The Polish-Ukrainian Sisterhood is a project that started in November 2022, and is run by PSAR (Subcarpathian Association for Active Families) and the Norsensus Mediaforum. It was designed for Polish and Ukrainian girls aged 15-18 years old that are living or studying in the Podkarpackie Voivodeship. It is also open to educators that work with girls in that age range (teachers, librarians, NGO’s, scout leaders).
With this project we want to create an atmosphere of sisterhood and mutual understanding and also to build strong international relationships so that together we can bring attention to stereotypes, prejudices, and expectations regarding gender and origin. We want to motivate the participants to have the strength and courage to act, express themselves, their views, as well as develop the ability to cope with difficult situations.
- Draw attention to the problems caused by discrimination and violence based on gender or nationality.
- Increase the ability to respond to aggressive behavior, harm, disrespect of boundaries, abuse, etc.
- Develop knowledge about the mechanisms of discrimination due to cultural differences and show the negative effects of discrimination on a society as a whole.
- In a practical way, teach project participants how to handle crisis situations, how to build dialogue based on democratic values, and how to support the most vulnerable groups.
- Social Campaigns – We will help the girls create their own films that they can share on social media that are aimed at encouraging the public to engage in dialogue on women’s rights.
- Social Initiatives – For the teachers, we will be putting together workshops and events for the local community (e.g. photography, theater, films, events, etc.)
- Workshops – Our workshops are based on race and gender-based violence and will be designed for both the girls and educators.
- Camp – We will hold a 7-day camp for the girls with highly qualified coaches to discuss anti-discrimination in the form of discussion panels, and practical exercises. The camp will take place in July 2023.
- Festival – This will be an educational, interactive, open event for anyone that wants to come and learn more about the project and how to get involved. We will be discussing new information on exclusion in every day life. The festival will take place in March 2023.
All of the activities will take place in the city of Rzeszow and the surrounding area. Participation in the Polish-Ukrainian Sisterhood is free of charge.
The project is financed by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway from the EEA Funds under the Active Citizens – Regional Fund Programme.