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PA training and December 3rd
CIL Sombor marked December 3rd More...
December 3rd in Sabac
Starting PA service in Sabac More...
2018 International Day of Persons with Disabilities – IDPD
Since 1992, the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities More...
Training for persons with disability
CIL Serbia organised training for PA users More...
International Belgrade Book Fair
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The Arts Edition

“Art does not exist only to entertain but also to challenge one to think, toprovoke, even to disturb, to engage in a constant search for the truth.”~ Barbra Streisand

All forms of art - drama, music, visual art, poetry, film, photography, and dance - stimulate connections between people. They are forms of expression often used to promote social change and to stand up for human rights. Art communicates across boundaries of geography, politics, gender, and race.Human rights too, cross all divides and belong to every individual on the planet. Simply put, art reflects us – we experience art together. It makes us feel human, and moves us to protect the human rights of others.In the classroom, the arts provide an invaluable tool through which teachers can attempt to address sensitive and challenging human rights issues.

As one human rights educator stated:

“...Arts by their very nature are viewed as tools for change, the development of consciousness and as mobilization for actions. All of this applies so well to the understanding of human rights and the skills needed to enforce and empower students to take action. Everything students read, enact, create, showcase, write or perform ties to human rights exploration. We have had great success usingtheatre, music, dance and writing to allow students to give voice to human rights issues, in this country, other countries and even within school cultures. It is this direct link and exploration that drives artists of all ages – and affects change.” ~ Sandy Borren Barrett, Associate Artistic Director, Stages Theatre, Hopkins, MN

Human rights themes and art can connect in the classroom in many ways. Here a just a few examples:


Human Rights provide both the opportunity to affirm the value of human diversity and identify a threat to cultural identities where languages and cultural traditions are disappearing. Artistic forms and styles can be used to reassertidentities. For example, people transported as slaves to the Americas were forced to repress their cultural traditions. Despite this, song and storytelling were developed as a means of resistance; and blues, gospel and jazz helped to shapeAfrican-American identity. Today, many African musicians use rap and hip-hop as an expression of defiance, protest and social conscience.


Just as the arts can be used as propaganda, it can also act as a social conscience where rights and freedom are under threat. Satirical songs, drama and cartoons are all ways in which artists highlight hypocrisy and abuse of power.Cultural and artistic freedoms have even been written into the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Positive social change

The arts often reflect the status quo but can also point to change and new possibilities. Art with a political or social message can be a powerful force for those challenging injustice. It can also symbolize aspirations for an alternativefuture. As teachers, we have the power to affect change in many ways.Packed full of lesson plans, activities, ideas, resources, and websites all dedicated to transforming learning in and through the arts, this Arts edition of Rights Sites News is designed to help teachers use the power of art to advance, protect, and celebrate human rights in their classroom. As Article 27 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states, “Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.”


All news:

PA training in Vrsac
7 Microaggressions Disabled Folks Face at the Doctor’s Office—and 6 Ways to Fix Them
The 12 Pillars of Independent Living
The social model of disability
Hidden Limits
Dear Society, Why Don’t You See Different as Beautiful?
Myths and Facts About People with Disabilities
International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 3 December 2014
EU Delegation in Serbia supported the increasing of political participation of persons with disabilities and the impact on policy development in Serbia
National Conference
Accredited Program of Education for Personal Assistants working in five cities in Serbia
CIL Serbia held its Presidency and the Assembly meetings
Jointly forces for economic and political empowerment of persons with disability
With joint forces of political and economic empowerment of persons with disabilities
"Public sector for all citizens"
Combining the strengths: Jointly for political and economic empowerment of persons with disabilities - EIDHR
Combining the strengths: Jointly for political and economic empowerment of persons with disabilities - EIDHR
Combining the strengths: Jointly for political and economic empowerment of persons with disabilities - EIDHR
"Walk of Shame on 5 May" - Save the date
Autism Awareness
Donation of natural supplements
PROUD OF WHAT WE DO IN PAST 10 YEARS ( and a few more)
Establishing an informal parliamentary group for improving the status, position and quality of life of persons with disabilities ( PWDs Group )
International Day of persons with disability marked in Serbian National Assembly
Advocacy and local support networks building
Workshop on social enterpreneurship
Stop Saying 'Wheelchair-Bound' And Other Outdated And Offensive Terms To People With Disabilities
International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 3 December 2013
Voice for equality
A life of dignity for all: accelerating progress towards the Millennium Development Goals and advancing the United Nations development agenda beyond 2015
Sustainable support services for PWDs in Serbia
Accessibility as a human right
Regional Balkan network of DPOs
By laws
State of the World's Children
Process of adoption of the Law on Personal Assistance in Slovenia
Every child needs a teacher
Hall of Fame: Gordana Rajkov, CIL Serbia
Round tables
ENIL’s key definitions on Independent Living
The Projected Image: A History of Disability in Film
Breaking boundaries
HUMAN RIGHTS DAY - 10 December 2012
Rio +20
Education for Personal Assistants
Recognize how your stories influence your experience
Fair of Civil Society Organisations
Europe 2020 Strategy

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