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New Project Changing Democracies includes a Child Protection Policy

We are happy to share the news that we are part of a great new project called Changing Democracies!

Here you can read some information about this great project from the initiator Evens Foundation and read the shared Child Protection Policy that was implemented for the project and to which In Medias Res committed to.

In Europe (and beyond), we are (still) witnessing the rise of populism, authoritarianism, extremist parties, illiberal democracies, growing inequality between rich and poor, increasing polarisation and even a new war.

Democracy is in crisis. Trust in democratic institutions is falling.

Changing Democracies explores how Europe’s living history might help us to understand the current crisis of democracy. The project aims to contribute to building a shared European memory space, where histories and memories of communism, dictatorships, resistance, transitions, war and peace can be communicated and explored to help us better understand what processes are needed for democracy to fulfil its promises and how agency and active citizenship can be imagined in different ways.

Gathered by local partners in their communities across the continent, these testimonies will be integrated into different outputs: an interactive website, a documentary, an educational resource pack, exhibitions etc. These will be brought to people around Europe who have never experienced life in a non-democratic system, aiming to enhance the dialogue around democracy across generations and cultures.

Changing Democracies is a two-year, flagship project for the Evens Foundation and its partners. It is funded by the EU, as part of the Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values Programme (CERV).

More about the Changing Democracies Consortium

Brought together by the Evens Foundation and EuroClio, the Consortium includes organisations from ten different countries, encompassing project managers, event managers, financial administrators, historians, researchers (in oral history and peace), creatives (including designers and film producers), journalists, human rights activists and educators (teachers, teacher educators, textbook authors, and museum and art educators).

The project builds upon each partner’s existing research as well as their expertise and experience in working with diverse audiences. Between them, the partners are able to interact in 20 different languages – a key factor in collating a broad and diverse set of individual histories.

The project will begin at the local level, with each partner collecting stories in their region – Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Croatia, Greece, Czechia, Romania, Lithuania, and Poland – representing almost half of the EU while focusing mainly on countries with more recent experiences of transition.

Child Protection Policy

For this great project we created a shared Child Protection Policy that you can read below: