22 November 2011
Ethnic Koreans living in Dzhankoi district of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea received micro-loans for the development of their small businesses and fostering their better integration into the socio-economical life of the Crimean Peninsula. During the ceremony held at Dzhankoi District Administration, IOM Ukraine?s Project Manager Vlad Ostryanskiy presented certificates for UAH 20,000 loans to six ethic Koreans. The project is funded by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea and implemented by IOM Ukraine through partner NGOs in Crimea, Kherson, Mykolayiv, Odesa, Zaporizhia, Dnipropetrovsk, and Kirovohrad regions.
18 November 2011
IOM Ukraine participated in Tolerance Day activities, organized for Kyiv adolescents by the Kyiv City Centre of Social Services for Family, Children and Youth. During the interactive event at the Kyiv City Hall, representatives from IOM, UNICEF, Danish Refugee Council, the International Women?s Rights Centre ?La Strada Ukraine? and others helped to develop projects related to countering violence and gender stereotypes among youth and promoting tolerance towards visible minorities, handicapped persons and people living with HIV. Over 150 teenagers from Kyiv schools? self-government participated in the event.
16 November 2011
This is a period in which the old world is slowly but irreversibly changing and the contours of a new one are just beginning to take shape. Traditional institutions are being challenged. Budgets are being squeezed. Families are being stressed. All of this flux and churning creates enormous anxiety. At times of change, we must stay true to the ideals and principles that are at the heart of the United Nations Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Among those core values is tolerance. Our practice of tolerance must mean more than peaceful coexistence, crucial as that is. It must be an active understanding fostered through dialogue and positive engagement with others.