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World Poetry Day: Celebrating our common humanity 0 Reply

A decision to proclaim 21 March as World Poetry Day was adopted during UNESCO’s 30th session held in Paris in 1999 with the objective to support linguistic diversity through poetic expression and to offer endangered languages the opportunity to be heard within their communities. 

Since 1999, every year on 21 March, the World Poetry Day celebrates one of humanity’s most treasured forms of cultural and linguistic expression and identity. Poetry is a driver of common humanity and shared values, a powerful catalyst for dialogue and peace. The World Poetry Day serves also to honour poets, revive oral traditions, promote poetry and especially, bring people together across continents.  

Against this backdrop, Dialogue CafĂ© Network is organising a session to celebrate our common humanity and values and promote intercultural dialogue through poetry. With this purpose, poets from Serbia, Portugal and other countries will be invited to join this session, share their poems in their mother tongue and translate them into English to the audience in an open dialogue and exchange. People interested in joining the session would be able to share poems with the participants to celebrate our common humanity.  

The session will be held on 25 March 2021 from 3pm – 5pm London time and will join participants from Portugal, Serbia and Spain.

  • Graça Melo – Portuguese Association of Poetes – Portugal 
  • Ersan Muhović – Poet and writer, Serbia 
  • Zilha Ragipović – Poet, Serbia 
  • Emina Marukić – Last year’s laureate of the Duga’s poet competition, Serbia 
  • Selma Kolašinac – Poet reciter, Serbia


For further information and registration:  

Dialogue Café Lisbon – Dalia Sendra (daliasendra@casadoregalo.pt

Dialogue CafĂ© Novi Pazar – Haris Imamovic (imamovicharis@hotmail.com)  

Dialogue CafĂ© Évora –  Ana Rita Valido/ADRAL (ana.valido@adral.pt



International Women´s Day #ChooseToChallenge 0 Reply

Since 1911, annually on March 8th, the International Women’s Day (IWD) is marked to celebrate globally the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, raise awareness about women’s equality and fundraise for female-focused charities. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Significant activity is witnessed worldwide as groups come together to celebrate women’s achievements or rally for women’s equality.   

According to the World Economic Forum, sadly none of us will see gender parity in our lifetimes, and nor likely will many of our children. Gender parity will not be attained for almost a century.  

The focus of IWD in 2021 is about choice, the choice of challenging our thoughts and actions every day with the aim of creating, collectively, an inclusive world, a better world for all of us.  

From challenge comes change, so let’s all choose to challenge. 

Against this backdrop, Dialogue CafĂ© Network is organising a session to celebrate women´s achievements, raise awareness about women´s equality and support gender parity. Wth this purpose, women from all ages, sectors and cities involved will be invited to join this session, celebrate the IWD and address questions raised during the debate such as: 

  • How will you help forge a gender equal world? 
  • How better to raise awareness against bias and stereotypes?  
  • According to your knowledge and experience how do you think the pandemic has affected the path for equality? 
  • How are younger generations assuming the challenge of gender equality? 
  • Share a woman’s achievement.  
  • Share an example of small action we all can undertake for equality. 
  • Share a motto for equality 


Dialogue Cafe Belgrade (United Nations Associations of Serbia) 

  • Sanja Petrovic, Lawyer 

Dialogue Cafe Évora (Eugenio de Almeida Foundation/ADRAL) 

  • Tânia Salgado, President of the Board of ADDHG – Association for the Defense of Human Rights of GuimarĂŁes 
  • Alexandra LuĂ­s, Mulheres Sem Fronteiras 
  • Laura QuitĂ©rio, LGBTI, Leiria 
  • Joana, Centre of Culture and Feminist Intervention

Dialogue CafĂ© Novi Sad (Youth Office)

  • Branislava Aradjan, President, Junior Chamber International , JCI Novi Sad 

#ChooseToChallenge #IWD2021 


For further information and registration: Dialogue Café Lisbon – Dalia Sendra (daliasendra@casadoregalo.pt), Dialogue Café Belgrade – Biljana Vukosavljevic (unaserbia@gmail.com), Dialogue Café Cidade de Praia – Indira Pires (ipires@institutopedropires.org.cv), Dialogue Café Évora – Margarida Oliveira/FEA (margarida.oliveira@fea.pt) & Ana Rita Valido/ADRAL (ana.valido@adral.pt), Dialogue Café Novi Sad – Stefan Radojcic (s.radojcic@pf.uns.ac.rs)



Entrepreneurship, Creative Hubs & Makers: innovation and resilience in pandemic times 0 Reply

Creative hubs represent a tool for innovation and a guide to entrepreneurs to bring social value to societies and communities through their creativity on local and global scale.  

As the UNCTAD report (2010) states, creative economy has the potential to generate wealth and jobs while promoting social inclusion and human development. They facilitate the creative process of entrepreneurs by providing space, consultation, training, funding. Moreover, creative hubs represent a place where young entrepreneurs and start-ups from different backgrounds can meet, discuss, develop and implement new ideas, to building up a new environment able to empower different social groups and support their inclusion.

