AWARE CAMPAIGN ANTI-RACIST WORKSHOP IN MULTIPURPOSE MUNICIPAL CENTRE OF NICOSIA

Anti-Racist Journalism and the fight against Hate Speech

The AWARE campaign with the partnership of Multipurpose Municipal Centre of Nicosia successfully lead an interactive workshop on ‘’anti-racist journalism and the fight against hate speech’’ on the 18th of December 2019 at the Multipurpose Municipal Centre of Nicosia.

Journalists, one of whom was an asylum seeker, conveyed their experience in covering the stories of refugees and asylum seekers in Cyprus. Journalists Costas Constantinou from ‘’Politis’’, Olga Constantinou and Maria Tsaggari – Alpha TV and the Iranian journalist Behzad Ahmadinia shared openly their professional experiences and discussed them with the young participants interested in anti-racist reporting.

Following the discussion, the young participants interviewed refugee and asylum seekers from Cameroon, Syria, Somalia and Palestine. They conducted investigative journalism around their living conditions, the difficulties they face in Cyprus, their dreams and aspirations in the society that welcomes them.

The workshop was accompanied by authentic Syrian food cooked by the family of one of the asylum seekers.

More information: ‘’AWARE’’ Team
Email: [email protected]
Phone number: 22875561-3 / 99024901
Website: cyprusaware.eu

PRESS RELEASE Anti-racist journalism and the fight against hate speech

The AWARE campaign, in collaboration with the Multipurpose Municipal Centre of Nicosia, organizes an interactive workshop on “anti-racist journalism and the fight against hate speech”.

The event will take place on Wednesday 18 December 2019, on the International Immigrant Day, at 18. 00 pm at the Nicosia Multipurpose Municipal Centre, Nikiforou Foka 40, Nicosia 1016 (Famagusta Gate).

In the workshop, young participants will have the opportunity to meet journalists dealing with refugee and migrant issues. Journalists Costas Constantinou from ‘’Politis’’, Olga Constantinou and Maria Tsaggari – Alpha TV and the Iranian journalist Behzad Ahmadinia, will convey their experiences to the participants, from their experience in the coverage of events.

Then the young people themselves will interview refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants from Syria, Somalia, Cameroon, Palestine and Gambia. They will conduct investigative journalism around their living conditions, the difficulties they face in Cyprus, their dreams and aspirations in the society that welcomes them.

The young participants will be offered authentic food, prepared by a refugee family from Syria.

Registration (limited number of available places) και information:
AWARE group – [email protected] 2875561-3 | 99024901
Ηλεκτρονική εγγραφή bit.ly/aware-registration-form

“AWARE” SEMINAR AT LEFKARA LYCEUM – Young people for a world without discrimination and prejudices

The “Aware” campaign team organized a seminar at Lefkara High School, aiming to provide a better understanding of the migration and refugee phenomenon as well as starting a dialogue with young people about combating xenophobia.

The seminar took place on Wednesday, November 6, in collaboration with the management of the Lyceum.

The “Aware” team organized first an informative presentation which was followed by an experiential workshop and different interactive applications on the Internet. The students participated actively in the seminar, raised questions and developed their thoughts on issues that relate to acceptance, empathy and practical support for the process of integrating refugees and migrants in school and society.

The team presented the global migratory flows and the increased flows of the last two years in Cyprus, the ways in which the asylum function operates and explained in further detail the reception and integration processes. Later they had the chance to observe a Greek language strengthening class aimed for children with an immigrant background, whom they had the chance to be acquainted with.

“Aware” information and awareness campaign is co-financed by the European Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund and the Republic of Cyprus.

For more information regarding the seminars in Universities and for the campaign contact us at 22875561 or [email protected]

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Press Release – NEW “AWARE” SEMINAR CYCLE IN UNIVERSITIES Together with young people for a world without discrimination and prejudices.

While refugee crisis being one of the most important issues in public debate in
Cyprus and the rest of the E.U., ”AWARE” team launches another round of seminars in universities on the occasion of the start of the new academic year.

The campaign aims to inform and raise the awareness of young people about refugees and immigrants, the difficulties they face especially in the early stages of their arrival in Cyprus, as well as striving for smooth integration.

The” AWARE” team seeks to provide a better understanding of the contemporary
migration phenomenon in Cyprus and the need for effective management
of the increased flows of asylum seekers and the integration of refugees into the Cypriot society.

