Sharing experience – Isabel Villarreal

Young people from different European countries met in Brussels to complete a course on human and minority rights.

  • Can you give us your opinion about the project “Everybody is born with RIGHTS”?

This was my first project, so I was a bit nervous at first, but I was very well received by both my colleagues and the organizers, who made sure that the experience was unforgettable. 

We carried out different workshops and activities that allowed us to get to know and deepen our knowledge oh human and minority rights, as well as their application today and possible future proposals in the EU. In addition, in spite of being a very difficult subject, the workshops were carried out in such a way that we were all able to understand and deepen the contents. 

Finally, this project not only allowed me to get to know the subject matter, but also allowed me to meet many people from other countries and make great friends. 

  • Why is promoting minority human rights so necessary and why we must fight for equality?

Thanks to the “Everyone is born with rights” project, I have understood that promoting human and minority rights is extremely important because, although today it’s thought that everyone enjoys the same rights, this isn’t the case in many parts of the world, including countries close to us or, unfortunately, our own countries. 

Not everyone is born with the same opportunities, so we must ensure that human rights are fulfilled and that all people can live with dignity. 

  • Which of the Articles of the UDHR you found more interesting? Why?

In this course, I have learned about the UDHR and many of its articles have been very interesting. However, if I have to choose one of them, I will stick to Article 14, which deals with the prohibition of discrimination, as I think it’s one of the most important and yet least respected articles. I think that everyone should know about it and deal with it, so that it isn’t infringed. 

  • What is the most important thing you have learned during the training? How do you plan to share and use your knowledge?

In the course, we have learned a lot about minority rights and human rights in general, which I’m sure will help us in our training from now on, as we have also learned to conduct workshops and group activities and to express and trust each other as a team. 

Another thing I have learned is to express myself in another language and to meet people from other countries, while at the same time training myself in the subject in question, which has been quite enriching.

All of this will help me in the future to continue my training, as my studies are related, and to help people around me understand the rights of minorities. 

As a conclusion, I would recommend this kind of activities, especially when dealing with such interesting topics, to any young person interested in learning, training, travelling and meeting people, and, in general, to any person who likes to carry out projects that will contribute a lot to their training and their way of understanding the world.

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