Tuesday, 25 November 2008

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November 2008

Council of Europe: "We are not doing enough for women victims of violence"

Strasbourg, 24.11.2008 – On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women tomorrow, Council of Europe Secretary General Terry Davis today called on states to improve support services for victims.

"Our responsibility does not stop at adopting laws. We need to create minimum standards for services to support women victims of violence", he said.

The Council of Europe today published two studies which address two of the organisation´s objectives to combat violence against women: support and protection of victims, and arrangements for the systematic collection of statistical data.

The study "Combating violence against women: minimum standards for support services" by Prof. Liz Kelly and Lorna Dubois points out that the availability and quality of services vary considerably within and between states, and that even the provision of shelters, the most available service, "is considered insufficient in most countries". It recommends states to establish minimum services such as at least one national telephone help line depending on population and also provide crisis services which are available 24 hours every day of the year.

The report "Administrative data collection on domestic Violence in Council of Europe member states" by experts Elina Ruuskanen and Kauko Aromaa points out that the judiciary, the police and social services rarely collect data on violence against women and as a consequence "violence against women remains invisible in the public administration system".

Council of Europe Press Division
Tel: +33 (0)3 88 41 25 60
Fax:+33 (0)3 88 41 39 11

--> Learn more about the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November 2008.

Thursday, 20 November 2008

Spain debates accountability for Franco-era crimes

Press release Crimes of War Project
19 November 2008

Controversial Judge Baltasar Garzón has provoked a heated debate in Spain by ordering the exhumations of mass graves of victims of the Civil War of 1936-1939 and the ensuing Franco dictatorship.

In an article for the Crimes of War Project, Katherine Iliopoulos examines the background and legal implications of the latest in a series of provocative moves by Judge Garzón to bring posthumous justice to victims of war crimes perpetrated by repressive regimes.

View the article by clicking on the link: http://crimesofwar.org/onnews/news-spain.html

--> Learn more about this topic in HREA's Crimes of War: What the Public Should Know - Educator's Guide.

6th annual report of Citizenship Education Longitudinal Study (CELS) in England

The 6th annual report from this study has recently been published. Entitled Young People's Civic Participation In and Beyond School: Attitudes, Intentions and Influences, this report focuses on young people's civic participation in and outside of school, and draws on a longitudinal survey of Year 11 students (age 15 to 16) that was conducted in 75 schools in 2006-2007.

Over 11,000 students completed the latest questionnaire, which is the third CELS survey that this cohort has participated in. The report also highlights any preliminary changes and trends that may have emerged since the first and second surveys were undertaken in Year 7 and Year 9. The report also presents some preliminary findings from the longitudinal survey of teachers and school leaders from these 75 schools. In doing so, the findings move on thinking and understanding about how young people develop citizenship dimensions and raise a number of issues that require further investigation.

More details about the Study and Report are available from the DCSF website and the NFER website: http://www.nfer.ac.uk/cels.

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Vienna Conference on Intercultural Dialogue

The European conference, “Intercultural Dialogue – Challenge for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education” was co-organised by the DARE network within its EU-funded project Democracy and Human Rights Education in Adult Learning, the Council of Europe DG IV, the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture (bmukk) and Zentrum POLIS in Vienna (14-16 November 2008). 230 people from 37 European countries representing the broad field of NGO practice, research and policy level attended the event in order to come closer together around this core competency of civic education.

Policy recommendations:

  • Intercultural learning and intercultural dialogue belong to the core competences of education for democratic citizenship and human rights. Intercultural dialogue is a value in itself but still remains an educational task. DARE wants to point out that intercultural learning should be understood as a diversity-oriented approach that aims people to understand and value each other in a multi-dimensional way: be it religious, be it in terms of gender, be it handicapped or not-handicapped, be it in terms of language, race or social/national origin. Out of an educative perspective, intercultural learning should not be reduced to a buzz word or slogan, but should aim to contribute to more democratic societies in Europe.

  • Intercultural dialogue shall not be reduced to a slogan of a single European Year but remains a core task for all actions and measures taken on the political levels of Europe and its member states. The ability for intercultural learning is a core question for the future of all European societies and corresponds with major future political decisions: migration, aging, social wellbeing and economic competitiveness. Therefore it is more than a political appeal but remains an educational task that affects the future of Europe especially in adult learning.

  • All European bodies are asked to support the European Charter for Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights as sets a standard for intercultural learning and its implication for the various educational systems in Europe where the EU and its member states should not fall behind.

More info:

Georg Pirker

DARE – Democracy and Human Rights Education in Adult Learning

c/o Arbeitskreis deutscher Bildungsstätten (AdB)

Mühlendamm 3, 10178 Berlin



A print version of the the documentation will be released soon in the DARE blue-lines (
Looking forward to getting all of you involved with DARE´s further activities.

Monday, 17 November 2008

Education vital in efforts to defeat intolerance

*** Learn more about the International Day for Tolerance, 16 November 2008.

16 November 2008 – Education is one of the most useful ways to overcome intolerance because it highlights similarities between people and helps to spread a healthy respect for differences, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

In a message marking the International Day for Tolerance, which is observed today, Mr. Ban said the promotion of tolerance was especially valuable in the contemporary era of globalization, interdependence and increased mobility.

