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With Thekla Paraskeuoudi, Chairman Hellenic Environmental Organization

In article of fame on February 25, 2013 at 11:19 am

With Thekla Paraskeuoudi, President of Greek Organization for Environment

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Dear polka Dots,
My concern about the environmental crisis in Greece is growing day by day. Not only due to our extremely polluted cities that we live in or the areas that are supposed to be under protection but  are being mangled in reality. My concern is growing because of the promised «green development politics» that the political parties forget about the day after being elected and because of the lack of environmental education in the new generation. So, I decided to dedicate the article of fame to Ms. Thekla Paraskeuoudi, president of the Greek Organization for the Environment. She is the most suitable person to let us know about the Greek reality, due to her engagement with these issues for a long time now. We talked, found the problems and thought of solutions. New actions are to come. Being one of the first volunteers I hope more will follow. Environment is our legacy and I hope we will all fight in unity to preserve it!
As said by Thekla Paraskeuoudi, in her article that follows :
« “If we don’t take care of our planet, the planet will do it for itself by marginalizing us.”»
James Lovelock, The revenge of Gaia.
Despite the fact that Greece is one of the richest in natural resources countries of EU, politics concerning the environment are not the first in the priority list. We base our environmental perspectives on European policy and funding. But unfortunately, this is not enough for protecting our environment. Our experience until now is that without the European Union instructions, Greek policies will be more than insufficient.
Our country should start treating the environment as a powerful hidden card that hadn’t yet played. Through it we are able to develop our economy as well as our energy sufficiency and our green business industry.
It is not enough to dream about something, you need to make it happen. After all these “green promises” before the elections and the complete neglect the day after we have no progress. Matters like the land fields, the air pollution or the recycling programs are just good enough for communication misleading by the ones that have power. But these problems need solutions now.
Government, local government and NGO’s should try all together to find solutions towards a new era of environment that give new work places and makes it healthier and easier to live and grow in this country.
Greece can do it. We can all do it  together. »

One Billion Rising initiative

In Opinions and bullet points. on February 16, 2013 at 3:29 pm

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My dear dots:
I have seen this photo some days ago on the Facebook wall of a friend. The total contrast between the two women intrigued me. I want to clarify that I am not writing this article to raise feminism. Neither to talk about genders equality or the inequality against the women in the workplace. I am just putting my thoughts together in order to be able to think with the help of all of you. To have some insight on what we call Human Rights.
Three years earlier, it was thanks to Coolabora that I became acquainted with the principles of gender equality and the social solidarity that comes as a result of fair treatment. Coolabora is a cooperative of consulting and social intervention and our programme took place that year in Portugal.
Three years down the road, the huge effort of the movement «One Billion Rising», for raising awareness on this issue shake things up. According to a research of the NGO PPR Foundation for Women’s Dignity and Rights, one in three women has been sexually or mentally abused. Maybe, reading that, we think that this rate is so big due to the formidable situation in the Middle East, Asian and African countries. However, in France, one in ten women is victim of domestic violence. In the heart of Europe. In the heart of civilization and freedom. Well, it is a matter with great dimensions that is being hushed up. A taboo matter in almost every country of this world, developed or not.
Human Rights are not only about the biological needs of people. The matter concerns also the psychological ones. I deeply understand that when someone is unable to cover ones biological and survival needs, cannot really care about the impoverishment of ones soul. However, human rights are not there to be prioritized on lists. On the contrary, should be state of mind to everyone.
We shall not be silent. Neither women (victims or not) nor men (who realize the abuse and just pass it by). The women because by nature weaker perhaps will be the next. The men because they have a mother, sisters or daughters, that might be the next to be abused.
No woman is provoking or inviting violence. Like no human being is giving away the right to dignity.

PS: The photo of the article is a loan from another user and not my property.

Interview on Bosnian National Radio

In Press releases on February 10, 2013 at 6:26 pm

Interview on Bosnian National Radio

 

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By trying to make a change in something, which doesn’t directly change your daily reality, gives you an expectation that the better is yet to come.
Everything started a while ago, when, being scholars for a year, on the “Leadership Development Programme and the EU”, we had to create a project to work on.
My team is consisting of 6 people. One Greek, one Turkish, two Albanians, two Bosnians. From the begging our backgrounds were completely different. Our opinions and views for religion, everyday life, education, even this European reality which I grew in, differed a lot. We worked hard to find a common point of view. The result was encouraging. The Roma population, which is being deprived of many basic rights, touched every one of us.
Project title: Trapped In Between
The Roma population of the Balkans today is more than a million. The majority of them are unemployed, unqualified, without the basic -primary school- education. Their marginalization is obvious and without hope of change. However, their problems in Bosnia and Herzegovina are even bigger since they don’t have rights to passport and legal papers as well as health security. Refuges from the time of the war in Kosovo, they don’t have still a legal entity or a legal status which makes them citizens of a country. They are obliged to live in special places like concentration camps, without the possibility of moving or going back to the territory of Kosovo, where they came from in the first place.
The common opinion has been informed. The first step is done. We did it together. With your awareness and sensitization being present. By supporting our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/TrappedInBetween). With your participating in our conference in Sarajevo.
What is left now, is for the competent NGO’s and the governments of the countries involved to establish regional cooperation and start solving the problem.
Because in the end of every action we have to think that besides the political and economical policies, the interests or the suspensions we are all human. And without this compassion, no political act can serve the common good.

Milic Vukasinovic

In Opinions and bullet points. on February 4, 2013 at 3:23 pm

Milic Vukasinovic

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It was on my way to Sarajevo, that i had the opportunity to talk to him. He is the guy that lived throughout the wars of Yugoslavia. He is Milic of Bijelo Dugme. He is a total rock star. Travelling by bus, drinking rakija in the pause. And he is still standing. While talking about politics, with my poor serbian,he was explaining to me how music brings people together. How a smile can make you a little bit more human everyday. In the end, how he feels when people are being opressed. Was it opression during Yugoslavia? Is it opression now? I really can’t make up my mind, neither he does. What i know is his last goodbye when we reached Sarajevo, early in the morning. I have faith in a new generation, in a new you day by day. This is what i believe in, he said smiling to me. Keep fighting. My answer should be keep rocking, but the idea of a new me was all over my head, that i could just smile at him and said goodbye. Until our next travel together at least! I should probably invite him to Thessaloniki for some more insight! Long live the Balkans.