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Youth Against Discrimination
January 9, 2008   
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Youth4Diversity is a new guidebook on human rights and project management for young people that has been launched by the World Bank, the Council of Europe and the Factory of Future Foundation, a Polish group that works to combat discrimination.

Youth4Diversity is the first publication in Central Europe that deals with discrimination issues and provides professional tools for activities that young people can conduct in their communities. The guidebook was developed by 20 young people, aged 17 to 26, from various backgrounds and with an experience in education, business and involvement in social issues. They came from Poland, Hungary and Slovakia. The Human Rights Commissioner of the Council of Europe, Thomas Hammarberg, praised the publication and said that it contained important and useful information for young people in an ongoing campaign to combat the discrimination of various minority groups in society.

The guidebook consists of two parts. The first one provides basic knowledge on what discrimination is, what consequences it has and which social groups are particularly exposed to this problem. It also explains how young people can become involved in tackling discrimination. The second part contains practical information on how to conduct projects and includes sections dedicated to project management, communications, teamwork, fundraising and public relations. Both parts contain examples and useful tips.

"I am convinced that this publication will encourage young people to develop projects to help empower those who suffer discrimination in our community," said project leader Rafał Dembe. "It has a lot of practical ideas which are easy to implement."

Youth4Diversity is available free in four language versions, English, Hungarian, Slovak and Polish.

Jolanta Wolska
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