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jueves, 5 de abril de 2018

Granada's Activism

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Hello Hello, I was waiting to wrte this blog because what I am going to talk about is a topic that interests me a lot; Activism.

Well for someone like me coming from a country like Tunisia, seeing the activism life in Granada is a fascinating thing. 

These past weeks have been nothing but GREAT, I got the chance to see how things function in another country. For example in my country if you hear the word protest or demonstration or HUELGA ! Then it means Chaos, police arrests, jail and a lot of violence.

A Regular Protest in Tunisia

On the 8th of March 2018 more than 30 thousand people attended the protest of the Huelga Feminista that was organized on the International Women Day.


 The streets were flooded with people supporting the Huelga. I never been in such a strike or demonstration. It was an amazing new experience for me, I met there with Sara and my mentor Asun and their friends, it was very challenging to find them, we were sending pictures of umbrellas to try to find each other’s locations lol




A lot of NGO’s where present and sooo many people from all sort of ages aiming to praise the amazing role of women in the society and to point the discrimination that women still face in our nowadays life whether at home or work.  It was simply a HISTORICAL day all over Spain not only in Granada and I am so glad to be part of such event.





That made me want to find out more about LGBT activist life in Granada because honestly in my country it was IMPOSSIBLE for me to get involved because I could go to jail for 3 years.
So I looked for some NGO’s and I contacted Granada Visible and many other NGO’s, luckily I met an amazing person; Elena, she added me to their WhatsApp group and also invited me to their meeting which gathered all kind of LGBT Ngo’s in Granada and that is where I made contact with someone from Amnesty International and that also invited me to their meeting where I met with amazing people too.


For me being in those meetings was a very important thing because for the first time in life I was in the same room with people who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans…  And most importantly to feel safe and scared of getting arrested. I don’t know how to describe this but I felt such a relief.

I am so happy that I will attend my first Gay Pride in Granada and to be involved in the planning procedures with the local NGO's.






sábado, 10 de marzo de 2018

Women's day

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International Women's Day is celebrated around the world every year on 8 March. Since 1911, International Women’s Day has served to progress the movement for women’s rights and to advance the status and empowerment of women worldwide, it is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regards to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political.

So today I'm going to talk about women's day in Granada, to be honest, it's the first time that I participate in such manifestation. About thousands of people were there of course not only women but also men. This manifestation was well prepared, they started from 8:30h in the morning preparing the banners etc...So at 18h we all met in Gran Via. by the way all the women doesn't work on 8 March in Granada, i didn't expect to find that huge people.  

The objective of Women’s Day is to express love and gratitude towards women’s’ contribution to our lives and society. It honors the power and struggles of women who have broken all barriers and reached the pinnacle of success in every sphere of life. Today, women across the globe actively participate in politics, education, social work, corporate, sports, IT, research & development, innovation and diverse fields, and have left their footprints.

Several resolutions to protect women’s rights have also been passed globally, which has opened up broader avenues for the growth and development of women in our society. Women’s Day also celebrates the role of women as a daughter, a wife, a mother, a sister and a homemaker. The day honours the voices that go unheard, the rights that are dominated and the tears that go unnoticed. Even today, there are millions of women around the world who are either speechless or are struggling hard to secure their rights. The discrimination and inequality is still every prominent, especially in developing and backward countries.
Despite all pessimism, International Women’s Day is a special day dedicated only to women and their role in our lives. Culture and ethnicity has given a new dimension to this day where the tradition of gifting presents to women is popular in some countries. Personalised gifts and greeting cards dedicated to Women’s Day have become exceptionally popular today. Many people think it is the ideal way to express their love and gratitude for women in life. Though, the true essence of the day lies in identifying the rights and power of women and giving them a stature that they deserve.


sábado, 13 de enero de 2018

Navidad en Granada

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Hello everyone, in this blog I’m going to tell you about Christmas in Granada. Well, from where i come from we don’t celebrate it. I’m from Tunisia, Christmas is not in our culture so it was my first one. I was waiting for Navidad and i was so excited, the first thing that impressed me was the lights we all know that Granada is a beautiful place but in Christmas it was more fascinated and breathtaking. 



So when we went to the center there was a lot of people (mucha gente) i never saw that quantity of people in the city center. They were shopping, buying gifts (regalo) and eating chocolate con churro. In the 24th of December, people who work in cuidad de los ninos invited us to have dinner with them and it was an awesome one we had fun and they were very nice and friendly with us. The dinner was chicken, shrimp, potatoes, salad ... and it was very delicious (muy rico). 




After that we were enjoying our days of Christmas until New Year came. Our friends came to our place to celebrate together, so when they came we showed them the house because it was really big and to make them feel comfortable. During the day we had a tour in the city center also we went to several places like Alhambra, Albaicin...but unfortunately we couldn’t have tapas because most of the bars was closed. Before coming back home we bought delicious potatoes in the oven. When we arrived at home we directly start to eat because we were starving and after our house mat told us that we are going to have a dinner with people who in cuidad de los ninos like the previous dinner, we were not hungry but we went because the food is very very delicious lol.


