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SAVE THE DATE!!!!

IDEC-Ireland’s Annual Conference marking Human RIghts Day will be held on Thursday 8th December in Cois na hAbhna, Ennis, Co Clare

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WEZESHA CHAMPIONS OF TRANSFORMATION REPORT LAUNCHED

Established in 2010 Wezesha – Swahili for ‘empower’- is an African Diaspora led development organisation that aim to support, promote and empower African women and children, who have been affected or are likely to be affected by issues of conflict, violence and poverty. The organisation works in collaboration with local groups and stakeholders in establishing…

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REPORT FROM THE IMMIGRANT COUNCIL OF IRELAND

With over 12-years experience the Immigrant Council of Ireland is the leading voice in securing improved rights and protections which benefit Irish citizens, migrants and their families.   On Monday 22nd February 2016 The Immigrant Council of Ireland proudly hosted a conference on ‘Islamophobia in Dublin’ during which the result of research undertaken by Dr James…

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WEZESHA LAUNCH OF A REPORT “CHAMPIONS OF TRANSFORMATION”

Who are the Africans in Ireland? What are their skills, talents and expertise? “Champions of Transformation” is a report from a research carried by Wezesha that captures the situation of the African Diaspora in Ireland. The report is within the framework and complements the Decade for People of the African Descent (2015-2024), the Global Sustainable…

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‘SCHOOL IN A BOX’

School in a Box (SIAB) is a community digital engagement project developed by the Institute of Art Design and Technology (IADT), Dun Laoghaire, Ireland (www.iadt.ie). IADT has over a decade of experience working with Irish teachers in supporting and facilitating the use of film and digital technologies to enhance learning in the classroom (www.fis.ie), and…

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IRELAND’S POLES: ‘ROOTED IN IRISH SOIL’

The tens of thousands of young people coming here from Poland since 2004 to seek work and new horizons have settled into Irish society. But they still face plenty of obstacles. Nine years ago Agnieszka Grochola landed at Shannon Airport with a suitcase, €200 in cash and a plan that seemed at once exhilarating and…

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RITA KILROY’S INTERVIEW WITH PADDY MCDONAGH

Paddy McDonagh, a member of the Travelling Community, talks to Rita Kilroy of the Clare Women’s Centre about his journey through 2nd and 3rd level education, to his current role as a teacher in Youthreach

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THIS IS NOT A ‘MIGRANT CRISIS’ – IT’S A CRISIS OF INEQUALITY AND WAR

The media  is wrong to characterize the issues surrounding the thousands of people attempting to travel into Europe as a ‘migrant crisis’, according to a briefing released today by campaign group Global Justice Now. Instead, attention should be drawn to the multiple crises that are forcing people to move. Read more

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NEW TO THE PARISH: ‘I CAN’T WORK AND I CAN’T GO TO A PROPER UNIVERSITY’

Bernard Kudakwashe Matanire slept through his alarm on the morning of his visit to Áras an Uachtaráin. He was so late for the bus to Dublin he didn’t have time to figure out what he should wear for the meeting with President Michael D Higgins.

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HOMELESSNESS CRISIS: ‘I WAS STANDING OUTSIDE MY HOME, CRYING. IT REALLY DID BREAK ME WHEN I HAD TO LEAVE IT’

It is the greatest crisis to hit the country since the banking crash and the homeless statistics speak for themselves. But it is the heart-breaking stories behind the shameful facts and figures that tell us most writes Kim Bielenberg

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PROMO FOR FILM ENCOURAGING YOUNG PEOPLE TO DISCUSS MENTAL HEALTH GOES VIRAL

A trailer promoting a mental health documentary being made by college students has been viewed 200,000 times online.  The students, Ed Maclulevicius, Cathal Murphy, Billy Twohig, and Amy O’Regan say they have been “blown away” by the support their Our Mental Health project is receiving.  Mental health campaigner, Bressie, has applauded the project, which is…

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UNICEF: THIRD OF IRISH CHILDREN LIVE IN MATERIALLY DEPRIVED HOUSEHOLDS

Almost one-third of Irish children live in materially-deprived households, according to new rankings by Unicef.  The Fairness for Children report card by the international agency showed Ireland was seventh out of 41 EU/OECD countries, despite findings children are now the most neglected group in Irish society.  The league table of inequality in child well-being in…

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AS GLOBAL INEQUALITY SPIRALS, WEALTHY NATIONS ARE FAILING CHILDREN LIVING ON EDGE OF POVERTY

The recent global debate about rising inequality seems focused on the accumulation of wealth at the very top. While this is a serious problem requiring urgent attention, it can distract attention from the devastating, and arguably more important, issue of inequality amongst those at the bottom. This is where inequality seriously diminishes the chances in…

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STUDENT MENTAL HEALTH IMPACTED BY STAFF CUTS

Cutbacks in schools have left teachers and principals unable to care for the pastoral needs of their students, including their mental health, a second-level teaching union claims.  The Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland claims a moratorium on school middle-management posts is undermining supports. The union commissioned a Millward Brown poll of 1,749 teachers and…

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MIND THE GAP: THE STARK CLASS DIVIDE IN ACCESS TO THIRD LEVEL

Students from disadvantaged areas are still much less likely to progress to higher education. The challenges have been identified, but how do we go about bridging the social divide?  Why do almost 90 per cent of students in Donnybrook go to college but just 16 per cent in Darndale? The reality in Ireland is that…

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MOST IRISH CHILDREN NOW TAUGHT BY PARENTS AT HOME

The number of Irish parents teaching their children outside the confines of the traditional school has soared.  Figures obtained by the Sunday Independent under a Freedom of Information request reveal there are currently 1,090 home-educated children in Ireland, compared with 699 in 2011.  Experts say the reasons why Irish parents are embracing this kind of…

