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PRESS RELEASE

Greek Forum of Migrants, invites you in a press conference, at 23rd of June in Makkah Restaurant – Anaxagora 13-15 street in the central of Athens, at 7:30 p.m. , in order to present the program “Fight hate crime now”.

In cooperation with the Norwegian Centre Against Racism, Greek Forum of Migrants implements the project “Fight hate crime now”. The normalization of aggressive and verbally abusive speech toward people deemed to be “different” such as migrants, homosexuals, and Roma, has contributed to the increasing level of violence enacted against minorities which have become a regular occurrence in many parts of Athens and in other regions of Greece. On the other hand, there is no state or non-state apparatus to address the matter, except from the network for recording incidence of racist violence. Essentially we are trying to broaden the scope of the existing network by recording of racist violence in all its manifestations. Also the role of migrants in the recording process so far has been lacking, which we want to change through their active participation in the project. The migrants themselves will be able a) to identify the victims, b) to better explain that what happens to victims of racist violence is a crime, c) be linked more systematically and actively with existing Network log.

This project is funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway under the EEA Grants Greek NGO Programme “We are all Citizens”. The Bodossaki Foundation is the Fund Operator of this Programme. The Programme aims to strengthen civil society and enhance the contribution of NGOs to social justice, democracy and sustainable development.

About the EEA Grants:
Through the EEA Grants and Norway Grants, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway contribute to reducing social and economic disparities and to strengthen bilateral relations with the beneficiary countries in Europe. The three countries cooperate closely with the EU through the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA). For the period 2009-14, the EEA Grants and Norway Grants amount to €1.79 billion. Norway contributes around 97% of the total funding. Grants are available for NGOs, research and academic institutions, and the public and private sectors in the 12 newest EU member states, Greece, Portugal and Spain. There is broad cooperation with donor state entities, and activities may be implemented until 2016. Key areas of support are environmental protection and climate change, research and scholarships, civil society, health and children, gender equality, justice and cultural heritage. Learn more: https://eeagrants.org/

About the Bodossaki Foundation:
The Bodossaki Foundation is the Fund Operator of the NGO Programme named “We are all Citizens” in Greece. The Bodossaki Foundation is one of the largest privately owned public-benefit organizations in Greece. It was established in 1973, by Prodromos Bodossakis – Athanassiades, who decided to donate his entire fortune in order to promote the provision of health care, equality of opportunity, education, scientific progress and environmental protection. The Foundation also supports the work of NGOs that treat socially vulnerable groups. The Bodossaki Foundation has a deep knowledge of the non-profit sector in Greece and has managed since its inception more than €400m that have been spent, placing a great emphasis on decreasing inequality of opportunity, contributing to the education of young people, improving medical and research infrastructure and promoting environmental protection. Learn more: https://www.bodossaki.gr/

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