For the International Migrants Day, the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe would like to hightlight the activities led by Europeans For Humanity, our #Solidaction partner!
EFH is a transnational movement focusing on educating European citizens about migration and asylum offering refugees a platform to speak up for themselves. They believe in transnational solidarity and want to display the dire situation and human rights violations against refugees and migrants on European soil and sea. Their aim is to raise awareness among Europeans and encourage them to become active:
To this end, they organized various programs and participated in projects all over Europe:
- Online petition with 20.000 signatures
- Photo campaign with participants from over 20 countries
- Various social media campaigns
- Participation in various podcasts in Germany and Austria
- Speeches on protests in Latvia, Germany, Austria, Portugal
- Organization of protests in more than 10 European countries
- Two fundraisers for medical aid for Lesbos
- More than 100 kg of donated medical supplies sent to Moria
- Publication of Reports from Lesbos on urgent matters (e.g. illegal pushbacks, etc.)
- #MoriaDreams campaign with the photographer Yousif Al Shewaili (Refugee on Lesbos from Iraq)
- Organization of panel discussion with MEP Erik Marquardt, activists, and refugees
- Education about migration and human rights in schools and for youthwork-organisations
- Authoring of articles for various newspapers
- Participation in various webinars and at congresses
- Wave of Solidarity: video projection on European Commission, European Parliament, German, Dutch and Austrian Chancellery, and other political buildings in Portugal, Poland, Netherlands, and Germany
- Training of volunteers
- Networking initiative for volunteers, bringing together over 300 people from all over Europe
In the coming year, they are planning two new programs: They are currently training a group of volunteers in topics such as ethnosexism, climate refugees, human rights, etc. Their goal is to train new advocates for the cause, who can then also visit schools and educate students, organize protests, and develop new ideas.
Furthermore, They are planning exhibitions in different countries. These will show pictures from their photographer, who is a refugee himself, in the context of ‘rehumanizing refugees’, but also raise awareness about systemic racism and border violence.
To know more about the movement, or to join, visit their website: Europeans for Humanity