The “Aware” Campaign, which runs for 3 years, has been to over 50 schools and universities throughout Cyprus. It has managed to turn the slogan “Be Aware” into engaging students to take in real action against prejudice and racism against hundreds of young people.

During the seminars, the “Aware” team presents objective data, explains the framework of obligations and responsibilities of the host society of immigrants and refugees, opens the dialogue with young people and answers their questions.

Seminars at the universities, are specifically targeted related to the direction of each course in collaboration with academic staff.

The” AWARE” information and awareness campaign is co-funded by European
Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund and the Republic of Cyprus.

More information on seminars at Universities and about the Campaign at
22875561 or at [email protected] .

“Refugee woman, migrant woman in Cyprus” – Shocking testimonies and experiences of women.

Shocking testimonies and experiences of women, refugees and immigrants were heard during an event devoted to the female refugee and the immigrant woman in Cyprus.

Women from Somalia, Syria, Congo and the Philippines have given their own messages through their experiential narratives, narrating what they have been through until they reach Cyprus, as well as the thoughts and difficulties they face
every day in the local society.

The event took place on 9 July in Nicosia and is part of the broader context of a campaign for information and a series of actions carried out by the Office of the Commissioner for Administration and Human rights and the Aware campaign.

“My door is open to all of you and I am responsible for the readiness of our office to listen to you and to guide you, as well as to mediate your righteous demands,” underlined the Commissioner for Administration and Protection of Human Rights Maria Stylianou – Lottides. Welcoming women refugees and immigrants as well as the audience, M. Lottides, added that the event is a small contribution to support the smooth integration of refugees and migrants into the Cypriot society.

“The general message of the event is the Acceptance, Respect and Integration of all of us, as it characterizes the aim of our campaign”, a project co-financed by the European Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund and the Republic of Cyprus, said, the representative of the campaign “Aware”, Irene Theodoulou.

Ester Beatty called on Cypriots to treat people coming from the Philippines and usually work as domestic workers, as equals and not as second-class citizens.

Rema, from Syria, voiced power messages as a single mother woman. She experienced war and after so many years he hopes for a better future and support for all the people who have experienced the vortex of war.

Two unaccompanied minors from Somalia, who have now reached adulthood,  Zulenga and Nasiyo. They shared with the audience the journey they made to reach Cyprus as unaccompanied young girls and the daily challenges and struggles they
are experiencing.

Garcia the young girl from the Congo, came to Cyprus at a very young age, she mentioned that in Cyprus she felt love and acceptance something that helped her achieve her goals. She added that she is an excellent student and athlete and that
she is full of dreams and goals for the future.

The event was completed with an artistic program prepared by refugees. Ibrahim Kamara from Gambia and Sano from Guinea, travelled us through the sounds of djembe drums, following that Robavine Azangu present his own song. In addition to that women from Philippines danced traditional dances and the artistic program ended with Michael N. N, who perform a poem that he wrote himself titled “We’re Here and waiting still”.

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“Refugee woman, migrant woman in Cyprus”

The Commissioner for Administration and Protection of Human Rights and the AWARE campaign organise the event “Refugee woman, migrant woman in Cyprus”, on 9th July 2019, at 19:00, at the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Centre (Lykourgou street, Nicosia)

The event is part of the actions and the awareness raising campaign of the Office of the Commissioner for Administration, regarding refugees and immigrants and, in general, discrimination against vulnerable groups.

The aim of the event is to make all of us aware of the difficulties faced by refugees and immigrants, and especially women, through empirical narrations, which will be presented at the event.

The event is supported by the UN High Commission for Refugees in Cyprus, the Cyprus Refugee Council, the Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies and the Association of Recognized Refugees.

The event is open to the public.

Programme of the event is included.

For more information:
22 875561-3 / 22 405501

 

A party dedicated to refugees at Faneromeni

6th Annual Street Festival for the World Refugee Day

For the 6th consecutive year, the Annual World Refugee Festival takes place at Faneromeni Square in Nicosia, on Friday, June 14, from 6pm to 10pm. Organizers of the event are the Cyprus Refugee Council and the Aware Campaign, under the auspices of the Municipality of Nicosia and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Cyprus.

