#PJstories – Interview with Natalja Listova and Aleksandra Munts-Avajõe

Natalja and Aleksandra participated in the Training Course “Rights are 4 All” organized by PROJUVEN in Benalmádena, Spain

Hello! Can you give us your opinion about the project “Rights are 4 All“? What is the most important thing you have learned during the training course?

The most important thing that was learned during the training course is that people in exercising their rights, must not prejudice the legitimate interests and rights of other people. For example, a human has the right to demand that his or her rights be respected, but when claiming his or her rights, he or she must respect the rights of other people. On the project, it was interesting to learn some trends in understanding the importance of different rights topics. For example, for the younger generation such things as the expression of the opinion, self-expression, freedom of movement in the world are fundamental things, but for more experienced youth workers, in addition to the above mentioned, also were emphasized as fundamentally important rights – the right to life, the right to have a roof over one’s head, the right to have family. The project showed that the thoughts and principles of the participants are not made of iron, and the participants, listening to each other, could change their minds, listen to the arguments and think together with the purpose to understand the truth. It’s great that in the project it was felt the mutual respect of the participants, interest in the opinions of other people and the desire to learn and understand how to get better life in our society.

Why is promoting minority human rights so necessary and why must we fight for equality?

It is necessary to raise awareness of human rights because the rights of human are the same for all people. The rights of every person apply to everyone from birth, regardless of age, gender, nationality or any other specificity. To fight for equality is necessary, because it is the fight against discrimination, unequal or unfair treatment, including all forms of prejudice and discrimination, racism, bullying, equal pay etc.

How do you plan to share your new knowledge and awareness acquired in your local community?

The knowledge will be used in everyday work in Estonian Union for Child Welfare, the organization contributes to ensuring children’s rights and shaping a child-friendly society. Such kinds of projects open minds, energize, give new knowledge and acquaintances from different countries.

The knowledge will be shared to:

  • advocate for children’s rights and well-being;
  • influence society, including participation in the policy and law-making progress;
  • carry out national as well as international projects and programmes;
  • research and analyse the situation and opinions of children;
  • organise trainings, seminars and conferences;
  • issue information materials and publications.

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