From 9th to 19th of November 2022, the Asociación PROJUVEN had the pleasure of hosting in Spain two youth workers from Peru representing the Asociación Negra de Defensa y Promoción de los Derechos Humanos (ASONEDH). The two youth workers were invited to participate in a job shadowing activity, as part of the SU4HR project, in order to learn about the work of Asociación PROJUVEN and to exchange experiences related to the promotion of human rights.
During their stay, the two Peruvian representatives were fully involved in all local activities of their hosting association. They had the opportunity to participate in workshops and events that focused on promoting intercultural understanding, fostering dialogue, and developing strategies to tackle discrimination and inequality. They also had the opportunity to engage with local youth and learn about the challenges they face in their daily lives.
The job shadowing mobility provided a unique opportunity for the youth workers from ASONEDH to gain new skills, knowledge, and perspectives. They learned about the different approaches and strategies that Asociación PROJUVEN uses to promote human rights, including the use of online tools, social media, and community engagement activities. Moreover, they got to know more about the role that community organizations and NGOs play in advocating for minority rights and providing support to these communities.
Job shadowers also learned about several measures put in place in Spain that aim to support minority groups and promote their rights, such as:
Legislation: Spain has several laws in place to protect the rights of minority groups. For example, the Law of Citizenship and Integration recognizes the rights of immigrants, including access to education and healthcare. The Law on Equal Treatment and Non-Discrimination also prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation.
Language support: Spain recognizes several official languages, including Catalan, Basque, and Galician, in addition to Spanish. This helps to promote linguistic diversity and ensure that minority language speakers have access to education, government services, and other resources.
Social services: Spain provides social services and assistance to help marginalized groups, including immigrants and refugees. For example, the government provides language classes and job training to help immigrants integrate into society and find employment.
Community outreach: Non-governmental organizations and community groups in Spain work to support minority groups and promote their rights. These groups provide support, resources, and advocacy to help marginalized communities.
Government programs: The Spanish government also provides various programs to support minority groups, including programs to promote intercultural exchange and integration. For example, the Spanish Youth Institute offers programs to promote youth exchange and intercultural learning.
In addition, at the end of their experience, the two Peruvian youth workers were awarded the Youthpass certificate, a document that recognizes their participation in the job shadowing program and highlights the skills and competencies they have gained. The certificate is a valuable tool that they can use to showcase their experience and skills to potential employers or other organizations.
Overall, the job shadowing mobility provided a valuable opportunity for the youth workers from Peru and Spain to exchange knowledge and experiences related to human rights promotion. The experience helped to build stronger relationships between the two organizations and fostered a sense of solidarity and mutual support.