March
 
As an international movement, we cannot ignore the situation of a lot of countries facing the COVID-19 pandemic. In these difficult times for humanity, we want to encourage everyone to stay kind, and to maintain physical distancing while practicing social solidarity.
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Last month's highlights
 
 
Three, two, one... 📸
 
Like many of you, the International Secretariat team is working from home. This means new challenges and opportunities! We miss our coffee and tea breaks in the office, but we resolved to have virtual ones to stay connected and to support one another.
 
 
 
Women's rights are human rights - 8M
 
Hundreds of thousands of people walked the streets of Barcelona to advocate for women's rights - human rights on Sunday 8th March.
The crowds of people and waves of purple colors were the symbols of women's power, diversity, unity and equality. Among them, there was a local SCI Catalunya's feminist group: Akkelare.  Read the full article 👉  here.
 
Combination and Integration
 
The second activity ‘Project Hub’ of the training cycle ‘Project Café’ took place in Serbia where 30 participants gathered by SCI Deutscher Zweig e.V. developed new ideas to realise their own projects and implement them in local communities.
Read more 👉 here.
Staying social while distancing
 
 
How the pandemic is reviving volunteering for peace
 
SCI France decided to support the national initiative #IWANTTOHELP! More than a national call, the government concretely put online a platform inviting French citizens to help through NGO activities, at the local level such as giving a hand to your neighbours, especially those who are more impacted by containment measures.
You can be involved in 4 topics:
  • Emergency food delivery
  • Babysitting
  • Keeping the link with isolated people
  • Local solidarity
And you, what would you do to give a hand?
Read the testimony of Romain, a Swiss volunteer in SCI France 👉 here.
 
Resilience, solidarity and unity in time of COVID-19 
 
This global pandemic affects us all. We send our best energies to keep spirits high in the face of adversity. Our attitude during this crisis is a model for others.
We send special encouragement to the countries that just now are experiencing traumatic moments as a society, with thousands of deaths and tens of thousands of infected people.
Italy, Spain, China, Germany, USA, Iran and France, our best wishes are with you!
Join clapping your hands initiative, every day at 8pm
This is perhaps the most iconic solidarity initiative to have spread faster than the coronavirus pandemic.
#WeStandTogether #Solidarityat8
 
 
 
Win while staying home!
 
Staying at home, you have many opportunities to take part in different contests and even get a chance to win. From CVS-Bulgaria, Giuzel Gaffanova helps us discover interesting contests to participate in and maybe win, why not?! Discover them 👉 here.
 
Resources
2nd Edition of
Words about Deeds
 
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The second edition of our 100 anniversary publication Words about Deeds is finally here.
The first edition copies quickly found their owners. Thank you for your support!
That's why we have printed 200 more!
 
 👉 Order your book here.
 
*Please, be patient with the shipping. We will send it as soon as the lockdown situation allows it.
 
 
Women Voice for empowerment and social inclusion
 
One year ago, a group of African women, mainly from Cameroon and Nigeria, met with SCI Hellas in an attempt to find common ground and work together.
 
Today, they introduce themselves in this video made with the members of the Peaceful Ladies group (turned Women Voice group) who are working on gender issues and domestic violence, educating and training themselves in matters of gender identity and violence in the various contexts these appear.

Read more 👉 here.
Watch the video 👉 here.
 
Mandla Mandela: "We must not rest until we achieve a free Palestine as well" 
 
The conference "Apartheid talks from South Africa to Palestine", organized by SCI Catalunyatook place last 19th March by videoconference and it was followed by more than 1,000 people from 38 countries.
Tribal chief and member of the African National Congress, Mandla Mandela, a reference in anti-racist and anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa engaged in a dialogue with anti-racist and afro-feminist speaker Desirée Bela and Natàlia Abu Sharar, President of the Palestinian Community of Catalonia.
 
Watch the conference 👉 here.
 
 
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