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Call for Members: Democracy & Inclusion Working Group

Join the Democracy & Inclusion Working Group and become a member of a young Green network developing best practices that will shape Europe to be a more welcoming, inclusive, and democratic, today!

In the last years, the world has seen a rise in authoritarian leadership. However, in Europe too, we've seen a rise in oppressive leadership. Not just in Poland in Hungary, but across Europe, democracy and the rule of law is being exploited by governments, freedom of media undermined, and democratic procedures being interrupted by those abusing their position of power.

Governments are endangering citizens who want to voice their frustrations at injustice by blocking citizen’s right to demonstrate through threat of force against theirs and their loved ones’ safety. Too often, the right to protest is squashed by the state through police brutality and unjust detention. This forces many protesters into dangerous and vulnerable situations, even losing their lives at the hands of the State.

These issues especially reflect on marginalised groups whose freedom of expression is often blocked by oppressing governments.

Recognising the violence inflicted on women*, trans people, genderqueer, BIPoC and racialised communities, migrants, people from low socioeconomic backgrounds, and LGBTQIA+ people and believing that diversity is substantial for healthy democracies and thriving communities we would like to empower young greens to further explore these issues and opportunities.

Currently in Europe’s political institutions all of these groups are overwhelmingly underrepresented and the system oftentimes exclude people from participating in the decision making even in the cases when said decisions affect them the most.

If we want a democracy that works for all we need to ensure the participation of the people in decision making. In an attempt to do so, Europe’s institutions are working on Conference on the Future of Europe which is a real opportunity to initiate a conversation with citizens and to explore innovative consultation methods. At the same time, these volatile times may lead to Conference on the Future of Europe being only a charade with no real follow-up. Now is the crucial time for young Greens to unite their voices and demand for more just and inclusive democratic processes!

Want to join other young greens in making young people's voices heard, and holding institutions to account? Apply to join the working group!

Why join?

Working groups are a great opportunity to help steer FYEG’s political direction, learn more about the organisation itself and connect with young greens across Europe. You will develop not only your knowledge of democracy, but also organisational and practical skills.

Aims of the Democracy & Inclusion Working Group:

  • create professional documents on selected topics
  • provide the groundwork for the formulation of political positions
  • create a space for a debate on issues relating to the current status and the future of democracy among young activists on the European level
  • initiate a critical assesment on the challenges of inclusion and discrimination faced by green youth organisations in Europe and engaging in activities, research and projects aimed at solving them
  • communicate FYEG’s positions internally and externally with the support of the Executive Committee
  • support the EC and Prep-teams in policy-related preparations for FYEG events
  • develop a publication, a blog series or articles with the Ecosprinter Hold a webinar (or more!) on specific topics to share the work of the Working Group with FYEG members and beyond
  • follow the plans for the Conference on the Future of Europe and develop recommendations to ensure inclusion of all (and especially marginalised and racialised) groups in its assemblies.

Profile of the applicant

Applicants should be:

  • a member of one of FYEG’s Member Organisations or observer organisations, or an individual who shares the same values of FYEG
  • passionate about democracy and inclusion and willing to discuss issues and take actions
  • knowledge or willingness to learn about democracy and inclusion in Europe and/or their local context
  • available to commit to (a minimum of) 2 hours a week, including online meetings (starting at the end of February)
  • willing to take an active role in the working group
  • a good team player who contributes to a safe and supportive environment
  • comfortable working in English

If you are interested in applying, please complete the application form HERE.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact our Project Manager, Cristiana (project.manager@fyeg.org) or the Executive Committee member responsible for the Democracy & Inclusion Working Group, Milan (milan@fyeg.org).

New members will be notified shortly after the application deadline.

The deadline for applying to the Democracy & Inclusion Working Group is 13th of February at midnight CET