#PJstories – Interview with Reneé Hauskrechtova

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

Hello Reneé! 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?

Well, coming from a country where we suffer institutional inequality within the biggest minority in the Czech Republic this project was a wake-up call that not only we do not have a minority policy gap. After one week of this project, we realized that this problem cannot be only solved by domestic politics but internationally. Besides the educational part, we have the opportunity to create new international friendships and gain awareness about different cultures from people coming from Slovakia, Bulgaria, Romania, Italy, Estonia, and Spain.

In projects like this, I am always satisfied. I enjoy delving into specific political topics or human rights concerns; therefore, I was thrilled to learn from every one of the participants their national stories. We had the chance to work as a team on international teams and learn more about the plight of minorities in each participating country, which helped us understand that this is a worldwide issue that requires action. I met a lot of great people who told us a lot about their lives in their countries, which helped us appreciate different cultures and the current difficulties they face. Growing and developing young people’s awareness of current events worldwide – such as the integration of minorities throughout the world encourages them to be more tolerant and open-minded and develop a society where they can equally live all together.

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

I realized that just because we live in a majority-ruled environment doesn’t mean we can’t care for the individuals around us. It is possible to choose ignorance. It is also a decision to see things without thinking. As a result, identifying the issue of minority rights in obscure societies is the first step toward achieving justice for every one of us. No matter how exclusive you believe you are, we are all humans who breathe the same air and share the same earth. It is only our societal construct that causes some of us to consider the concept of supremacy. It is important to note that the majority of minorities face systematic segregation and indirect racism, which is passed down from generation to generation and will continue to be passed down if we do not take action and open our eyes to it. Because I think that the society is powerful as much as it is the weakest member of the society.

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

I intend to communicate and address the issues of minority and segregation that arise from our institutions with my community because it is the problem of the 21st century that should have been already solved. Many of us are unable to recognize equality since it is passed down through generations in our social, political, and even economic circles.

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