The Project

Europe on Track is a youth-led project where a handful of ambassadors in teams travel across Europe for one whole month, by train, capturing young people’s vision about their future perspectives.

The ambassadors of Europe on Track stay in each city for around 2-3 days to deliver workshops at universities and high school, meet local people and interview them, and to find out their concerns and ideas regarding the topic discussed. Each team has a different route, which includes cities where you can find AEGEE local groups, for example, Budapest, Athens, Istanbul, Moskva or Prague. There are 3 people in each team and each of them has a specific role during the trip. They share their experiences through articles, photo albums, videos and daily updates on social media channels. The ambassadors are selected after the open call that is shared on our communication channels in November.

WHAT ARE WE AIMING FOR?

  • To gather the opinions of young people about the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic on their personal lives and on their social environments.
  • To educate young people on how to analyse and interpret the political landscape around them on the local, national and European level.
  • To empower young Europeans to become change-makers in their own communities by proving them with tools and references.
  • To advocate towards decision-makers about the importance of including young people in policy creation processes in their communities.

The journey can be followed on social media via blogs, videos and photos. At the end of the trip, a documentary and quantitative and qualitative data analysis will be created as a recap.

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GENDER EQUALITY & ISTANBUL CONVENTION

The COVID pandemic has been a major challenge for all of us. As the situation is starting to look close to normal and we’re getting slowly used to the new reality, we are learning how to cope with it. However, the solution of the outcomes of the pandemics are not yet solved.

The COVID-19 crisis has exacerbated gender inequality. The shadow of the pandemic has been seen in the growth of cases of domestic violence; the loss of employment, especially for women; the insecurity in tomorrow; the hard work that female nurses have faced during the crisis. As stated by the United Nations Foundation,

 

while early reports suggest that men are more likely to succumb to COVID-19, the social and economic toll will be paid, disproportionately, by the world’s girls and women.

 

In Europe on Track, we believe that it’s in our best interest to fight these discriminations for the better future. And the action should start from the youth. We would like to encourage young people all over the world to raise awareness about this problem, share their experience and fight, even the smallest manifestation of the gender based inequality and violence in our communities.

The goal of this year’s edition is, first of all, to educate the European youth on gender-based discrimination, inclusive and safe spaces, consent and sexual harassment through non-formal education methodologies from an intersectional perspective. Moreover, we’d like to collect opinions on how gender affects the daily life, safety and life opportunities of young people, and how young people of all genders can be actors of change and strive for gender equality. Finally, our aim is to promote the recommendations of the Istanbul Convention as well as its ratification and correct implementation at the national level.