The Civil Forum announces the launch of the Georgian-Ossetian peace project ‘contactZINE’ within the Confidence Building Early Response Mechanism (COBERM), supported by UNDP Georgia and the United Kingdom Foundation for Sustainable Peace.
contactZINE: a project by youth for youth aims to build trust and confidence among Georgian and South Ossetian communities, divided by the post-conflict isolation and stigmatisation fuelled by disinformation and smear campaigns.
The project participants (6 Georgian and 6 Ossetian) will collaborate in the materialisation of their dialogue through the production of a common outcome: the contactZINE – at the same time a magazine and a digital platform with journalistic and artistic contents prepared and published by the participants. The participants will actively involve their peers from the audience in the production of materials for each contactZINE edition.
The topics of the ‘contactZINE’ editions and the related social media material will be:
- Gender Equality
- Climate Change
- Sustainable Urbanization
To enable the participants to create the contactZINE, the first phase of the project will consist of workshops on media and information literacy and gender-sensitive communication. In addition, specific online trainings will allow the participants to acquire technical and digital skills (editing and copywriting, graphic design, web design, social media management) relevant for the outcome of the project.
As part of the confidence-building strategy of the grant, in addition to the establishment of the contactZINE, Georgian and Ossetian participants will participate in a joint educational visit to a third country. The participants will have the opportunity to visit relevant journalistic and media realities, as well as organizations active in the fields covered by the contactZINE editions.
After the publication of the contactZINE editions, the project participants will share the most relevant aspects that have emerged from their dialogue on the three macro areas through a final edition, containing previously published and new contents, the participants’ personal experiences and the project ‘manifesto’. The manifesto will display the main challenges that the participants have identified through a solution-oriented approach by making recommendations at societal level.
Are you interested in participating? Find out more details (in Georgian) here!
For all interested participants, an online informational meeting will be held on April 19 at 7.00 pm.
Meeting-ID: 852 0068 1271