Collaborative participatory session related to the narrative about refugees in the civil society and activist sphere. Starting with reflecting on the current narrative participants and panelists of the session will analyze the challenges the current narrative presents to their work, and then will reflect together on ways to change this narrative, drawing from good practices of the participants' organizations and collaborative thinking.
The narrative and discourse around refugees and forced migration has evolved over history. It has evolved from solidarity to charity, and currently to security and economical threats. Narratives are important as they infuse into the public atmosphere, shape and influence public opinion and reactions towards refugees, but also have an impact on the services, policies, and programs related to refugees. During this session, we will explore together the current narratives around refugees, what challenges they represent in our work, and how can we create, together, a different narrative, based on agency, human rights, and values we want to be present in the public discourse.
Increase participants’ awareness of how the media influences narratives.
Give participants an insight into how they can challenge representations of refugees in the Media.
Practice collaborative thinking.