"While diversity is an invaluable asset, it can also be a source of tension," he said. "Tolerance can diffuse potential conflicts. It can help prevent theories of racial or cultural superiority from emerging, and help societies to gradually overcome long-held prejudices and negative stereotypes."

Mr. Ban stressed that tolerance should not be mistaken for either concession or condescension, and should also not be confused with indifference.

"Genuine tolerance is about openness, curiosity and communication. It goes hand in hand with knowledge and understanding. Education is one of the best ways to prevent intolerance, by revealing similarities between people and spreading a healthy respect for differences."

This week the General Assembly held a high-level meeting featuring Mr. Ban and numerous international leaders to discuss Saudi Arabia's "Culture of Peace" initiative, exploring ways to increase tolerance between peoples of different faiths and cultures.

UN News Service

Vienna Conference on orangelog

A team from the European Youth Press documented the just finished Conference on Intercultural Dialogue in Vienna read more on Orangelog

Human Rights Film Week in Wuerzburg, Germany

The University of Applied Sciences, Wuerzburg, Germany, is organizing a Human Rights Film Week (December 8-12, 2008). This event is one example of the DARE Synchronized Action Days - a joint campaign to increase the visibility of the hundreds and thousands of projects in the field of education for democratic citizenship and human rights education constantly undertaken by many organsations in Europe.
http://www.fhws.de/termine.htm for the programme of the Human Rights Film Week!

Sunday, 16 November 2008

Practioners meet policy makers meet experts from academia

The DARE Conference "Intercultural Dialogue - Challenge for EDC and HRE" Nov 14-16) brought these three groups together.

Some impressions:
The conference was opened by Olöf Oláfsdottir (Head of Division for Citizenship and Human Rights Education, Council of Europe) who emphasized, that in her opinion it is not acceptable that social and cultural groups in Europe live separated from each other, sharing just mutual ignorance, but not sharing values.
The conference ended with a presentation by Bashy Quraishy (European Network Against Racism, who explained the difference between lip service and intercultural reality in Europe. He favoured the model of an intercultural society where majority and minority groups coexist on eye-level in their separate private spheres and share a common public space (employment, housing, culture etc.) - versus a model of multiculturalism, where minority cultures are merely tolerated on the periphery, but not accepted.

The conference video documentary and the reports from workshops (including handouts and presentations from trainers and experts) will be posted soon at http://www.dare-network.eu/.

Journalists from the European Youth Press Network EYP interviewed the participants and documented workshops and discussion groups. See http://www.orangelog.eu/ for the reports and pics.

MEP Christa Prets (right) and MEP Doris Pack (left) stated: "You don´t need a lobbyist to access members of the European Parliament - just call us!" They joined the conference for half a day and will support the DARE hearing in the EP on the state of art in EDC/HRE in Brussels in spring 2009.

Where do we go from here? Join DARE and roll the ball towards the next common project!

Thursday, 13 November 2008

DARE Team Vienna is looking forward to see you!

The DARE Team in Vienna is busy with the last preparations for the conference starting on Nov. 14. We´re just finalizing 163 conference packages for the participants - see the pics below. As we are eager to test sustainable conferencing, you´ll get all information A) in print and B) on an USB drive. Please share your feedback after the conference: Is the print version still neccessary?
See you soon,
Your DARE Conference Team

Monday, 10 November 2008

Press Release: Conference in Vienna

DARE organises European conference in Vienna with more than 160 stakeholders in civic education

„Intercultural Dialogue: Challenge for Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights “ is the topic of a European Conference in Vienna (Nov. 14.-16.), providing a forum for more than 160 stakeholders from 37 countries active in the twin fields of civic education and human rights education. The conference aims at fostering collaboration between practitioners, scholars and policy makers on a local, national and European level. Topics like framework policies for civic education and structural barriers in diversity management will be discussed in working groups. Participants can choose from various workshops including innovative educational tools and exchange of best practices in intercultural learning.

The conference is a part of the current DARE project 2007-2010 and is organised in cooperation with Zentrum polis – Politik lernen in der Schule and the Austrian Ministery for Education, Arts and Culture.

The European network DARE - Democracy and Human Rights in Europe consists at present of 44 member organisations from 28 European countries. DARE will use the results of this conference to prepare a hearing in the European parliament in spring 2009 on the topic „Human Rights Education and Democracy Education as Cross-Cutting Issues”.

More information and the detailed conference program for download at:

Further Information
Arbeitskreis deutscher Bildungsstätten
DARE – Project office
Georg Pirker
Mühlendamm 3, 10178 Berlin

Friday, 7 November 2008

DARE Conference Nov 14.16: 163 participants from 37 countries

The DARE Conference "Intercultural Dialogue - Challenge for Education for Democratic citizenship and Human Rights Education" provides a forum for practitioners in formal and non-formal education, academia and activists, political scientists, educators in HRE/EDC, and policy makers from various levels. 163 participants from 37 countries will meet from Nov. 14-16 in Vienna. Please check the conference info at http://www.dare-network.eu/ for the partcipants list!