Hate crimes; Immigration/refugees; Cultural misunderstandings; Media Representation & Stereotypes; Lack of equal opportunities; Segregation and persecution
The way we react to differences shows the way we are creating our society...
According to Cambridge Advance's Learner Dictionary, discrimination is “treating a person or particular group of people differently, especially in a worse way from the way in which you treat other people, because of their skin colour, religion, sex, etc.”
Racism and other forms of discrimination are directly related to poverty. For example, the Afro-American community is discriminated against in the United States of America because while black people represent just 12% of the population, 40% of people who are incarcerated are African American. Whites, who make up 66% of the population, constitute just 36% of the American prison population. The lack of democracy (or democratic values inside a democracy) creates discrimination in the population of a country. An example of this is the Gender Pay Gap, or the difference between the salary of a woman and a man who are doing the same work. The Gender Pay Gap is 20-25% in Cyprus, Germany, UK and Finland. In non-industrialized countries the gap is bigger.
Furthermore, discrimination is also quite often exercised through violence. An example of this are the aggressions against the Roma population in Italy and Hungary. The discrimination of people who suffer from certain diseases (HIV, for example) connects this topic with the health issue. One of the most effective ways of preventing discrimination is focusing on the education of youth in values like tolerance and acceptance of differences.
The participants of IYMS will focus on discrimination against migrants (either migrant workers, refugees or asylum seekers) and the discrimination against religious minorities (Islamophobia). Also, we would like to encourage participants in the IYMS to rethink their mental habits and start developing a new way of thinking that is not just based on the acceptance of differences, but that also emphasizes these differences as a way of enriching the whole culture of a society.