Sharing Knowledge on Refugees Social Inclusion through Artisanship and Culture 0 Reply

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According to the UNHCR, the number of forcibly displaced people worldwide reached 59.5 million at the end of 2014, the highest level since World War II with a 40% increase taking place since 2011. More than a million forcibly displaced people, migrants and refugees, crossed into Europe in 2015, sparking a crisis as countries struggled to cope with the influx, and creating division in the EU over how best to deal with resettling people. Ensuring their integration and full participation in the economic, social, and political life of the society in which they live is a right that needs to be ensured if we wish to guarantee their social inclusion and the observance of their human rights.

In several contexts, arts and culture, more specifically traditional artisanship have been used as vehicle for displaced people social inclusion as making things by hand using centuries-old techniques and traditional knowhow might firstly, promote their empowerment and integration through employment opportunities and self-confidence increase; secondly, contribute to the preservation of intangible cultural heritage in need of safeguarding because of forced migrations and conflicts.

In the framework of the Global Exchange of Crafts Makers, Dialogue Café Association is organising this session with the aim of sharing knowledge and promoting mutual learning on how artisanship can be used to promote displaced people social inclusion and the preservation of intangible cultural heritage. With this purpose concrete initiatives being implemented will share their experiences and serve as inspiration for other organisations working in those fields.

The main goal of the cycle Global Exchange of Crafts Makers is to promote exchanges and dialogue between different crafts makers around the world with the aim, in one hand, of identifying the challenges and opportunities of this promising creative sector in future economies, in the other hand, promoting a dialogue and transmission of know-how between traditional and innovative artisans, between senior and young generations.

The session will take place next 25 May from 15h to 17h London time.


Moderator: Dalia Sendra, Dialogue Café Association

Artisanship: empowering people, preserving know-how:

  • Flore de Taisne & Edmund Le Brun, Ishkar, Paris

Facing together the challenge of ensuring refugees social inclusion:

Artisanship as vector for refugees’ social inclusion. Sharing European experiences. 


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Human Rights in XXI Century – Human Rights of Refugees 0 Reply

In the framework of the International Conference on “Human Rights in the challenging 21st century: Globalizing Dignity”, (09 – 10 May) which has been curated by Mr. Viriato Soromenho-Marques and organized by the Gulbenkian Foundation, the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights and the Embassies of Austria and the United States America; Dialogue CafĂ© Association will organise a side event on Human Rights in XXI Century – Human Rights of Refugees on 09 May 2016 from 15h to 16h30 (London time).



The aim of this global conversation is to discuss issues relating to Human Rights in a complex world, where vulnerable groups as Refugees and Migrants communities are facing challenges on their daily life and not respected as human beings.

What kind of change can we promote in order to fight against discrimination? What about if we were able to provide them with access to their rights as well as better opportunities for a peaceful life? How young generations can overcome the challenge of discrimination, ensure their access to human rights, and become contributors to the promotion of the inclusion of these communities?

Venues: Dialogue CafĂ© Lisbon (Room 3 – Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation), Dialogue CafĂ© Florence (Robert F Kennedy Human Rights Italy) and Dialogue CafĂ© Rio de Janeiro (University Cándido Mendes – UCAM)

Target audience: experts, civil society organisations, decision makers, and young people keen on Human Rights, refugees and migrants.

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For more information, contact the Dialogue Café Association.

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Refugee or migrant: what a difference a word can make? 0 Reply


In the framework of the cycle of Global Conversations: «Buzzing in the media» organised in partnership by the Dialogue Cafe Association and the Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology from the University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL), a first session will be held on 14 April (from 15h00 to 16h30 London time) with the aim of analysing if the way refugees are portrayed by media throughout Europe makes a difference when it comes to the public opinion?.

If choosing what vocabulary to use when the conversations are about the migrant crisis is important? What does it means to be a refugee nowadays? and is Europe up to the big challenge of the migrant crisis?


Global Conversations I


Dialogue Cafe Lisbon (Calouste Gulbekian Foundation) and Dialogue Cafe Rio de Janeiro (UCAM Candido Mendes University) will bring experts and journalists to discuss, among many other participants, and debate on the topic. Portuguese will be the language used during the debate.

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For more information, contact Dialogue Cafe Association or the Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology from the University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL).


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Hi Ashique, Thank you for your interest! Our cycle is finalised but more sessions on crafts will take place at Dialogue Cafe. For instance you can visit our profil in vimeo and attend online some sessions recorded. Otherwise we plan to publish a book with the recommendations and findings of our discussions on crafts. Keep posted! Thanks again for your interest DC team
daliasendra on 2019.07.29