Zavod Slokva so. p.
With our project we would like to help women immigrants from Albania, North Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Serbia in their integration into the Slovenian environment. The focus of the project is on intercultural connection and getting to know each other. The project would be implemented through various workshops such as cooking workshop, where cooperation would be built through traditional dishes of different cultures.
Slovenia, Carinthia region.
In the last few years, numerous citizens of other countries have immigrated to Slovenia for economic, political and personal reasons. At first, it was mostly male population which immigrated but now women and children are joining them. Studies show that women and children are a particularly vulnerable group. They don't get sufficient assistance which leads to many practical issues. The main challenge is communicating in Slovenian language. Women stay mostly at home ( they are not employed) and only socialize with their own native speaking groups, so they don’t have the opportunity to speak Slovenian. Due to their lack of knowledge of our language, it is difficult for them to communicate in kindergartens, schools, at the doctor's and in various other public institutions.
The project will strengthen democracy and active citizenship at the local and national levels by actively involving immigrant women in the local community and teaching them about human rights, which is an integral part of a democratic society. We are aiming to reduce intolerance towards immigrants in Slovenia and more actively involve immigrant women in the community through various activities. We want to spread a very necessary knowledge, respect and connection to differences and different cultures in our environment. We see the solution to intolerance, in learning from each other, in emphasizing diversity but at the same time finding common values that connect us. To give individuals with a migrant background a space and platform for better opportunities in our society.
For immigrant women from Albania, North Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Serbia living in the Carinthia region in Slovenia. We will also indirectly include their children and the rest of the Slovenian population in the Carinthia region.
The immigrant women will work with professional staff employed in our organisation and if needed we will give them a choice to talk and work with independent contractors - experts in various fields relevant to our project. Our organisation's main job is to offer them support and assistance in integrating into the local society in a safe place where they can meet, socialize and share their experiences and knowledge. We are planning on organizing seminars, workshops and other useful activities.
Few examples: - Cooking workshops, - Basics of Slovene, -Presentation of their culture,-Presentation of Slovenian culture,-Creative workshops,- Job search assistance,-Creating, designing and publishing a booklet,-Physical exercise,-Child care, -Basics of computer science.
The expected results are:
- a group around 15 participants
- better integration of immigrant women into Slovenian society,
- developing a successful intercultural dialogue,
- getting to know each other,
- confronting and overcoming prejudices,
- raising awareness of other cultures in our local society,
- recognizing that individual differences stem from cultural aspects,
- overcoming stereotypes.
Interculturalism is and has been present in Europe for a long time. With our project we would like to strengthen dialogue and cooperation between majority and minority communities. The common core values on which immigrants and the majority society adapt to each other, would be strengthened. We want to emphasise the foundations of accepting and understanding diversity, educate local public about common cultural and civilizational values stemming from European tradition, promote mutual tolerance, respect, diversity and cooperation with others, and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. This would strengthen the democratic society in local environment and some parts of Europe.
We strive for intercultural socialization and the reduction of social exclusion. We also want the participants of Slovenian nationality to get to know different cultures and develop tolerance towards other nationalities. With the workshops we try to present to the locals different cultures of nations, what are their customs, cuisine in order not to cultivate intolerance and hostility, but to realize that diversity can be an added value.
Funding requested from Civic Europe
Personnel costs: 32000€
Costs for workshops (organization,cooking, creative material, travel expenses for participants): 9400€
Office expenses: 3600€
Promotional material: 1000€
Booklet costs: 2000€
Indirect costs: 2000€