Celebrating Our Diversity - 2023 edition

Collaborative Platform for Practitioners

"A beautiful reminder of our values." Ieva Ulianskaite (Positive YOUth, Sweden)

The fifth edition of Celebrating Our Diversity Forum took place on 15 and 16 November with the participation of more than 50 civil society members from Sweden, Germany and Lebanon. Members and alumni of the Anna Lindh Foundation networks hosted workshops and participated in networking discussions.

The Forum hosts sent a clear message that we need dialogue more than ever and that there is no place for violence among us. 

The Forum was originally planned to take place in Beirut but the organisers hosted it online due to the ongoing war in the Middle East. 

The Forum programme includes networking sessions and  workshops (Practitioners Lab) where civil society representatives got the chance to spread the word about a manual/toolkit or promote their organisation and ongoing projects. Fatma Kotkat from the Anna Lindh Foundation presented the programmes and upcoming calls by the Foundation.  


Wednesday 15 November 

09.30 - 09.45   Welcome and Introduction

09.45 - 10.30   Networking 

10.30 - 10.45   Break

10.45 - 11.45   Practitioners Lab (parallel workshops)

- Global (in)justice and international solidarity (PeaceWorks Sweden)

- Intergenerational Dialogue (Swedish Dialogue Institute MENA and Folke Bernadotte Academy - Amman/Sweden)

- Everyday Music Appreciation (Give something back to Berlin- Germany)

- Let's Open the Toolbox (MitOst - Germany) 

- Reclaiming your public spaces: community engagement through advocacy (NAHNOO - Lebanon) 

11.45 - 12.00    Reflections and "see you tomorrow"


Thursday 16 November 

09.30 - 09.45   Welcome and Introduction

09.45 - 10.15   Networking 

10.15 - 10.30   Presenting Anna Lindh Foundation Programmes (Fatma Kotkat, Senior Country Desk Officer) 

10.30 - 10.45   Break

10.45 - 11.45   Practitioners Lab (parallel workshops) 

- Just Pass the Mic (Transeuropa Halles - Sweden)

- Empowerment Through Role Models (Hero2Be - Sweden)

- Build Resilience: strategies to handle resistance (Her Melody - Sweden)

- Connecting Perspectives (InterCulture - Germany)

- Online toolkit on combating hate speech for youth (Dawaer Foundation - Lebanon)

- Youth work within current challenges: Can we keep it up? (Youth Development Organization - Lebanon)

11.45 - 12.00   Reflections and see you at the 6th edition

Moderation: Karin Bruce (LärOlika, Stockholm) 


For information/questions

Swenja Zaremba and Hoai Truong - ALF Coordinators in Germany 

Zeina El-Hage - ALF Coordinator in Lebanon

Rasha Shaaban - ALF Coordinator in Sweden

This Forum is organised by the National Museums of World Culture (Sweden), Goethe-Institut (Germany) and the Lebanese National Commission for UNESCO (Lebanon) with the support of the Anna Lindh Foundation, European Commission, the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Swedish Dialogue Institute MENA.