 We get dressed to be ready for the party and we went out to the city hale. There were hundreds of people dancing and drinking in the street, there was a big concert when midnight came the dark sky became like heaven with fireworks it was awesome after that we went to our friend house we had some drinks also so much fun at 5 in the morning we went to a club called VOGUE it was a nice club and cheap 15 € the entrance plus 3 drinks so for me it was a good deal because in New Year clubs became more expensive. 



We danced a lot and at 10 in the morning we went home our friends wanted to stay with them for the after but we couldn’t stay because we were so exhausted so went directly to bed to sleep. We woke up at 4, we ate breakfast and we spend the whole day at home. Honestly it was my favorite New Year, also i loved Christmas with the lights in the street. We didn’t have a tree for Christmas but for sure next year we will buy one.





domingo, 7 de enero de 2018

On Arrival Training

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                                                              Canfranc bus station


Hello, in this blog i'm going to share with you my experience in the On Arrival Training, so let me start from the first.
When they told me about the date of the On Arrival Training to be honest i was not excited, i'm always afraid to meet new people. It was in Canfranc  too far from Granada, so i woke up with negative vibes.




Our point meeting is in Zaragosa, so we call taxi to pick us to the bus station but the women in the radio taxi didn't want to send us one, time past very quick so we were obliged to call our coordinator Carmen to help us. She came and picked us to Malaga train station we couldn't make it without her. we ate the breakfast there and after we took the train. It was very fast after 4 hours we arrived to Zaragosa, we arrived early so we went to a coffee and after we went back to the train station to meet with the other volunteers.



 After a while we were all there so w took the bus to Canfranc. When we arrived there i was freezing because i 'm never used to this cold. Before coming i thought that i will have my own room, but i was totally wrong we were 24 volunteers two big rooms for girls and a small room for boys, by the way they were only 4 boys. After that we were all gathered together, we had a game for getting to know each other. Then we ate dinner.
The day after everyone was talking about the first awful night because the heaters stopped working in the middle of the night and they only gave us one blanket. We ate breakfast and then we started our training.



The day after they took us out to discover the rest of Canfranc.It was very small but breath taking because of the natural view it was awesome.Also we went to Jaca it was near to Canfranc.
The bus station in Canfranc is so beautiful, it has a lot of history so we had a big tour there with a man who lives in Canfranc he was our guide, we had so much fun.



After days no one wanted to leave by the way me too, it was my best experience that i ever had.I learnt how to share, how to learn, how to communicate, also we made new friends and we invited them to Granada.








                                                                       Zaragosa

                                                 


                                                               







Hocas Pocas Magical Granada

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Holaaa,

So so, today I want to share about how I feel about this beautiful and magical breath taking city; GRANADA !!!


I can’t be luckier to be doing my EVS with such an amazing NGO surrounded by awesome people, If I came to Granada for just tourism I wouldn’t have discovered its inner charm and beauty.
Evs is a great opportunity to integrate with the local community and discover the country heritage, its habits and customs.



I got to visit amazing places which makes me feel so lucky.





Thanks to our hosting NGO I got the chance to go to such amazing places and events in Granada, like the Villages Feria, the horses Feria, Saint Miguel celebration and MAGIC SHOWS !!!


I actually got inspired by going to 3 different magic shows with our coordinator Carmen, I decided I want to make a magic show in Ciudad de Los Ninos for the children. So I have been learning to make tricks with cards, and I love it, been improving my skills day by day.  Who knows, maybe I will make an appearance in the next Hocas Pocas Magic Festival haha


We participated in a Training Course in el Padul which was a great experience as we met with a lot of youth workers and learnt more about writing projects. We also wistnessed several demonstrations in Granada about Catalonia, Refugees or Gender Equality… It was good to be there and see how things happen in this country because in my country we don’t get to see such well organized things.




Some of our on arrival training friends came to spend some days with us in Granada, so I gave them a tour and I was feeling soooo proud that I was doing my evs in such charming city. It was good to be gathered with other volunteers we met in Canfranc, and exchange about our EVS experience.

I went to some events planned by another NGO, Granada Acoge where we have Spanish lesson. One was to celebrate the NGO birthday and another for Immigrants and refugees. It was good to see so many people from different backgrounds and origins gathered in one place under the charm of Granada.

Granada Acoge 30 Anniversary

Assesoria in Espacio Joven

Assesoria in Espacio Joven


TC in El Padul

TC in El Padul

Granada Acoge 30 Anniversary


But one of the activities I love here is the one I have on Saturday in Ciudad de los Ninos helping to give food to people in need. It feels very satisfying and good. So thanks to everyone that I have met here and for being such an incredible team :)