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press release

Granada 4 November 2016

Spain, Slovakia and Austria take the first steps of SISUMMA (Social Initiative of Support to Minorities through Media Activism). This European project took off in Granada (Spain) the 5th of October 2016 with the first Citizens´ Debate between local NGOs and other European organizations to share best practices supporting minorities in their countries and to discuss how to build narratives for diversity using new technologies.
Subsequently, on the 14th October the Open Society Foundation held an international conference in Bratislava (Slovakia) on challenges and barriers faced by Muslims in Europe. The event brought together both representatives of the Muslim communities and experts from Slovakia and abroad in order to share their experience and knowledge. The conference focused on Muslim identities in contemporary Europe, historical perspectives and best practices to counter anti-Muslim attitudes.
Finally, on the 3rd of November in Vienna (Austria) Südwind organized an event called “Afrophobia-Recognition” to raise awareness about the contributions of People of African descent and Black European´s to Europe and claim for recognition through education, cultural rights and proper data collection in Austria. Several discussions on this subjects were conducted by local experts and artists accompanied by poetic readings.
These are the first activities carried out by SISUMMA´s partners: Südwind (Austria), Petit Philosophy (Croatia), The Peipsi Center for Transboundary Cooperation (Estonia) and The Open Society Foundation (Slovakia) together with the Euro Arab Foundation, leader of the project, which coordinates the wide variety of activities that will take place during the project´s execution that will last until March 2018.
SISUMMA aims to foster tolerance, respect and multicultural dialogue among young Europeans through several training activities and debates on the values of a dynamic European citizenship. It is co-funded by the programme “Europe with its citizens” of the European Union witth 137.500€.
Some of the activities that will take place across the 5 countries are: webinars, seminars, conferences, training for youth leaders and teachers, workshops for journalists and students, exhibitions, film screenings, debates, roundtables, creation of podcasts and radio programmes, among others.
Updates and information on SISUMMA´s webpage and blog: www.sisumma.com.

We encourage participation through our social networks: https://www.facebook.com/sisumma/ and https://twitter.com/sisumma_eu
For further information contact the EuroArab Foundation at: +34 958 206 508 and info@sisumma.com.
Contact persons: Javier Ruipérez, Jose Mª González and Lucía López

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