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Last weekend the members of the PATH project and the Building Bridges campaign teamed up in Budapest for a coordination meeting. Both PATH and Building Bridges focus on refugee related topics, PATH on learning lessons from the forced migration in the past and Building Bridges on cooperation, knowledge sharing and raising awareness about refugee issues. The meeting was successful and gave direction to future work. Main areas of work were identified and tasks distributed to the team members.

Photo made by Suvi Helko, EVS at International Secretariat SCI, at Path and Building Bridges meetings in Budapest, Novem,ber 2016

SCI activists were busy planting this year! The 3rd phase of GAIA MicroGrants came to an end in November after 8 projects were implemented in India, South Africa, Germany, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Estonia, Bangladesh and Mauritius. Each project received financial support of up to 500 euro and peer-to-peer mentoring by members of the program team. 


We have an exciting opportunity to cover the maternity leave of our International Coordinator (IC) at the International Secretariat of SCI, in Antwerp, Belgium. The duration of the contract is fixed term, preferably starting no later than February 1st 2017 until the current International Coordinator ends maternity leave (minimum until end of August 2016), with possible prolongation. You can find the detailed explanation of the IC responsibilities, the expected candidate profile, and other relevant information in the full callThe International Executive Committee of SCI will start evaluation of applications from 12th December 2016, shortlisted candidates will be contacted to schedule interviews.

Today, 25th of November is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and even today a lot of people, unfortunately, underrate the problem.
The United Nations defines violence against women as "any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or mental harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life”. Global estimates published by WHO indicate that about 1 in 3 (35%) women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime.
According to the COE women aged 15- 44 are more at risk from rape and domestic violence than from cancer, motor accidents and malaria.

Our SCI delegate attended the The European Youth Forum’s General Assembly in Varna, Bulgaria last week, during which workshops, elections (President, Vice-Presidents, Board Members, Financial Control Commission) and discussions on the future of Europe took place. The host of the meeting "youth capital Varna" organized a spectacular opening ending in the announcement of the jury decision for the European youth capital 2019: Novi Sad! Read the daily report from the YFJ for more details on elections results and discussion topics.

european youth forumSCI delegate among the 250 delegates attending the YFJ biennial general assembly, Bulgaria (November 2016) photo by:YFJ


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