January 15, 2014

Call for Participants: Standing together: action and advocacy against bullying


IGLYO and the Organising Bureau of European School Student Unions (OBESSU) announce

Call for Participants of a Council of Europe Study Session:

Standing together: action and advocacy against bullying


European Youth Centre in Budapest

2nd to 8th March 2014




Application: http://tinyurl.com/nh2cn4r

Diversity monitoring: http://tinyurl.com/occqzfy


Deadline: 28 January 2014, midnight

Due to the limited number of places available for IGLYO applicants, we will not extend this deadline. We apologize for the short time to apply.


Participant profile

–       Have familiarity with LGBTQ activism in schools

–       Currently have links to students and/or actors in the education sector

–       Between 16 and 30 years of age

–       From a Council of Europe Member State (we may be able to offer a very limited number of places to participants from other countries)

–       Able to attend the full Study Session programme

–       Willing to work in a non-formal environment and contribute to an overall positive, inclusive atmosphere


IGLYO and OBESSU are open to consider accepting more than one person per organisation. We encourage applicants from all ethnic, cultural, migrant and ability backgrounds to apply, as well as all socio-economic situations, and of course, all sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.


The Study Session will be conducted in English. You do not need to be fluent in English, but please note that no translation will be provided.


Working Methods


IGLYO and OBESSU emphasise a participatory approach to learning, utilising non-formal education methods as promoted by the Youth Department of the Council of Europe, as well as other human rights education organisations. This Study Session will also contain a limited number of more formal sessions from outside resource persons, though the primary approach will be activity-based and participant-centered.


Costs and practical arrangements


Travel expenses and visa fees for the Study Session in Budapest are reimbursed according to the rules of the Council of Europe upon presenting the original receipts, tickets, invoices etc. Only the participants who attend the entire Study Session course can be reimbursed. The payment will be made in cash during the Study Session or by bank transfer after the event (please not that bank transfers can take several weeks).

Board and lodging for Study Session participants will be provided by the European Youth Centre in Budapest, which ensures a safe and accessible space for everyone.

A participation fee of 50 Euros is payable by each participant. This amount will be deducted from the amount to be reimbursed for travel expenses or paid at the EYCB during the Study Session.


Participant selection process


The preparatory team will review all completed applications. Participants will be selected upon the motivation and on how well they meet the criteria of the participant profile above.

Successful applicants will be notified by email by the 31 January at the latest. Your deadline for acceptance of the invitation will then be Sunday 2 February. Successful applicants who have not responded will be removed from the acceptance list.

Interested candidates can apply by filling in the online Application Form. Upon completion of the Application Form, please also fill out IGLYO’s diversity monitoring form. You will help us ensure that we reach as many LGBTQ young people from diverse backgrounds as possible!


Standing together: action and advocacy against bullying will build upon the knowledge and experience of three organisations:

–       IGLYO, the International LGBTQ Youth and Student Organisation, has a thirty year history of activism, including in the area of education. The year 2012 was devoted to advocacy addressing bullying, and resulted in the Stop H8 conference, a piece of research devoted to the topic, and minimum standards to address homophobic and transphobic bullying.

–       OBESSU brings their long experience of working with school activists. This Study Session fits into their current social inclusion campaign, ‘Education, we have a problem!’, where they are raising awareness of the variety of barriers to the access to education.

–       The Council of Europe is currently engaged in the international No Hate Speech Movement, combatting all forms of hate speech, particularly online.


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