Call for Applications for Youth Activist Forum in Warsaw, Poland

Deadline:  20 August 2019, 18.00 CET
Open to: youth activists, residing in any of the 57 OSCE participating States 
Venue: 23-25 September 2019 in Warsaw, Poland


As manifestations of anti-Semitism, racism, xenophobia, intolerance and discrimination continue across the OSCE region, the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) continuously receives information on hate crimes and incidents motivated by racism and xenophobia and other bias motivations which target groups that include but are not limited to people of African descent, LGBTI, Muslim, Jewish, and Roma and Sinti individuals. Data collected by ODIHR also demonstrates that gender plays a role in how victims are selected and/or impacted, and that some people might be at greater risk of violence because of bias towards multiple and intersecting aspects of their identity, such as their race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or disability. Youth must be part of the conversation regarding how to best address these concerning manifestations of intolerance.

In line with the OSCE commitments and following related past activities, ODIHR will organize a forum for youth activists addressing racism, xenophobia and discrimination from 23 to 25 September 2019 in Warsaw. The training on 23–24 September will be a closed event, and on 24–25 September, the participants will take part in working sessions of the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) focusing on addressing intolerance, discrimination based on religion or belief, racism, xenophobia, and hate crimes. 

Part of the Turning Words into Action (WIA) project, the training will bring together a group of approximately 20–25 youth activists from across the OSCE region who are actively engaged in addressing anti-Semitism, racism, xenophobia, intolerance and discrimination. Participants will receive training on how to efficiently and effectively advocate in contemporary international fora and an opportunity to put their skills into practice during the HDIM.


  • Minimum three years of experience and proven track record of involvement and engagement within their social community (i.e. involvement in the civil society sector, including human rights and women’s organizations, students’ unions, local and national political parties, online democracy and human rights associations, social media and public advocacy, political parties, religious communities, university, cultural and art institutions);
  • A proven track record of engagement within the community, demonstrating potential in addressing human rights, tolerance and non-discrimination issues, including countering anti-Semitism, racism, xenophobia, intolerance against Roma, Muslims, Christians and other religions or beliefs, and other groups; 
  • Be between the ages of 18-29 and residing in an OSCE participating State; 
  • Fluency in English (the official language of the conference will be English).


Accommodation and travel costs for the event will be covered by ODIHR in accordance with OSCE travel rules.


The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE ODIHR) has the pleasure to invite up to 25 youth activists, residing in any of the 57 OSCE participating States to the Youth Activist Forum: Engaging the OSCE to Address Racism and Xenophobia, to be held from 23 to 25 September 2019 in Warsaw, Poland. Participants will be selected by ODIHR based on the selection criteria listed below and notified by early September. 

Deadline of application: 20 August 2019, 18.00 Central European Time

In order to apply, register HERE.

The official web-page.