“Development of international civil initiatives against racism and violence in Russia and Russian-speaking countries”, Voronezh, 27-30 November 2011


In the last years there appeared a great deal of approaches, methods and ideas in respond to xenophobia and discrimination, the rise of nationalism, and failure of multiculturalism ideology that present different views on how to oppose these challenges. All these ideas are based on different understandings of the world and social and educational work. Very often they are developed in closed teams, separate organizations and are practiced independently. 

We believe it is important to be aware of all sorts of different methods and approaches to bring about systematic social changes. That would help us to look from different perspectives on what we/others do and give us ideas what methods we could use or what we need to develop, change or improve. Moreover, communication with the people who share our ideas always stimulates development and gives us the strength that we need.

But besides the actual methods it is also important to discuss the urgent challenges of the modern world to better understand the social context that we work in, give adequate ideas and solutions to civil organizations, authorities, educational institutions and people who are not experts but who want to make a difference and influence the situation.

To discuss all these questions we, the International Youth Human Rights Movement and the European Network UNITED for Intercultural Action under the joint support of our partners, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Human Rights House (Voronezh) organise the international conference “Development of international civil initiatives against racism and violence in Russia and Russian-speaking countries” in Voronezh, 27-30 November 2011.

We would be delighted to see among the conference participants:
- representatives of civil, youth and human rights organizations that deal with racism, discrimination and hate crimes,
- young teachers and representatives of educational departments and youth agencies, student activists and active schoolchildren,
- representatives of the groups that stand for minorities’ rights and interests
- представителей групп, которые защищают права и интересы меньшинств
and other people who are not indifferent and who are interested in the discussion of the general agenda in this sphere, for authorities and the educational/humanitarian community.

The conference programme depends to a large extent on the participants and will include a number of open discussions, working groups, master-classes and experts’ talks. That’s why when you fill in the application form, please, indicate what you can contribute to the content of the conference.
Various educational initiatives and working groups will be presented within the following sections:

  • Peace-making projects and initiatives – we believe that human integrity is bound up with the practices against militaristic ideology. We will present in this block the future and past peace-building initiatives and discuss what we can do in this field in Russian-speaking countries.
  • Nonracial education for adultsBaustein – an educational concept of how to deal with racism in various communities was translated and published by the YHRM in Russian this year. Living Library is an unusual library where real people replace books and are ready to answer any questions of the “readers”. It gives us an opportunity to learn more about the people who are around us.
  • Educational actions for young people – by giving an example of the Anna Frank House travelling exhibition and educational projects of UNITED and the Youth network against racism and intolerance.
  • International campaigns and solidarity between activists - by giving examples of the European campaign “Reclaim Solidarity” and Polish “Coalition 11 November” and others.
  • Educational art projects - by giving an example of the comics project “Respect”.

The experts from the European network UNITED for Intercultural Action, International Youth Human Rights Movement, Youth network against racism and intolerance, Moscow Helsinki Group, Anna Frank House (the Netherlands), “Living Library”, comics festival “ComMission” and others will be among the participants of the conference.

How to take part in the conference:
Unfortunately, we cannot invite everyone, so the participants will be selected on a competitive basis.

The organizers can

  • reimburse travel expenses for the Russian participants travelling by the most economical means of transport and also partially reimburse the costs of the participants from Ukraine and Belarus;
  • provide meals and accommodation to all the participants during the conference.


The priority will be given to:

  • the participants coming from the following Russian regions: Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Voronezh, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Rostov, Krasnodar, Stavropol, Central Chernozem region, and also the participants from Ukraine and Belarus;
  • the participants who can pay the full price or cover partially their travel to the conference venue;
  • members of the European network UNITED for Intercultural Action;
  • participants and correspondents of the YHRM.

To apply, please fill in the application form and send it to conference2011@yhrm.org before 1 November!

See you soon!


Conference organizing group:
Anastasia Nikitina, Alexander Drook, Konstantin Baranov, Lena Dudukina, Irina Aksenova.
+7 4732 54 55 29 - tel.
+7 4732 54 55 30 - fax.
+7 915 548 71 90 - mobile phone
+7 919 242 87 10 - mobile phone.

The conference will be held in the framework of the project “Civil organizations serving society: youth actions against racism, nationalism and xenophobia and for human rights and intercultural dialogue”, supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Netherlands) in the scope of the MATRA programme.