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DAISSy participated at the second Steering Committee meeting of the european project XENIA

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On Thursday, August 27th, XENIA: HEIs Inclusiveness Index project partners met to start preparing one of the most important tasks of the project: the definition of the key elements for assessing the Inclusiveness levels of Higher Education Institutions in Europe. This work package will be Coordinated by SInAPSI-University of Naples “Federico II”.

We look forward to share the progress and milestones of the project.

Stay tuned for further details -> www.xeniaindex.eu

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XENIA Consortium takes part into the first European Pride after covid-lockdown

xenia-logoOn June 27th the first European Pride after lockdown was held in Naples. The Neapolitan Flash Mob Pride 2020 was dedicated to Sarah Hegazi, a lesbian and atheist Egyptian woman, who committed suicide in Canada where she had asked for asylum for her sexual orientation on June 14.

In Naples, in a LGBTI+ coloured Piazza Plebiscito, the rainbow flags were raised in memory of Sarah and all asylum seekers and LGBTI+ refugees and activists that have been arrested, tortured and killed by lesbian-homo-bi-transphobia. XENIA Project International Consortium joined the event symbolically raising a ‘digital’ flag on social media to remember Sarah.

XENIA Project, co-financed by the European Commission, fully joined the initiative that reflects the main objective of the work carried out by the consortium of 7 international partners from all over Europe: to be more welcoming and respectful of sexual minorities and marginalized groups, with the aim of supporting the complexity of the identity of all the people in the world and ensure the protection of their fundamental rights and opportunities.

In October 2017 Sarah and a friend of hers raised a rainbow flag at the concert of Mashrou Leila, a famous Lebanese band whose singer is openly gay. For this reason, they were both arrested. During the months in prison, Sarah suffered physical and psychological violence. Once released, Sarah continued to be offended for being lesbian and atheist.

For that she decided to leave her homeland and apply for international protection in Canada, where she continued to advocate and request the release of other LGBTI+ activists in her country. After struggling with all her might, Sarah Hegazi committed suicide in June 13, 2020 in Toronto.

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“XENIA: HΕ Inclusiveness Index” on the International Day Against Homophobia, Lesbian, Biphobia and Transphobia

xenia-logoThe International Day Against Homophobia, Lesbian, Biphobia and Transphobia (or IDAHOBIT, an acronym for International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia) is an event recognized by the European Union and the United Nations that has been celebrated since 2004, on May 17 of each year.

The objective of the day is to promote and coordinate international awareness and prevention events to combat the phenomenon of homophobia-bi-transphobia.

May 17 is a highly significant date for the LGBT+ community, because on May 17, 1990 the WHO (World Health Organization) removed homosexuality from the list of mental illnesses in the International Classification of Diseases. Thirty years after this day, the Xenia Erasmus+ project has carried out a social awareness campaign, asking individuals, associations and organizations that want to support the fight against homophobia-bi-transphobia to share a photo or video on their social channels with the hashtag #XENIAagainstHomoBiTransphobia.

It has been a great success for XENIA, reaching about 1.800 people on Facebook in a week, with more than ten countries participating. Vladimir Luxuria, the first transsexual woman to be a member of the parliament of a European state, also joined the social campaign promoted by the Xenia project. Her video has reached about 11.000 people.

XENIA is implemented by a Consortium of 7 Partners from 5 European countries: Italy, Ireland, Slovenia, Greece – DAISSy Research Group of the Hellenic Open University (HOU) – and Spain.

The project will develop an innovative and integrated tool that will support European Higher Education Institutions -HEIs- in evaluating the actual level of inclusiveness of their environment and in identifying any efforts that can be placed to best address the needs of sexual and gender marginalized groups and ensure the protection of their fundamental rights and academic opportunities.

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“XENIA: HΕ Inclusiveness Index” at the EACEA Project Coordinators’ Meeting

The XENIA consortium represented by Sinapsi of University of Naples “Federico II” attended the EACEA Project Coordinators’ Meeting on 12th and 13th February 2020.

The 2-day meeting gave coordinators the opportunity to share and identify the challenges and possible solutions that could support the project implementation. In particular it was a fruitful chance to disseminate the objectives and the goals of Xenia project, enlarge the network with other colleagues from Europe and boosting the visibility of the project within Key Action 3: Support for policy reform.

 

XENIA is implemented by a Consortium of 7 Partners from 5 European countries (Italy, Ireland, Slovenia, Greece and Spain). The project will develop an innovative and integrated tool that will support European Higher Education Institutions -HEIs- in evaluating the actual level of inclusiveness of their environment and in identifying any efforts that can be placed to best address the needs of sexual and gender marginalized groups and ensure the protection of their fundamental rights and academic opportunities.

DAISSy Research Group of the Hellenic Open University will participate in all project WPs by conducting the research, developing the INDEX, piloting XENIA activities in Greece and contributing to the project dissemination and exploitation activities.

For more information regarding XENIA project and/or more news of the DAISSy Research Group:

Facebook: @DAISSyResearchGroup, @XENIA Erasmus+ Project #XENIA #socialinclusion  #genderequality

Website   : http://daissy.eap.gr

Email         : info@daissy.eap.gr

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“XENIA: HΕ Inclusiveness Index” Kickoff Meeting

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DAISSy Research Group of the Hellenic Open University participated in the Kick off Meeting of the three-year project “XENIA: HΕ Inclusiveness Index”. XENIA is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union under Key Action 3, and its official launch took place in Naples (Italy) on January 16th and 17th.

XENIA is implemented by a Consortium of 7 Partners from 5 European countries (Italy, Ireland, Slovenia, Greece and Spain). The project will develop an innovative and integrated tool that will support European Higher Education Institutions -HEIs- in evaluating the actual level of inclusiveness of their environment and in identifying any efforts that can be placed to best address the needs of sexual and gender marginalized groups and ensure the protection of their fundamental rights and academic opportunities.

At the meeting, the Partners cooperated in the planning of activities for Work Package 1 in order to define a common methodology and identify the thematic areas and indicators for the Index, which is the tool to enhance HEIs’ inclusiveness and to equip them with Tools, Case studies/Policies and Best Practices to combat gender and sexual orientation stigma and exclusion. Then, Partners outlined the details of Evaluation and Quality Assurance activities.

The Kickoff Meeting also presented a great opportunity for Partners to agree upon the web domain, the project logo and web design in order to foster XENIA’s visibility and exploitation and to launch dissemination activities, with both online and offline means to reach almost 3 million of people, the total amount expected over the three years of the project.

DAISSy Research Group of the Hellenic Open University will participate in all project WPs by conducting the research, developing the INDEX, piloting XENIA activities in Greece and contributing to the project dissemination and exploitation activities.

For more information regarding XENIA project and/or more news of the DAISSy Research Group:

Facebook: @DAISSyResearchGroup, @XENIA Erasmus+ Project

Website   : http://daissy.eap.gr

Email         : info@daissy.eap.gr