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A tolerant Europe is the future in your hands!
The Youth Europe Team invites Siauliai to gather together for the sake of a tolerant Europe. A young person is worried about discrimination in everyday life, and it is clear to him that Lithuania and Europe could be even more tolerant, freer and more acceptable to people of different nationalities, races, gender and orientation. Šiauliai young people will come together to look for ways to take even more care of the well-being of all citizens, mental health, how to achieve a hundred percent tolerance in their environment. During the debate on human rights, immigration, gender equality and psychological health, young people will seek to be responsible citizens of the European Union and Lithuania and join forces in building an even more beautiful Europe!
Aušros al. 62, Šiauliai
Event reportOn the evening of 3 November, the Youth Europe Team event “Tolerant Europe — Future in Your Hands” took place at Povilas Višinskis Public Library of Šiauliai County. Active young people in Šiauliai, seeking for change, gathered for discussion. During the event, four topics relevant to a European young person were touched: 1. Gender equality 2. Human Rights and Tolerance 3. Psychological health 4. Cultural integration of other nations The members of the youth Europe team that moderated the debate raised questions about the relevance, causes and consequences of the problems and sought to find ways to solve them. The following are all the ideas put forward by the participants to promote tolerance in the European Union. Gender SYSTEM • Prevent the promotion of old-age standards in the media, but promote the promotion of campaigns to promote gender equality. • In schools, there is no distinction between boys and girls, what is still happening in physical education, biology and technology. To further globalise the education system, to learn about the current world, not just the world of the past, thus raising the young generation of tolreant and open to change. The EU promotes and co-finances reforms in education systems. • Encourage parents to discover children’s potential in a variety of areas, without relying on steriotypes, through various forms of publicity. Seek to introduce children to different activities, occupations, regardless of gender at the earliest possible age. • Control sexual discrimination in trade. Do not cut clothes into girls/boys, limit the price difference between products of the same use arising from the use of women/men. Human RIGHTS AND Tolerance • Use the media to educate people, especially older generations. • Prohibit and punish disinformation spread. Draw more attention to false, negative public figures (politicians, opinion makers, athletes, etc.) • The EU should take a clear stance and impose severe sanctions on countries promoting intolerance, such as Poland and Hungary. Communicate with national governments, limit politicians in power because they, not all citizens, are directly responsible for making decisions. In such situations, limit or even terminate EU funding by raising ultimatums, such as the abolition of LGBT-free zones. • Fund and regulate sexual and religious education to be global, versatile, professional. • Encourage and legally oblige parties to account for developments in line with the recommendations issued by the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI). Psychological HEALTH • Regarding funding and recommendations and regulations to the leading countries in terms of suicide rates, i.e. those with the greatest gaps in psychological health and assistance. • Aim to change attitudes to psychological problems in the media, reduce fear of action, educate society about prevailing problems, mental disorders and ways to help. • Seek to provide visits to a psychologist as a regular medical check-up. The EU to contribute to the promotion and financing of free assistance from psychologists. • Support, finance, voluntary initiatives/programmes as the Youth Line in Lithuania. Cultural INTEGRACTION OF INTEGRATION OF INTERNATIONAL NEWS • Promote, support and organise events in which people from different cultures can communicate and educate. Invite foreigners to present, share their culture with locals (Example of Nigeria Culture Festival held on September 27 in Šiauliai) • Start and nurture projects for grandparents, Europeans of the age “Erasmus+”. By promoting cultural exchanges in the old generation, tolerance of the members of society grown up in the Soviet system is easier to achieve. • To fund and organise language courses for older people, thus broadening their horizons, providing access to other cultures and facilitating integration, access to information and quality (currently aiming to promote English language learning). • To strictly prohibit disinformation about the causes, consequences, prevailing situation of the migrant crisis, thus limiting hatred, negative attitudes towards asylum seekers. In general, the EU should resort to financial penalties for the dissemination of false, negative information. • Find a compromise with those who have already entered the EU by finding solutions that are financially appropriate to the state, but also do not change the way of life of asylum seekers (food, accommodation, etc.).
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