Bi Visibility Day: celebrating sexual diversity

Today it is Bi Visibility Day, also known as International Celebrate Bisexuality Day. The day was established in 1999 and takes place every year on the 23rd of September. The day is used to make bisexual people more visible and to celebrate the bisexual community. In this article, I discuss the history of this day and why it is important.

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

Today, the 9th of August, is the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. This day is about centering the indigenous peoples of the world. The United Nations has identified indigenous peoples as one of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable groups of people in the world. In Europe, the Sami people are the only recognized indigenous population. In this article, I will tell you a bit more about this day and the Sami people.

Athens Pride 2018

Athens Pride is a wholly voluntary, nonprofit company operating under the Greek Civil Code since 2006. Its primary objective is the organization of the Athens Pride Annual Prize and the Pride Parade. Our volunteers joined the parade, its colorful flags, participants, music and sounds. Feel it through the photos made by Laura Samuilyte For more […]

United Against Violence Towards Women

In 1999, the 25th of November was designated by the United Nations the «International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women».

Nowadays, on this date, campaigns are launched all over the world in order to raise awareness of this worldwide problem. Balkan Hotspot decided to join the cause and created a gallery of impactful images with some quite impressive messages and appeals. Take a look!

The Mobile Info Team: how to support refugees by informing them

The Greek refugee crisis of 2015 sharped the creativity of hundreds of volunteers all around the world to find new ways of helping who was escaping from war, violence and poverty. A shelter and a hot meal were not the only things that refugees had to struggle for once arrived in Greece. The lack of knowledge about their rights and moves to do without being overwhelmed by bureaucracy was a further element of anxiety in their already tricky psychological situation. That is how a group of European volunteers that had met in the Eidomeni Camp decided to create an alternative but not less useful form of support: the mobile info team for refugees in Greece, where the precious cargo to be donated was, specifically, information.

Civil March For Aleppo was compassion, hope and love between humans

The words of Anna Alboth in December of 2016 created a huge international movement for peace, the Civil March for Aleppo: “I don’t want just to stand for Aleppo. I want to go to Aleppo” (Anna Alboth). To show their solidarity with war victims and to share the peace message. During the journey, more than 3000 people from 55 nationalities joined them “transmitting a strong signal of compassion, hope and love between humans” (Eliza).

City Plaza and the magic of its little guests

Children are the first thing that one notices as soon as arrived in City Plaza. An unbelievable number of children that in the Western society we are not used to seeing anymore. Inside the squatted hotel of Athens become a house for refugees there are around 170 and the youngest of them was born just some weeks ago. They are screaming, playing and jumping everywhere despite the mercury column that often exceeds the 40 degrees during the Greek summer.

Thessaloniki Pride Podcast

During Thessaloniki Pride 9 people from 9 different countries came together to create a radio show. In the youth exchange “Diversity in Visual Arts” they practiced their radio skills and covered the Thessaloniki Pride with interviews, voxpops and much more. Experience or re-experience the sounds and colours of the pride.

Global Trends according UNHCR

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, published the Global Trens Report, analyzing the populations of concern numbers. UNHCR counts and tracks the numbers of refugees, internally displaced people, people who have returned to their countries or areas of origin, asylum-seekers, stateless people and other populations of concern to UNHCR. Some trending numbers according with the report available in UNHCR Global Trends: 65.6 million forcibly displaced worldwide as a result of persecution, conflict, violence, or human rights violations.

The state of Greece and the World’s Human Rights according to Amnesty International

Amnesty International published the Annual Report for 2016 to 2017. According to the annual assessment of human rights, last year was marked by a “toxic speech” with the “us vs them” rhetoric creating a more divided and dangerous world. Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International, alert to narratives of blame, hate and fear that are in levels not seen since the thirties, before the second world war.