Be my voice: Human Rights in COVID-19 era

Youth Center ‘’Perspektiva’’ has officially started the newest project “Be My Voice: Human Rights in COVID-19 era”. The call for applications can be found here

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, youth were more than ever the “digital natives” with all communication, studies, and often employment having moved online. The pandemic has sharply emphasized the positive and negative extremes of online communication: while opening the world of opportunities as an escape from the lockdown, it also exposed youth to loads of unverified and often harmful media products. 

The project aims at promoting human rights in the times of COVID-19 by equipping youth workers and young media activists from Albania with knowledge in the areas of media ethics and human rights, and skills in countering fake news and stigmatization. 

There will be some activities through this period  (November 2020 – February 2021) such as a training course for youth workers and media activists on media ethics, media literacy and non-discrimination (6 days in November 2020).

Launch of the Online youth-led Awareness Campaign “Be My Voice” featuring young change-makers, representatives of civil society, media, local authorities, representatives of youth networks, and bringing attention to diverse elements of human rights, their online aspects and how they were affected by COVID-19.

In the framework of the awareness campaign, young participants will be provided with an opportunity to put the newly received knowledge in practice and develop Youth-led community actions (December 2020 – February 2021) 10 December 2020 – International Day of Human Rights February 2021 – Safe Internet Day

 At least one community action addressing the issue proposed by the participants Finalization of the project documentary.

At this phase, we aim at bringing together youth from diverse backgrounds and empowering them to develop creative community actions aiming at promoting human rights-based approach in responses to COVID-19 in their communities.

By this, we believe we will empower young people to be more proactively engaged in their communities, to better understand the local issues, and to gain practical experience in organizing an internationally observed event at the local level.

The project is supported by Council of Europe through the financial support of European Youth Foundation