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TRAVELLER VIDEOS – BEHIND THE SCENES

Watch ‘behind the scenes’ and out-takes of the two Traveller videos

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TRAVELLER STEREOTYPES – A TEENAGE PERSPECTIVE

The second of the two videos, funded by the DCU Access Office, which were made with a group of Traveller school children in partnership with Sphere 17 in the summer of 2014. In this video, the students challenge existing stereotypes   See behind the scenes

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TRAVELLERS IN EDUCATION – DCU ACCESS OFFICE AND SPHERE 17

In the summer of 2014, two videos, funded by the DCU Access Office, were made with a group of Traveller school children in partnership with Sphere 17 in the summer of 2014. Sphere 17 is community organisation in Priorswood, Dublin 17 working quite extensively with Travellers.  The videos were filmed on the DCU Glasnevin Campus,…

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JOHN CONNORS, IRISH TRAVELLER: A MAN YOU DON’T MEET EVERY DAY

Much controversy followed the recent appearance on TV of John Connors, the quiet-spoken star of the hit crime drama Love/Hate and advocate for Traveller rights on Ireland’s Late Late Show, writes Bernard Rorke on the European Roma Rights Centre blog on April 6th 2016.  Connors gave a moving account of the impact of racism upon…

AFTER RACIST EPISODES, BLUNT DISCUSSIONS ON CAMPUS

Scott N. Brooks, draped in a dapper shawl-collar sweater, looked out on the auditorium of mostly white students in puffy coats and sweats as they silently squirmed at his question. Why, he had asked, does Maria Sharapova, a white Russian tennis player, earn nearly twice as much in endorsements as Serena Williams, an African-American with…

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CONVERSATIONS ON RACE

In this instalment of the New York Times’  “Conversations on Race” series for Op-Docs, Asian-Americans talk about how stereotypes unfairly confine them — particularly the one that brands them a “model minority.” As the subjects of our film explain, this perception not only devalues the experiences of other racial minorities, but it also renders the…

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ASYLUM INFORMATION DATABASE – AIDA

The EPIM-funded Asylum Information Database (European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE)) has released a report on the inability of reception systems to adapt to higher numbers of asylum seekers, which is a structural challenge throughout Europe.   Vulnerable persons such as unaccompanied children have been unduly subjected to detention due to the unavailability of…

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EUROPEAN PROGRAMME FOR IMMIGRATION AND MIGRATION

The EPIM-funded Asylum Information Database (European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE)) has released a report on the inability of reception systems to adapt to higher numbers of asylum seekers, which is a structural challenge throughout Europe.

Access the report here

CHILDREN’S RIGHTS ALLIANCE 2016 REPORT CARD ON THE PROGRAMME FOR GOVERNMENT …  read more

DIRECT PROVISION: CREATING A CULTURAL DISCONNECT

Quality of life in direct provision is made worse for many residents by lack of access to cooking facilities and appropriate food … read more

Census 2011. Profile 6: 2011 Profile 6 Migration and Diversity – A profile of diversity in Irelandread more

Census 2011. Profile 7: Religion, Ethnicity and Irish Travellers – Ethnic and cultural background in Ireland read more

ACTION WEEK AGAINST RACISM

On the 14th and 15th of March Portlaoise Further Education Centre held a festival of languages which displayed more than 20 languages spoken in our community and by participants studying in our centre. Members of the public were invited to see an amazing visual display of languages and to sample some typical food from different cultures … read more

THIS HILARIOUS SYRIAN REFUGEE IS TAKING YOUTUBE BY STORM

When protests and eventually war broke out in Syria five years ago, Firas Alshater grabbed his video camera and joined the fray, determined to show the world what was happening to his homeland writes Hans Glick in Global Citizen.org on Thursday March 31st 2016 … read more

I’M IRISH BUT I’M NOT WHITE. WHY IS THAT STILL A PROBLEM AS WE CELEBRATE THE EASTER RISING?

With an Irish mother and Nigerian father, I grew up singing Irish rebel songs. But the racism I experienced was not part of the dreams of 1916’s revolutionaries, writes Emma Dabiri in The Guardian, Tuesday 29th March 2016 … read more

NORWEGIANS SEND KIDS TO FAKE REFUGEE CAMPS FOR LESSON IN EMPATHY

Norwegian teens are heading to fake refugee camps to get a better sense of what refugees go through writes Joe McCarthy in Global Citizen.org on March 24, 2016 …read more

THE PSYCHOLOGY OF HATE: HOW WE DENY HUMAN BEINGS THEIR HUMANITY

From slavery to genocide, society has shown a terrifying ability to disregard the personhood of others, writes Nicholas Epley in Salon.com Sunday March 2nd 2016 ...read more

PROTOCOL FOR POLITICAL CANDIDATES AND SUCCESSFUL POLITICAL REPRESENTATIVES

IDEC-Ireland: Equality and Diversity Declaration of Intent in relation to the conduct of representing important social issues – within the democratic process and systems. Click here to download the Election 2016 protocol …Read more

ZUCKERBERG ON REFUGEE CRISIS: ‘HATE SPEECH HAS NO PLACE ON FACEBOOK’

Speaking in Berlin, Facebook boss calls Germany’s handling of European refugee crisis ‘inspiring’ and says site must do more to tackle anti-migrant hate speech … read more

STUDENTS EMBRACE REBELLION IN BALLYMUN SCHOOL

Staff and students in Trinity Comprehensive School Ballymun recreated, over one morning, the events of Easter Week 1916 …  Read more