May – a month of youth, a month to rememberMay, the month of spring, the month of youth (25th of May is still remembered by many people), this year, among the other things was marked by two events related with different forms of civic association. The first one, the civic protest organized in the Skopje municipality Cair on the occasion of the murder of three young boys and six injured people in an Internet – cafe, showed the profound dissatisfaction of the young and the older Cair inhabitants against the possession of weapons.
|Q & A|
Civil society organizations and politicsIn the pre-election period, as it usually happened before, surges occurred that have also affected civil society organizations, independent of their will. So part of their activities have been qualified as party campaigns by representatives of the government or some political parties, and the organizations themselves as party colored. A lot of questions are imposed as a result of such conditions: Do political parties use (misuse) civil society organizations and their leaders to realize their own goals? Do members of the civil society organizations use their own organizations for promotion of some party agenda? Can members of civil society organizations be members of political parties and actively involved in the party policy?
Three leaders of the civic sector have shared their views on part of these questions
|14th anniversary of the First Children Embassy in the World - Medjashi|
The children are people who have never lead a warThe children are special people. They are neither national nor religious army leaders. They are people who have never fought a revolution, or counter-revolution or lead a war. The children are neither class nor a national issue: they are an issue above all issues.
|Mobilization of resources|
Auctions – one of the ways for money raisingThe women civic initiative “Antiko” is a multi-ethnic NGO-network, founded in 1999 by 14 women NGO leaders from 7 local communities in the Republic of Macedonia.
Its mission is to promote the culture of peace and non-violence by creating a safe common space for realizing the common goals, which are:
|The Women Network evaluates the year 2005|
Croatia neglected the military consequences on womenIn its 2005 report, the network of women organizations working in the Republic of Croatia presented the (un) realized expected shifts of the conditions in the country in realizing gender equality. It analyzed the institutional mechanisms in the country, the media, the education, the reproduction rights, the women position at the labor market, the women and the politics, the violence against women, the women trafficking, specially emphasizing the chapter called ”Women and the military conflicts” which begins with the statement that exactly in that statement it has been done least regarding the generally set goals of the National Policy for the period between 2001 and 2005.
|SUNA (Skopje United Nations Association)|
Promoting the UN values in MacedoniaSUNA (Skopje United Nations Association) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization registered in 2000, which started its activities at non-formal meetings between its members back in 1998.
|A pilot-project for energetic efficiency and promotion of the renewable energy|
Solar systems in a boarding school and in a nursery school in the municipality of JegunovceProactiva, both theoretically and practically, approaches new ways of energy saving to the residents of Jegunovce
e citizens’ organization Proaktiva from Skopje at the end of May started the realization of the pilot-project for energetic efficiency and for promotion of the renewable kinds of energy in Tetovo municipality of Jegunovce.
The consequences of the Chernobyl catastrophe are a serious obstacle factor in the economic construction of UkraineThere have been twenty years since the horrible date, 26th April 1986, when the biggest technological catastrophe in the history of humankind happened – the nuclear-plant accident in Chernobyl. I remember very well the first moments when the citizens of Kiev found out about the accident. There was big ignorance. No one except the experts had contact with the atom and some new terms occurred at the time: radionuclides, heavy metal pollution, radiation etc.
|The first European Entrepreneur’s Day was held in Macedonia|
“We need more entrepreneurial spirit”This year the manifestation “European Entrepreneur’s Day” was held for the first time in Macedonia. On 9th and 10th May, at the Skopje Fair, 11 seminars were held where about 50 speakers addressed more than 500 present. 60 companies from the countries in the region took part at the entrepreneurship fair (Serbia and Montenegro, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Macedonia), as well as organizations for support of entrepreneurship.
|How to get to successful “multi-culti” activities|
Principle of neutralityonsidering that there is no need to explain the genesis of the term neutrality as it is easily understandable, in this text I would like to refer to several aspects of neutrality that can contribute to successful realization of multi-ethnic projects. It means that the focus will be on: neutrality in the project team, neutrality in the place of your main activity and neutrality of the contents of your messages in the project