Strengthening the Identity of Minority People Leads to Equality
- Priority and Measure
Measure 1.4 – Institutional Cooperation
Priority 1 – Economic, social and institutional cooperation
- EUSAIR Pillars
- Type of Project
- Viviana Benussi
- Interviewee role
- Deputy President
- Istarska Županija – Regione Istriana
- +385 52351612 +385 911513090
- Project website
- Budget in euros
|Role||Name||City/||Country||Contact person||Email / website|
|Lead Partner||Istarska županija – Regione Istriana||Pula||Croatia||Mira Parlov Maura Čabranemail@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org https://www.istra-istria.hr|
|Partner 1||Abruzzo Region||L’Aquila||Italy||Rita Galdiemail@example.com|
|Partner 2||Ministry for Human and Minority Rights of Montenegro||Podgorica||Montenegro||Almina Bucanfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Partner 3||Municipality of Durres||Durres||Albania||Adrian Celaemail@example.com|
|Partner 4||Social Projects ltd Social Company||Pescara||Italy||Gabriele di Marcantoniofirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Partner 5||Italian Union Koper – Capodistria||Koper||Slovenia||Andrej Bertokemail@example.com|
|Partner 6||Unione Italiana Fiume – Rijeka||Rijeka||Croatia||Marin Corvafirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Partner 7||Cooperation and Development Institute||Tirana||Albania||Arben Shtyllaemail@example.com|
|Partner 8||Institute of International Sociology Gorizia||Gorizia||Italy||Alberto Gasparinifirstname.lastname@example.org|
S.I.M.P.L.E is an innovative institutional cooperation and capacity building project for promoting the equality and non-discrimination culture of minority people as a basic value for coexistence of all citizens regardless of their race, religion and ethnic origin. The project addressed the effectiveness of minority rights and the need for modern supportive services against key exclusive factors, such as language in Istria and Croatia, employment discrimination in Albania, unequal access to education for children in Montenegro and biased representation of minority issues in the media in Slovenia.
What has been done during the Project in order to achieve its main goal(s)?
In the region of Istria, the Pilot Agency for supporting multilingualism was established to provide information on citizens’ rights and linguistic assistance. A Guide to Bilingualism was published, visual bilingualism was introduced in elder care facilities and bilingual road signs were installed. Computer-assisted translation was introduced and equipment for simultaneous interpreting was bought. In order to standardize terminology workshops for regional translators were organized.
In Albania, the preparation of the Business Charter on the Management and Valorization of Diversity was at the forefront.
In Italy, a wide regional anti-discrimination network was established, while a campaign to inform the public about parents’ rights and responsibilities in the enrolment of children into mainstream education system was organized in Montenegro.
In Slovenia, a journalistic competition titled “A daily life portrait of Adriatic intercultural societies!” was held. Relevant national authorities participated in the round table titled ”Discrimination and Minorities’ Rights – Common Commitment for the Adriatic Countries“ within the Adriatic Intercultural Day.
Which are the project main results/impacts?
S.I.M.P.L.E. recognized the close interconnection between socio-economic sustainable development and the peaceful coexistence and social cohesion in a pluri/multicultural and pluri/multiethnic context. They can be achieved through innovative territorial and social cooperation and by being aware that any socio-cultural change is a long-term objective. The project proved that the path undertaken goes in the right direction and should be followed.
The project provided an innovative set of governance models and recommendations to support the social inclusion of minorities and for overcoming the exclusion barriers such as linguistic discrimination, difficult access to the education system, unemployment and poor working conditions, biased media representation and gender discrimination.
The project demonstrated that social change is not possible without a change in popular opinion. In this sense, political decisions and new laws are not sufficient if people do not understand their ratio and how they can positively affect their daily lives. Therefore, transnational workshops were organized to raise awareness on how the discrimination may affect the community life and on how anyone can contribute to change. Workshops were addressing an adult audience while the sensitization campaigns targeted elementary-school, high-school and university students as well as young people in general, as they are future social leaders that will drive social change.
The Blueprint for Action and the Action Plan provided national, regional and local policy-makers with updated and scientific information on present minority rights and how they affect the daily lives of minority people from their own point of view. The project should be an “Adriatic Issue” as it offered a set of instruments and inputs of great value for starting and boosting the social change towards abandoning the prejudices and stereotypes against minority groups.