"A Europe of Diasporas" was presented at OSCE/ODIHR event as a successful example of coalition building

Brussels
17/06/2016
Society Politics

The network "A Europe of Diasporas" was presented as a successful example of coalition building between civil society organisations and groups in the European Parliament. 

Benjamin Fischer, president of the European Union of Jewish Students, presented the successes and challenges of the project "A Europe of Diasporas" in the event on the role of civil society coalitions in responding to anti-Semitism, discrimination and intolerance organized by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), in co-operation with the European Parliament’s Anti-Racism and Diversity Intergroup (ARDI), on June 16. 

"Every organisation involved had to experience, what it means to be alone, when advocating on our own behalf. Knowing that we have partners on our side and being louder together is an uplifting experience", said Bennjamin Fischer.

Cartoon illustration of the network "A Europe of Diasporas"

Soraya Post, Member of the European Parliament, Co-President ARDI, said: "Europe is strongest when it protects its diversity, tolerance and openness. Having spent many years as activist working on coalition building between different groups, I know what an empowered civil society can do to prevent and address hate crimes and discrimination. We must keep investing in those networks and people, across Europe."

The Europe of Diasporas projects is funded by the European Union.