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Putting myself in everyone elseai??i??s shoes at a multi-cultural YO! Village

Salome Modebadze

Salome Modebadze is a journalist/social media manager from Tbilisi, Georgia. She promotes gender equality and women’s rights among the urban and rural population of the country. With her great passion for travelling she wants to explore traditions, habits and beliefs of various people of the world.


This article reviews my second day at YO!Fest and the European Youth Event 2016- my summary of day 1 is here.

Imagine sitting in a circle of people you have never met before. Now take a sheet of paper and fold it twice so you have four small pages. And paint three things that matter for you and one special person. It does not matter if you are a professional artist or whether it is the first time you are holding a pencil to draw. Tear all your paintings apart. Now someone from outside will come and take one of the pages forever. Was that something very precious? A book, a bed, a room, a house, or a personai??i??

Here comes emptiness, loneliness, fear, misunderstanding, desperation but what you loved is gone – full stop. You have to face the reality, struggle for survival, stay strong to protect others who have more fear butai??i??

What is a game of emotions for us is a reality for thousands. Heartbreaking stories of explosions, diseases, murders, evictions appear in the media so often. How can we support and encourage those who have migrated for a variety of reasons; those who miss their parents, children, loved ones, houses and playgrounds; those who believed their life was perfect yesterday, but today they have to start over?

As French Red Cross Volunteer Thameur Debouba says, becoming an agent of positive change is all about putting yourself in someone elseai??i??s shoes. ai???Peer education comes from the hearts to the brain to make people feel what happens [with others] and realise what they can do to make things betterai??? – Debouba told YO! Mag.

We all have disabilities butai??i??

My second day at the YO! Village was an emotional one. Taking part in a range of activities myself, to feel what it really means to put yourself in someone elseai??i??s shoes, has provided some great lessons.

Put your hands in a black box, feel whatai??i??s inside and describe the object. I bet you can hardly guess what’s inside. As Caria Loss from System & Generation Association said there are different abilities we do not use. ai???People have really different abilities. When you are disabled it does not mean that you do not have other abilities ai??i?? it means that you use some abilities more than others. And this is actually what we do ai??i?? we are disabled sometimes in touching because we do not really care, we care more about looking and seeingai??? ai??i?? she said.

And yes, even though I have the ability to speak, to see and to hear, there are so many things I cannot do but others can simply deal. Just think of your weak points. Do they make you a less important person?

Breaking the wall

Stressing the importance of primary education in terms of shaping personality, Vicente Rodriguez of ternYpe – International Roma Youth Network recollected how he started believing he was special when his teacher told him he was. ai???Because we are what people expect from usai??? ai??i?? he said, speaking in reference to the participation and exclusion of young Roma.

When we are talking about supporting other nationalities to get engaged in the life of the country they are residing in, we should think ahead how school system is organized – if we want children to grow together, loving and respecting diversity, we do not need to separate classes according to ethnicity but rather mix them up and avoid further discrimination.

Girls ai??i?? next generation leaders

ai???Let go of our fearai???, ai???be braveai???, ai???take actionai??? ai??i?? these are the mottos surrounding me in a circus tent named ai???Magic Mirror.ai??? It’s full of young, motivated girls and boys who are gathered to talk about the next generation’s leaders and how to lobby for womenai??i??s access to education, healthcare, jobs, propertyai??i??

After ai???readingai??i?? a book on feminism in French using the ai???dictionaryai??i?? from the Council of Europeai??i??s Living Library I realized how the countries from Africa to Georgia and South America to Australia resemble one another. Borrowing a person from the library instead of a book my character was a middle aged feminist with a similar struggle to feminists in Georgia, Sweden or South Africa.

Education is power, we both agreed, stressing that young people should never give up fighting for their rights. Closing my ai???bookai??i?? on this encouraging page I say ai???goodbyeai??i?? to our readers – hoping YO!Fest has encouraged them to stand up and speak up for their rights. trittico. buy depakote online, buy clomid online.

Salome Modebadze

Salome Modebadze is a journalist/social media manager from Tbilisi, Georgia. She promotes gender equality and women’s rights among the urban and rural population of the country. With her great passion for travelling she wants to explore traditions, habits and beliefs of various people of the world.

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