Together Towards Diversity
Our program Together Towards Diversity has 10 years work experience with asylum seekers and 7 years work experience in non-formal teaching in schools, where we are dealing with topics such as human rights, migration, intercultural competences, media, hate speech, xenophobia, neo-Nazism and much more.
Our primary aim is to find opportunities for mutual understanding, despite perceived differences, and create a space for tolerant and friendly coexistence in society. We look to achieve this by educating children and young people in primary and secondary schools and informing the public through talks, happenings and a variety of public actions (e.g. the International Day of Refugees, International Day of Human Rights etc.). We publish the magazine PŘES, which strives to create alternative discourses on migration and integration. In order to foster the intercultural dialogue we organize twice a month ‘ladies teas’ that are meant to bring together women from all over the world, building a sense of community, mutual understanding and learning.
In October 2015 we launched a media campaign for young people promoting respectful speech as a reaction to the hate-speech wave that became nearly a mainstream public discourse.
Why do we use the term “příchozí”?
When referring to immigrants, we prefer to use the term “příchozí,” which literally means “incoming”. This is because, in Czech, the term ‘foreigner’ can be considered pejorative; in Czech society, the terms migrant and immigrant have stereotypes attached to their meaning. So, we decided, based on our own experiences and the experiences of professionals working with incoming people to the Czech Republic, that introducing an alternative term is the best approach.
Věra Roubalová Kostlánová, a therapist, and her husband, František Kostlán, worked together with the Counselling Centre for Refugees to publish the book Incoming. In this book they explain that “racism and xenophobia… have subliminal, latent elements which are reflected throughout the whole of society. We can use this term – incoming people – instead of foreigner, understanding that this method of specification can be a first, albeit small, step towards changing deep-rooted stereotypes.” (Kostlánová, et al, 2005, p. 9)
třída Kpt. Jaroše, č. 18
602 00 Brno (map)
Tel.: 543 245 342
Fax: 545 218 619
programme coordinator – Tatiana Dumbrava, firstname.lastname@example.org
expert in migration affairs – Lenka Šafránková-Pavlíčková, email@example.com
administrative manager – Hana Syslová, firstname.lastname@example.org