On the occasion of World Refugee Day on 20 June 2021, the Intercultural Cities programme calls on all member cities and regions to consider what “Home” really means. Is home a place where you feel safe? A place where you hear the voices of friends and family? A place where you feel welcome? Is Home a new hope? We strongly believe that we all want to feel at home somewhere, and while home can be many things, this idea unites us. To that end, for this year’s World Refugee Day intercultural cities are invited to share their Homes and campaign under the joint slogan:
Our Intercultural City - Our Home.
The objective of the campaign is to raise awareness about the need to promote further the values of interculturality in diverse society. Simply put, how we all, irrespective of our background, together make up the social fabric of our cities. The campaign will focus on the topic of “Home” to showcase that home can mean many things and, most importantly, that Home is for all of us. The campaign will be yet another occasion to shed light on the values we all share, moving away from concepts of vulnerable groups or differences.
In the campaign, cities are asked to submit portraits and quotes placed in the poster frame produced for the campaign. The frame will include a space for a personalised message focusing on the theme ”what does home mean to you?”. Cities are encouraged to reach out to all citizens, citizens with a refugee background and VIPs (local personalities, included but not limited to political leaders) who are willing to share their understanding of home in the campaign.
Through the joint campaign the Intercultural Cities will support the annual UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) campaign to stand together #WithRefugees.
Take a look at the toolkit and join us in the campaign!
The deadline for submissions is 9 June.