Wednesday, December 5th, 2018: ECMI team conducts a training course at the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (IFA) in Stuttgart

The ECMI and the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa) have been cooperating successfully in recent years. However, this will be the first time that ECMI conducts an inhouse workshop on minority issues. ECMI researchers, Stanislav Cernega and Viktoria Martovskaya, will be in Stuttgart this week to train 20 employees from the cross-cultural department on minority issues in Europe.

After a short introduction on the historical development of minority rights in Europe and the different stages of its conceptual development, the trainers will provide an overview on International/European hard and soft law relevant for the protection of national minorities.

After this initial stage of the workshop, the training will be divided into various sessions dealing with the following topics: Non-Discrimination and Equality, Media and Minorities, Religious Diversity, Hate Speech and Contemporary Challenges to Minority Rights.

Following this intensive workshop, the participants will be able to understand the basic concepts related to non-discrimination and equality, gain a greater awareness of what constitutes discrimination and how it can manifest itself. Furthermore, they will be equipped with several methods or techniques to encourage non-discrimination and equality. The participants will be made more aware of the importance of diversity in discourse, the benefits of media-by and media-for minorities and of religious prejudices.

It is worth mentioning, that in the last session (Hate Speech and Contemporary Challenges to Minority Rights), the participants will be given an opportunity to apply their newly gained knowledge to a case study surrounding hate speech in Crimean media. The sessions will conclude by laying out the new challenges posed to minority rights and the protection of minorities concerning populism or environmental degradation.

ECMI sends its warmest regards to Stuttgart, wishing them an empowering day!

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