Knowledge, skills and perspectives to challenge oppression and create spaces for empowered inclusion
This training will help you to learn the know-how of building more inclusive and empowering environments for activism and social change work. We will share tools and practices that aim into reducing discrimination based on race, gender, psychosexual orientation, economic status, disability, age, ethnicity or religion.
Systems of oppression often sustain themselves when we are unable to acknowledge and work well with the power dynamics, privileges and mechanisms of discrimination that exist in our groups, communities and societies. In anti-oppression training we carefully unravel those structures, gradually building a safe ground that can support us to explore these challenging themes step by step. Although the training content and process will address a wide range of discrimination and oppression structures, the main emphasis will be on how we can work with the dynamics that exist in smaller groups.
Applying foundational knowledge, frameworks and concepts used in anti-oppression work, participants will be invited to explore ways to deal with discrimination and oppression at the individual, organizational and systemic levels. Part of this work will be connected to identifying interdependence and interconnectedness through the lens of the intersectionality of struggles, learning how discrimination often intersects in complex ways (e.g. gender – race – – age – economic status).
We will encourage participants to step out beyond shaming and blaming strategies, and to reflect on the personal capacities and boundaries that grow out of the unique experience of our own conditioning. The focus will be on identifying ways of empowering people with experience of oppression in order to be able to build more sustainable social movements, as well as reflecting on the links between anti-oppression approach and solidarity practices.
Like all the other Ulex courses, this one will be held in the rural setting of the pre-Pyrenean mountains, enabling us to integrate some nature connection and awareness practices, working with body and mind. Those practices will help us to be more present in our training experience as well as providing the inspiration to look at our activism in a more holistic way.
The three facilitators will bring different approaches to anti-oppression work, coming from diverse cultural, activist and organisational backgrounds. Read more about them below.
Combating discrimination and developing participation: these are two main areas of Magda’s performances. Magda is an anti-discrimination and social skills trainer with over 15 years of experience. Researcher, co-author of several publications on discrimination (especially in educational system and how economical system has affected women). Affiliated with The Society of Anti-Discrimination Education in Poland where she is currently coordinating project “CEE Prevent Net – Central and Eastern European Network for the Prevention of Intolerance and Group Hatred”. Also working as a consultant of communities’ participation in rural areas in Poland.
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.
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.
a community of practice
Skills for building collective power
Agency, theory and strategy - a deep inquiry
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