The festival sends the message of acceptance and solidarity with refugees, aiming at raising awareness of issues concerning the living conditions of refugees and asylum seekers in Cyprus.

The festival’s rich program includes music and dance, but also food. Traditional dishes from all over the world will be available as well as information stands of organizations dealing with issues of immigrants and refugees.

The festival will be preceded by a radio live link from Radio First 99.3, with Cristiana Georgiou and Christos Michalaros from 16:00 to 18:00.

The festival is part of the Cyprus Aware Campaign which aims to raise public awareness on issues about refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants and is co-funded by the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund and the Republic of Cyprus.

Participants: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Cyprus, Municipal Multipurpose Center of Nicosia, Hope For Children, Center of Social Innovation, Association of Recognized Refugees in Cyprus, SOS Children’s Village, Cyprus Red Cross Society, KISA, Accept-LGBT Cyprus, Refugee Support Cener, The Oasis Project, miHub, Youth Board of Cyprus, Cardet, International Organization for Migration Cyprus, Cyprus Stop Trafficking, Synthesis-Center for Research and Education and Sistema Cyprus.

Participate to the street festival and take a Step with Refugees! Send a message of support and solidarity towards refugees!

For more information:

Tel. 22875561-3
e-mail:  [email protected], [email protected]
Join us on social Media: @cyrefugeecouncil @cyprusaware
Our Facebook event: https://bit.ly/2R4g5Vu

European Action Week Against Racism “Aware” Campaign with active interventions – Infopoints in Nicosia’s City Centre

On the occasion of the European Action Week Against Racism (16 – 23 March 2019) the activities of the campaign of raising awareness “Aware” for refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants are being extended.

In collaboration with the Cyprus Refugee Council, CARITAS and the Association of Recognized Refugees Cyprus, the “Aware” Campaign organises on Saturday, March 23rd at the beginning of Ledras – Onasagorou street a gathering with an information stand and live stream of relevant radio programme.

The “Aware” Campaign acquires significant purpose since the last two years increase of incoming refugees and asylum seekers has been observed, especially from Syria as well as Africa.

The main aim is for the Cypriot Society to gain objective and exhaustive knowledge regarding the refugee and immigration waves, come in contact with the communities of refugees and immigrants and take part in welcoming them and help them adapt.

The campaign especially focuses in the new generation, journalists and the local society.

Interactive seminars and workshops take place in schools and universities, events, while spreading information and raising awareness through mass and social media.

The new wave of this campaign will last for 18 months with the ultimate goal to strengthen the feeling of acceptance of diversity in a society which for years has been becoming  more multicultural.

The campaign is co-funded by the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund and the Republic of Cyprus in order to support the team efforts for smooth integration of refugees and immigrants.

For more information:

Phone no. 22875561-3
E-mail: [email protected]
Find on social Media: @cyprusaware
Be #Aware – Γίνε συμμέτοχος!

A new meeting place for refugees and asylum seekers

The Association of Recognised Refugees announced on Friday it had acquired its own space in Nicosia which will operate as a meeting point and a place where refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants can meet each other and express solidarity.

The mission of the New Genesis Centre is to create a community among refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants, the association said, “highlighting their identity, their contribution to the host society and the need to restore their hope and prospect to rebuild their lives.”

The Association of Recognised Refugees participates in the AWARE campaign Respect- Accept – Integrate, for information and public awareness in Cyprus – a programme co-funded by the EU and the Republic of Cyprus.

The association calls on everyone to get in touch with them and participate in their activities at the New Genesis Centre.

They also called for volunteers who can offer items to equip and upgrade the space such as furniture they no longer need, office equipment, decoration, etc.

New Genesis Centre is located on 17 Pericleous street in the old part of Nicosia.

Source: https://cyprus-mail.com/2018/10/20/a-new-meeting-place-for-refugees-and-asylum-seekers/

M. Trajkovic: The Olympic champion who makes us proud, gives a humanitarian message!

Serbian origin sprinter Milan Trajkovic who is competing with the colors of our homeland, sends his own message of solidarity to the refugees and immigrants living in Cyprus. 

He talks about his success in the Olympics in 2016, the first years in Cyprus where he found himself after the war in his country, the values ​​of life he learned in athletics, racism and diversity. 

Milan Trajkovic is a supporter of the AWARE Campaign for Refugees and Immigrants. 

Watch his entire interview in the following video: