access the training 24/7 from the comfort of the place that they would choose and learn about Greek Language, Culture and history without having to worry about how to fit the timetable of the classes to their schedule or how to transport to the place that the training takes place. The classes were offered at three different levels. Starter, Intermediate and advanced with corresponded to the National Language Certification schemes.
The goal of the orientation toolkit/mobile application is to assist young refugees settle into a new community, country and society and move towards independence, self-sufficiency, active citizenship and participation, and at the same time enhance the role and efficiency of refugee integration workers.
Diversity in Europe makes it a must to know and understand different traditions, religions and cultures. To live in a more peaceful environment and make Europe a friendly place, it becomes necessary to learn the skills to deal with the challenging situations faced in a multicultural environment. According to Eurostat (2014) there were 33.5 million people born outside of the EU-28 living in an EU Member State on January 2014, while there were 17.9 million persons who had been born in a different EU Member State from the one where they were resident. The co-existence of such diverse groups of people may serve as a source for conflict and the tension between these groups may seem to be unavoidable. However, the social tensions and anti-social deeds generated by multiple factors (i.e. different religious background, different cultural traditions, affiliation to different ethnicities or social clusters, etc.) can be defused and prevented through non-formal and informal education. The goal of this good practice is to help the learners learn and understand the meaning of tolerance, acceptance, opening, understanding and reciprocal knowledge.
The goal of this good practice is to promote Interaction of Third Country Nationals(including migrants) with the local community through cultural events.
The goal of the organisation of educational excursions in cultural and historical sites in Cyprus was to introduce the TCNs the Cyprus culture and history and enable them to integrate easier in the Cyprus society.
The goal of the formation of an Intercultural Council in which both Third Country Nationals representatives and Cypriot representatives that live in Limassol districts participated, is to exchange views, good practices and know-how. The Council is able to consult the municipality on issues related to the needs of the citizens (locals and migrants), increasing the sense of acceptance in the local community.
The Migrant Information Centre (MIC) has developed services based on the core values of listening, empathy, understanding and supporting individual vulnerable migrants. In the MIC properly trained and qualified personnel, based on a person-centred approach respond to migrants’ general and more specific needs. The goal of the Migrant Info Service is to contribute to the improvement of the quality of life of refugees, immigrants and asylum seekers and to contribute to the social inclusion of refugees, migrants across Cyprus.
Within the implementation of the Project “Multilevel Intensive Program for Learning Greek. Language to Third Country Nationals (TCN)”, three intercultural workshops were carried out. During these workshops, the participants had the opportunity to learn Cypriot and Greek Dances through playful learning styles. Additionally, they had the opportunity to learn about the Cyprus Cuisine as well as the names of traditional foods in Cyprus. At the end of the workshop they had the opportunity to prepare and try the Cyprus dishes. All the presentations and training sessions were in Greek Language. The goal of these intercultural workshops was for the third country nationals first to learn more about the Cyprus culture, through the Cyprus traditional dances and Cyprus cuisine and feel even more integrated with the Cyprus society. They also danced Cyprus dances and prepared and tried Cyprus dishes and through the preparations the increase their creativity skills.
Agios Athanasios municipality organized Art Lessons inspired by the Cyprus History and tradition for the third country nationals. The goal of these lessons was the participants to improve their art skills and get to know Cyprus history and tradition and therefore culture through a creative activity. The knowledge of the Cyprus culture helped them to integrate easier in the culture life of Cyprus.
The TV cooking program «A suitcase full of taste» travels us in the world through gastronomy. Through this programme we get to know the gastronomic culture of both third country nationals and Cypriot people and the influences that Cyprus gastronomy has received from the interaction with other cultures.
To contribute to the social inclusion process of refugees and migrants living across Cyprus. Within the programme «Together-Towards and Open Society» the Municipality of Yeroskipou organized Cyprus Dance lessons for children and adults from countries outside the EU.
Orient Express has been offering counselling services for over 20 years in support of migrant women from Turkey and Arabic-speaking countries who find themselves in difficult situations.
The overall goal of the education, counselling and therapy centre Peregrina is to improve the living conditions of migrant women in Austria.
To develop and offer educational services for the personal and professional field. The target audience is women from all over the world.
“Mentoring for Migrant Women” is a joint initiative of the Austrian Integration Fund ÖIF, the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, and the AMS job market service. The goal is to bring together experienced individuals from the business world – mentors – and people from a migrant background – mentees – and help them become integrated into the Austrian labour market.
LEFOE supports and accompanies women in their migration process in asserting themselves as women and migrants in an autonomous and self-determined manner. Our work aims to strengthen migrant women in their self-confidence and to give them tools for making self-determined decisions and actively participating in society.
MAIZ, an independent association of and for migrant women, aims to improve the living and working situation of migrant women in Austria and to promote their political and cultural participation as well as to change the existing, unjust social conditions.
The objectives of the Observatory are: – the prevention of violence against women and children in the family and – the effective cooperation of all social institutions.
To work with public urban spaces as a platform, migrantas uses pictograms to provide visibility to the thoughts and feelings of people who have left their own country and now live in a new one.
To use art and creative expression for issues of migration, identity and intercultural dialogue. Their work incorporates tools from the visual arts, graphic design and social sciences.
To facilitate workshops for migrant women with view to converting the resulting drawings into pictograms and distribution in public spaces.
Mama Quilla works in the community with the vulnerable and dispossessed, using resources and talent in female theatre practitioners over the age of 40. It is a group of women active in the domain of political theatre.
ArtFem.TV is an online television programming presenting Art and Feminism. The aim of ArtFem.TV is to foster Women in the Arts, their art works and projects, to create an international online television screen for the creativity, images and voices of Women.