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Solidarity with Civil Society Organizations Promoting Women’s Rights in Hungary

Stop Targeting Hungarian NGOs!

Since its re-election, the Hungarian government launched a campaign attacking the credibility of Hungarian NGOs and strives to gain controlling power over their funding, currently distributed independently from the government. We believe that a dynamic and independent civil society plays a fundamental role in a democratic society, as it is one of the key checks and balances to governing power. As demonstrated by Putin’s Russia, the harassment of the civil sector could easily lead to the criminalization of NGOs and could effectively hinder their work. We stand in solidarity with the Hungarian NGOs and call on the Hungarian and all other governments to refrain from harassing civil society!

We publish the statement above as members of the European networks WAVE and ASTRA, on the request of Hungarian NGOs like NANE, Patent, Hungarian Women’s Lobby due the the recent actions of the Hungarian government related to limitting the access of NGOs to the EEA and Norway Grants for NGOs.

LOG IN – Gender Based Violence and the New Media

Teenagers, cyberbullying, peer education, involving adults – some of the key words in our discussions with the partners of the project LOG IN – Laboratories on Gender Violence in New Media,  funded by the European Union through the Daphne Program. A.L.E.G. hosted on 4 and 5 June 2014 a project meeting in Sibiu where the partners shared the outcomes of the pilot activities implemented in paralel in Italy, Lithuania, Cyprus and Romania and discussed the continuation of the project. Last year the partners have developed a training module for youth aged 14 to 18 to teach teenagers about gender based violence and the role of internet and social networks in encouraging violence. Peer education is included so that the trained students can teacIMG_8060h their colleagues about prevention of violence and exercise the use of new technology for promoting positive patterns of behavior. 250 youth in each of the 4 countries have already been involved in the educational sessions held in schools by the project teams, and 400 adults (teachers, parents, youth workers) are being trained in order to address the topics of gender based violence and the responsible use of social networks. The teenagers have had the chance to produce video spots against violence and receive awards for their work and similar events as the LOG IN GALA in Sibiu, Romania happened in Modena (Italy), Nicossia (Cyprus) and Klaipeda (Lithuania).  By December, the project will produce final guidelines so that the educational sessions can be replicated and mainstreamed by teachers or non-formal educators in order to integrate the topic of gender based violence and internet in the education of youth.

The project partners are: City of Modena  (Italy), Centro Docummentazione Donna (Italy),  The Mediteranean Institute for Gender Studies (Cyprus) and the  Information Center for Women (Lithuania), A.L.E.G. (Romania).