Join us for a chat online on discrimination

By Svetlana Salamatova

Our inter-dependent world has more diversity than  before. However, this does not mean that people live in peace and harmony.  They struggle with discrimination and inequality. Racism, sexism and other systems of oppression related to disabilities, class, ethnicity, age and sexual orientation continue to impact people in all societies. 

During discussions at the ICA Africa / Global Board gathering in Tanzania in May 2015, the idea of an online dialogue on discrimination was born. The dialogues started two months later as a one-hour session on a weekly basis. About five to ten people take part. So far, we have had participation from people in Ukraine, UK, Poland, Kenya, Zambia, Somalia, Tunis and India. They come from a range of backgrounds, including civil society, the media and academia.  They take turns to facilitate and lead discussions on a wide range of topics. So far, these have included conflict-based discrimination, gender-based discrimination, women in leadership and disability inclusion.

It has been a fascinating journey. Participants say they learnt a great deal from the experiences of people in other countries and have developed a more global perspective on the issues around discrimination.  This has empowered them to more effectively challenge discrimination and systems of oppression in their own communities and environments.

We invite you to join the dialogues, which take place every Tuesday at the following times:

GMT / UTC          10.00 – 11.00 am
Ukraine               12.00 – 1.00 pm
Kenya                   1.00 – 2.00 pm
India                     3.30 – 4.30 pm

on our Global ICA Channel: https://plus.google.com

The dialogues are an example of practical partnership born out of discussions among a range of ICA-related organisations, in particular the International Association of Facilitators (IAF), with technical support of Media IC (Poland) as well as an innovative use of new media.  Anyone with Internet access can join the dialogues anywhere in the world.

We also invite you to visit the blog www.embraceeveryone.wordpress.com to explore issues around discrimination and social inclusion.

For further information, please contact:

John Cornwell (VSO Jitolee / IAF) johnkingsley9@hotmail.com
Svitlana Salamatova (VP ICAI)       svetasalamatova@gmail.com
Sergey Sukhoboychenko (Media IC) 380sergey@gmail.com


Svetlana Salamatova (svetasalamatova@gmail.com) is head of ICA Ukraine.

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