LOOSENING THE GRIP OF HETERONORMATIVITY: HOW STUDENTS CAN MAKE A CHANGE
The Study Session
From January 26 to February 1,
2009 in Strasbourg took place a Study Session "Loosening the grip of heteronormativity:
How students can make a change" organised by Association of Nordic LGBTQ Student
Organizations (ANSO) supported by Directorate
of Youth and Sport of the Council of Europe. Participants represented many Council
of Europe member states: Albania, Armenia, Denmark, Estonia, France, Georgia,
Germany, Iceland, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Russian Federation,
Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and also Kyrgyzstan and Lebanon. The Study
Session called attention not only of LGBTQ, but of representatives of civil
equality organisations and student unions. Equally broad was the programme:
from exploring the limitations of heterosexual standards (heteronormativity)
to student policy making, from designing a queer survival kit to the visit of
the Council of Europe. Besides exercises and discussions held by ANSO trainers,
interesting presentations were given by Educational Advisor of Directorate of
Youth and Sport (CoE) and guest speakers from the European Youth Forum and SFS
(Swedish National Union of Students).
And of course participants won't forget hospitality of the European Youth Centre in Strasbourg and unprecedented cohesion they experienced during the week. Networking took place and will continue to develop long after participants left their meeting place at the border of France and Germany.
− In Strasbourg
everything is set closely: the European Youth Centre, the European Parliament,
the European Court of Human Rights, the Council of Europe... And I was attracted
by a "strange" non-European word on the Parliament's building − "Sakharov".
Because I knew how to "unravel" its meaning.
In general, this Study Session was overwhelmed with inspiration: youth intelligent collective, common ideas, common values, different cultures and different sweeties which we brought for coffee breaks.... What else is needed to have a good time and to learn a lot?
I am often asked, what for all those trips are needed? First of all, because at home, in Russia, events of such level don't take place yet. To do so, you need to solve a whole complex of questions "Who? Where? How?". Who will hold an event? Where to hold it? How to inform the audience? And this is not a complete list still. But we want to believe in the best. Thus, we work, rejoice the certificate that the ANSO and the Council of Europe handed to us in the end of Study Session and viewing the photographs.
Our programme for 6 days − we need to have time to do everything: to share realities, to tell about our organisations, to study heteronormativity and its consequences in higher education, to learn to develop student policy, to go deep into details of protection of interests and lobbying...
It is possible to apply the received knowledge immediately, during the visit to the Council of Europe. The view from the stairs of which, by the way, is not bad. You can even remember from the Russian school programme: "All flags will be our guests".
on The 15th of September, 2009
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