tools, skills and perspectives to challenge oppression and create spaces for empowered inclusion
The final description for this course will be posted here in the next few weeks. It is undergoing finalisation by the training team.
The training will offer:
– tools, space and support for self-reflection and self-evaluation around topics of oppression and inclusion
– basic knowledge, frameworks and terms used in anti-oppression work
– knowledge on oppression mechanisms and role of privilege
– inquiry on how to move beyond shame and blame mechanisms
– theory and practice of intersectionality
– anti-oppression practices and tools for individuals and organisations
– empowerment strategies
– anti-oppression work as an element of sustainable movement building
– exploring interdependence and interconnectedness through the lenses of anti-oppression work and intersectionality of struggles
– exploring how awareness practices – body based and mindfulness approach can support anti-oppression work
Trainers will bring different approaches to anti-oppression work, coming from diverse cultural and organisational backgrounds.
Esra has been active in a variety of grassroots groups and civil society organisations in Turkey and in Belgium. She is passionate about climate justice, anti-racism, communities of resistance, and networks of solidarity. She is part of LABO vzw, a non-profit educational organisation that strives as a movement towards a strong civil society that collectively work to create social change and a commitment to social justice. She is currently working at European Network Against Racism (ENAR) and trying to contribute to a stronger and more resilient anti-racist movement.
Kinga is an anti-oppression facilitator connected to the Anti-discrimination Education Association (TEA) in Poland, for nearly two decades active in prevention of discrimination in the formal and nonformal education. Involved in many national and international projects she has been working with youth workers, teachers, school psychologists and pedagogues on issues connected to gender and sexuality (e.g. combating trans- and homophobia, supporting nonheteronormative kids and their parents). Also working as a sex educator with teenagers and a WenDo trainer – a self-defence and assertiveness method for women, girls and trans* people. In recent years focused mostly on empowering people from discriminated groups through working with body, voice and self reflection on internalized oppressions.
The Society of Anti-Discrimination Education (TEA) (Polish: Towarzystwa Edukacji Antydyskryminacyjnej), was founded in 2009 by people involved in anti-discrimination education in Poland. The Society brings together dozens of people who specialise in this area, including coaches, trainers and creators of projects which promote equality and diversity, as well as working to support groups and individuals who are vulnerable to discrimination. They develop and disseminate anti-discrimination educational activities so that everyone can co-create a world free of discrimination and violence.
As a social activist and trainer, and a member of SPINA trainer’s for social change collective and European Action for Youth (EYFA) network, Ewe leads trainings on group dynamics, consensus decision making, conflict resolution and sustainable activism. Their work is primarily with grassroots groups involved in social and environmental struggles, as well as NGOs working in the areas of social and environmental justice, in Poland and internationally. Ewe is deeply committed to the work and involved also in trauma and emotional support for grassroots activists, currently dedicating most of their time to feminist, trans* and queer struggles through writing, performing and leading workshops. Ewe is also a WenDo trainer – a self defense and self assertiveness method for women and trans* people and they are passionate about working with body awarenesses and different bodywork methods as a radical mean of deconstructing internalized systems of oppression. They are a member of the Ulex core team.
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