We understand why we need to act, and know that we need to act now, but how?
What can we do to break stereotypes and increase social inclusion?
Think about what it really means to be European.
Being European is not about being born in Europe, or having European heritage. Being European is about experiencing life through a hugely inclusive perspective, it is about being informed and influenced by various different cultures, and it is about feeling European.
We cannot decide whether someone is European based on their looks, or their accent, or the way they dress.
However, we can decide to treat everyone even better than the way we want to be treated, and welcome them into the European community. This seems like a pretty good place to start.
Volunteer or get engaged with charities which are focused on social inclusion.
Hundreds of charities across Europe work on increasing social inclusion. Be it through working with homeless people, helping to teach people how to read and write, teaching people new skills, running events which bring communities together, or a vast number of other approaches.
Find a cause you feel really passionate about and then contact a charity to see how you can get involved! It is that easy.
Keep an eye on our project!
Crossed Paths of Europe will use the physical exhibitions and various online platforms to show the reality of life across Europe – regardless of race, age, gender, sexuality, or disability. Through this, the differences between us will be recognised, but the similarities which tie us together will be highlighted, breaking the stereotypical perceptions of people, and uniting us in our differences.
Finally, just smile or say hello to people on the street.
Such a tiny gesture can go a long way to making people feel more included in their local community, and you don’t even have to try.
Post by: Emma