16 October 2016
For Immediate Release
The Drama, Diversity and Development Project Supports Seven Innovative Advocacy Projects to Challenge Discrimination Against Minorities.
The Drama, Diversity and Development Project (DDD) is pleased to announce that it will be supporting seven selected innovative advocacy projects, which will work to end discrimination against minorities in the Southern Mediterranean region at the end of this Fall. The selected civil society organizations from Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia will support minority communities in these countries by discussing issues of local minorities, fighting discriminatory attitudes and working to obtain their rights in both the political and social spheres.
The selected civil society organizations include the Middle East Center (Egypt), the National Center for Culture and Arts (Jordan), Beirut DC (Lebanon), the Fédération Nationale des Associations Amazighes au Maroc and Racines (Morocco), and Danseurs Citoyens and Tahadi (Tunisia). Each project will tackle issues of discrimination against the Bedouin communities, struggles of Syrian refugees, Amazigh community’s position in the Moroccan society and marginalization of Berber Tunisians in the South. All advocacy projects aim to promote diversity and challenge discrimination against minorities in their respective countries. These innovative projects work towards the belief that culture is a basic human right that needs to be preserved and respected.
All projects will begin their ground work during mid-October and will be completed in February 2017. Through DDD, civil society organizations, activists and artists are working together to address minorities and their cultural rights across the Middle East and North Africa.
DDD is funded by the European Union under the regional program “MedCulture” and carried out by Minority Rights Group, the Civic Forum Institute, the Andalus Institute for Tolerance and Anti-Violence Studies, and the Prince Claus Fund For Culture and Development. Med Culture’s ultimate goal is to pave the way towards the development of institutional and social environments that will confirm culture as a vector for freedom of expression and sustainable development and to accompany partner countries south of the Mediterranean in the development and improvement of cultural policies and practices related to the cultural sector.
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