Minorities of Europe – welcome a new Co-operation Circle in the UK

On June 8, 2009, Minorities of Europe (MoE) was approved as a new Co-operation Circle (CC) of the United Religions Initiative (URI). Minorities of Europe is based in Coventry, United Kingdom. A warm welcome to MoE! 

MoE was established in 1995 as a result of the Council of Europe's campaign against racism, anti-semitism, xenophobia and intolerance across the continent of Europe. 

Among its aims and objectives are the following:

  • To support and promote positive intercultural relations between minority and majority  communities.
  • To overcome mutual prejudice among minorities and majorities and the perception of powerlessness that minority young people often feel. 
  • To sustain the participation and integration of minority communities in Europe. 
  • To initiate and promote tangible projects and examples of community development between people of different faiths, cultures and traditions.

 MoE has launched numerous projects for interfaith and intercultural dialogue and education. Some are listed below. 

Swapping Cultures

MoE's discussion based activity, "Swapping Cultures," is a tool to help break down barriers and forge links between people of diverse background and belief. It has been put into action in schools, colleges and communities across the UK and has reached many thousands of people. It has been acclaimed by the UK's Institute for Community Cohesion as a ground-breaking programme. 

Swapping Cultures  Strasbourg 2005

Swapping Cultures

 Strasbourg 2005

Strasbourg 2005

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the European Council anti racism campaign "All Different, All Equal," MoE in partnership with Women for Minorities, organised a 10 day conference in Strasbourg for over 100 young people from all over Europe and the Caucasus, to reflect on the achievements of the Campaign and how its achievements could be taken forward into the future.

 

Iran Exchange Saudi Arabia Plane
Iran Exchange  The 2 Kingdoms Youth Forum

 

The 2 Kingdoms (Saudi Arabia & UK) Youth Forum

MoE, in partnership with the British Youth Council and a number of Saudi youth organisations, led a ground-breaking intercultural meeting between young people from the UK and Saudi Arabia. In January 2009 around 40 young people from the two countries met in Saudi Arabia for a week of intercultural activities and adventures. This led to a number of projects by the young people, designed to promote and develop links between the two nations.

 

The 2 Kingdoms Youth Forum

The 2 Kingdoms Youth Forum