On the other hand, entrepreneurs and makers bring new ideas and dreams to explore within creative hubs, enhancing the heritage and knowledge of those spaces. In COVID-19 times, where entrepreneurs and makers need to be more resilient and creative hubs pursue innovation more than ever, spaces and opportunities to share knowledge, jointly analyse challenges and approach solutions will be excellent ways to surpass the negative impact the pandemic will bring at the social and economic level.  

Against this backdrop, Dialogue CafĂ© Network is organising a session to address the successfulness factors and practices implemented by creative hubs to support entrepreneurs and makers and provide responses to their needs. During the sessions some questions will be raised such as:  

  • How has the COVID-19 affected entrepreneurs and makers?  
  • According to your knowledge and experience, in which sense creative hubs can provide new opportunities to entrepreneurs and makers?  
  • How to promote innovation and resilience at the entrepreneurial level in the new era?  
  • Working together is essential to recover from this global crisis. From entrepreneurs and makers, to creative hubs, authorities and other third sector organisations to the private sector, we all have a role in building a post-COVID world that is better for present and future generations. Kindly share your opinion and views on how better encourage collaboration and co-creation within creative hubs among entrepreneurs and makers. Share your opinion, experience and knowledge.  

Provisional Programme

Dialogue Café Belgrade (United Nations Associations of Serbia)

Dialogue Cafe Évora (Eugenio de Almeida Foundation) 

  • Antonieta FĂ©lix, Entrepreneur of Project “Literacia” 
  • Carlos Ramos, Founder of “B de Brincar”  
  • Tânia Carvalho, Founder of “INHERVOICE” 

Dialogue Cafe Novi Pazar (Centar Duga)

  • Vesna Sekulić, creative worker & CEO “Zvechka” 
  • Lejla Mulić, creative worker & CEO “LeCreative Gift Shop”. 

And much more!




Recover Better – Stand Up for Human Rights 0 Reply

Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December — the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The UDHR is a milestone document that proclaims the inalienable rights which everyone is entitled to as a human being – regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. The focus of the Human Rights Day 2020 is Recover Better – Stand Up for Human Rights. 2020 theme is related to the COVID-19 pandemic and focuses on the need to build back better by ensuring Human Rights are central to recovery efforts. As Human rights are at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we cannot hope to drive sustainable development in the absence of human dignity. To reach the SDGs, equal opportunities for all should be created, failures exposed by Covid-19 pandemic addressed and human rights standards applied to tackle systematic inequalities, exclusion and discrimination.

Against this backdrop, Dialogue Café Network is organising a session to celebrate the Human Rights Day and reaffirm the importance of human rights in re-building a new world based on global solidarity, interconnectedness, solidarity and equality. Special guests invited to analyse how the Covid-19 pandemic is rising poverty, inequalities, discrimination and other gaps in human rights protection as well as to share their views and motivations on how better recover from the effects of this global pandemic and propose measures to recover and build back a better world, more resilient, just and sustainable.

Some of the questions to be raised during the debate will be:

  • According to your knowledge and experience, in which sense the Covid-19 pandemic has affected Human Rights?
  • Has the covid-19 crisis fuelled structural discrimination and racism? If yes, how?
  • What measures can be proposed in order to end discrimination of any kind in a post-Covid world?
  • In which way Covid-19 pandemic has affected, already existing, inequalities? How to promote and protect economic, social and cultural rights in the new era?
  • Working together is essential to recover from this global crisis. From individuals to governments, from civil society and grass-roots communities to the private sector, we all have a role in building a post-COVID world that is better for present and future generations. Kindly share your opinion and views on how better encourage participation and solidarity. Share your opinion about best measures to ensure all voices are heard in this process, especially the voices from the most affected and vulnerable.
  • Sustainable development is a must. The association between Human Rights and the 2030 Agenda is unalienable. How to act in order to ensure no one is left behind?


Dialogue Cafe Belgrade

  • Uros Andjelkovic, Serbian Youth Delegate to the UN (Moderator)
  • Katarina Velkov, MA in Human Rights and Multi-level governance

Dialogue Cafe Novi Pazar / Centar Duga

  • Ajša Ĺ ukurica, NGO “Tavus”

Dialogue Café Novi Sad:

  • Stefan RadoiÄŤić, Teaching Assistant at the Law Faculty, University of Novi Sad.




Together We Can Through Volunteering 0 Reply

By United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) mandate, the International Volunteer Day (IVD)[1] is celebrated annually on 5 December with the aim of celebrating volunteers and organisations efforts, promote their values and disseminate their work.

The focus of the IVD 2020 is “Together We Can Through Volunteering” in order to highlight the role of volunteers in raising awareness, inspiring others and achieving the SDGs.

