Combating right-wing populism
30 June, 2017
Piotr Sadowski, Secretary General of Volonteurope, a UK-based international network promoting volunteering, active citizenship and social justice, is giving a close up of how one of the workshops made its recommendations at the Civil Society Days. In the session, initiated by Volonteurope, European Civic Forum and Culture Action Europe, the participants focused on challenging right-wing populism in the context of civic engagement, education and culture, he explained, adding that a panel of contributors from Sweden, Spain and Croatia, as well as grassroots practitioners took part.
One of the three sub-workshops, facilitated by the Polish Women's Strike concluded about the need to safeguard and develop civic space, and support free and independent media.
The group facilitated by Gemeinsam Leben und Lernen in Europa, from Passau in Bavaria, concluded about the need to engage refugees in volunteering in their host communities, as soon as possible after their arrival.
The third sub-workshop, led by ISIS Arts from the UK, concluded about the need to tap into culture and heritage capacity to ensure open public spaces, which engage citizens in questioning realities and focus on the need to develop impact assessment on diverse levels.