Civil Society Forum
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Here is a look at the details of the workshops and working groups at the CSO Forum?
False Facts on Gender
The workshop aims to raise awareness about wrong actions and speech with respect to discrimination that we have adopted in our daily lives and language. The workshop will use the Station Method; eight stations with different themes will be set up. In each station, participants will be asked to think, write or draw their impressions of each word given to them and to talk about their feelings after watching a short film.
Who is child? What is violence against children? (Using the Aquarium Model)
The activity aims to engage participants in a discussion about the basic concepts on the subject of children and violence against children. The expectation is for members of the civil society to observe the concepts discussed when working in their own field of activity. The workshop also aims to gain support for the information note produced by the Partnership Network at the end of the activity.
Following a brief introduction, participants will be asked to take part in an activity on concepts using the Aquarium Model. The last part of the workshop will be a Q&A session. In the Aquarium Model, participants are asked to sit in overlapping circles and represent fish swimming in an aquarium. The model adopts a participatory, interactive and focused approach encouraging the democratic production of ideas.
Philanthropy in Turkey and creative approaches in fund raising
The activity will focus on the topics of developing a culture of giving and encouraging effective resources for civil society organisations, which are among the main objectives of the Giving for Change Project implemented since 2011 under TÜSEV’s Social Investment Programme. The activity will be guided by the findings of the Report on Individual Giving and Philanthropy in Turkey, published in 2016 by TÜSEV. It will promote the #MiktarıDeğilYararı campaign (#It’sNotTheAmountButTheBenefitThatCounts) and introduce the collective model of donating called Donate and Change, both of which TÜSEV has been carrying out to develop and promote individual giving.
Hate Speech and Internet
The activity will host discussions on hate speech on digital media, its threats and ways to struggle and produce counter arguments against it by using the non-formal educational techniques developed under the ‘No Hate Speech Movement’ initiated by the Council of Europe. Participants will take part in a role-playing activity. Participants will first be briefed about the campaign ‘No Hate Speech Movement’ and introduced to the educational book ‘Bookmarks’ developed as a part of the same campaign. This will be followed by an exposition of an example of hate speech chosen before the activity. Specially prepared role cards will be randomly handed out to participants for the role-play. A discussion session will follow.
Look After Yourself HIV/AIDS Educational Board Game
Participants will play the ‘Take Care of Yourself’ board game, with the help of a facilitator. The board game aims to teach basic information about HIV/AIDS while gamers have fun, think and discuss the subject. With each move they make, gamers will learn about HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infectious diseases and then carry out discussions about what they have learned.
Data Workshop for rights-based work/ Data theme: Animal rights
The activity will be a practical workshop on rights-based data processing focusing on data set analysis to make violence against animals visible. Discussions will be held on what rights-based data is, rights-based data collection techniques and tools, and the relations between Internet news reports based on the right to life and rights-based data – open data. Participants will take part in the activity with their personal laptops.
‘Duyuyorum / Hearing’ is an interactive sound installation designed by Müge Olacak. The installation aims to broaden the perception of individuals about their own tight space and about what is happening outside their own world. ‘Duyuyorum / Hearing’ is a sound art installation experienced in a fully dark unknown space which people pass through rather than stand fixed. Following a 20-minute sound recording, participants will take part in augmenting and enhancing the sounds. There will also be a talk with the artist for sharing knowledge and experience.
A Dream of a Turkey
The Checks and Balances Network, which brings together nearly 300 civil society organisations (www.birarada.org), is collecting ideas and wishes for their vision of a new structure and future for Turkey under the activity titled ‘A Dream for Turkey’. The aim of the workshop is to answer the question ‘What kind of a life/country do you envision for living together?’, or rather ‘What kind of a future do we desire?’. Based on the instructions of the facilitators, participants will first dream their individual dreams, after which solutions to current problems will be discussed together via presentations.
A case study on gender equality in Turkey
The workshop aims to host discussions on ways to struggle against sexist situations faced by people working in the field of human rights in their daily lives by using real case studies. Participants will be split up into four or five small groups. Each group will be asked to take two case studies handed out by the facilitator. The small groups will read the case study and discuss their reactions to the situation described. Lastly, all cases will be evaluated with everyone’s participation.
Civil courage against conflicts and violence
Zoe Kokalou, representative of the Living Library Greece Collective, will look at the concept of ‘civil courage’ and its use as a method for capacity building. The activity will host discussions on speaking in the public space against violence and methods for building solidarity between citizens. Participants will be guided in a practical exercise on creative conflict resolution.
Film for inclusion and dialogue – Videos from Balık Arts Activities
The activity will be hosted by the UK-based Balık Arts team working under the slogan ‘film for social change’, where their videos will be shared on issues such as youth, refugees, climate change, etc. Following the screening, a panel discussion will be held with the members of the Balık Arts team.
Day 1- Workshops with children
Play for Peace / Non-violent Communication
Play for Peace is a program designed by BoMoVu to revive games that are a part of the cultural heritage of children living in border regions. It is a practical endeavour to make visible the ancient cultural diversity of the region and to enable an experience of optimistic feelings on the body memory of the ‘other’. The Altındağ Municipality Youth Centre will share games played by children on subjects such as origins, migration and borders.
The workshop will host games that are played to contribute to the development of non-violent communication skills. Before the games start, there will be an introduction and greeting part. At the end of the games, evaluations will be made with children. The overall aim of the workshop is to contribute to the development of non-violent and solidarity-focused relations among children and to empower children in expressing themselves, developing team work skills and effective communication.