“the efforts of 1 billion volunteers is an important foundation at a pivotal moment for development to enable us to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic” 

(UN Deputy Secretary General Amina J. Mohammed)

During the COVID 19 pandemic, volunteers have been at the forefront of medical, community and societal responses. Community volunteers are recognised by the World Health Organisation as key stakeholders for risk communication and community engagement. Their effort during the covid-19 pandemic has been huge and should be further recognised. IVD2020 is dedicated to volunteers worldwide and aims at recognising their valuable contribution.

As per initiative of the Eugenio de Almeida Foundation, host of Dialogue Cafe Évora room, Dialogue Café members in Belgrade, Evora, Novi Sad and Lisbon will organise a session on volunteering with the aim of celebrating volunteer effort and recognising their contribution to the community in those harsh times. During the session, volunteers and social organisations invited will analyse the difficulties confronted by volunteers in times of covid-19 as well as identify new opportunities and frames for volunteering. Volunteers participating in the session will share also their views, motivations and experiences to show the benefits of volunteering.

Some of the questions to be raised during the debate are:

  • According to your experience, how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected volunteering?
  • What are the most important challenges faced by volunteers in the new era Covid-19?
  • How social distancing and restrictions imposed has affected your work as volunteer?
  • What about digital technology? Kindly let us know how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected the use of digital technology in your work as volunteer?
  • Every crisis brings challenges, but also opportunities. Please identify new opportunities of volunteering brought by the new reality Covid-19 pandemic.
  • How do you see volunteering in the near future?
  • Share your best volunteering experience.

Check out the provisional programme and keep posted to know more!

Moderation: Inês Gonçalvez, Volunteers´Manager, Eugenio de Almeida Foundation

Dialogue Cafe Belgrade / Youth Office

  • Sonja Kuzman,  Volunteer at the Novak Djoković Foundation
  • Marija Stojanović, Red Cross Stari Grad

Dialogue Cafe Évora / ADRAL

  • Maria JoĂŁo Rosado, Volunteer
  • Alexandra Mota, National Association of Young Entrepreneurs

Dialogue Cafe Évora / Eugénio de Almeida Foundation

  • Gil Nobre, Cultural volunteer at Eugenio de Almeida Foundation and Volunteer at the High School Gabriel Pereira Club
  • Filipa Neves, Project Mind the Mind and National Association of Psychology Students
  • Francisca Sousa, Comission of Volunteer, Food Bank Against Hunger, Évora
  • Levi Filho, Cultural Volunteer and Volunteer at the Social Kitchen of the Eugenio de Almeida Foundation
  • Sandra Veladas, Volunteer at the Social Kitchen of the Eugenio de Almeida Foundation

Dialogue Novi Sad / Youth Office

  • Dr. Branka Cvetanović, OPENS – European Youth Capital Novi Sad




Micro and Small Businesses led by Women 0 Reply

Celebrating the Global Entrepreneurship Week 2020

& Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED)

25 November 2020 | 3pm – 5pm London time

Belgrade, Evora, Lisbon, Novi Sad

Entrepreneurship is an important driver of economic growth and it provides economic opportunities everywhere.

Despite women entrepreneurs are to make a greater impact across economies, only 34.4 % of the European Union (EU) self-employed and 30 % of start-up entrepreneurs are women. In order to increase women´s participation in economy and entrepreneurship, special policy attention is needed on matters including but not limited to education, and non-discrimination, in areas such as access to finance and property rights.The OECD Recommendation on Gender Equality calls on governments to reduce the gender gap in entrepreneurship activity and support women entrepreneurs in confronting issues and strengthening the necessary skills to their success. Women´s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decisionmaking, including the economic, as well as to give women equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to ownership and control over financial services are some of the targets established by the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030.

In order to support women´s entrepreneurs and celebrate the Women´s Entrepreneurship Day 2020, Dialogue Café network will organise a specific session on Micro and Small Business led by Women in the framework of the Exchange of Businesspersons and Entrepreneurs organised by our partners in Évora, the ADRAL Regional Agency for the Development of the Alentejo region and the Europe Direct Initiative.

The session, which will take place on 25th November from 3pm to 5pm London time, aims at sharing businesswomen knowledge, supporting women´s entrepreneurs and promoting networking within the Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WEDO) global movement.

Businesswomen and women´s entrepreneurs invited to the online discussion will share experiences, views and testimonials as well as will address the following questions as well as other raised during the session:

  • What led you to follow your own project?
  • Why do you think there is still such a big difference in the gender of entrepreneurs?
  • What were the main difficulties you have faced as entrepreneur, as women entrepreneur? If you have come across some.
  • What are the major challenges that women face in micro and medium business?;
  • What are the business skills all women entrepreneurs need to develop to achieve success?;
  • Share a tip about entrepreneurship
  • Best business models;
  • The role of cooperation and networking in business development.