Through a representative, "ANTHROPOMANIA" participated in the annual meeting of the partners of the European Commission Humanitarian Aid Office - ECHO, which took place in Brussels on the 8th and 9th of December 2005. This year's focus was on the examination of best practices from the field of humanitarian aid.
Location: The conference took place in Lahore, Pakistan
Participants: Representatives of the European Commission Delegation to Pakistan, people activated in the field of protection of human rights, representatives of local government and the government of Pakistan, national and international NGOs, the 43 NGOs participating in the activities of the project "NGO net for Women and Children Rights in Pakistan".
Within the farmework of implementation of project "NGO net for Women and Children Rights in Pakistan", "ANTHROPOMANIA" organized successfully the first conference specialised on the issue, in Lahore, Pakistan. The aim of the conference was to facilitate networking between the NGOs, give them the opportunity to voice their problems and difficulties, provide them with possible solutions and also give them the opportunity to become informed about local, national, European and international sources of funding.
The conference was further supported through the organizing of a simultaneous NGO fair, with the stands of the 43 participating NGOs, through which they had the opportunity to distribute their promotional materials and inform the public about their activities. A dancing event was organized with the participation of women-dancers from Pakistan and Hellas. Also, awards were presented to people from the field of politics, activism and journalism, who have all excelled in their efforts for the support of human rights, but also children who participated in the national painting competition on the "Rights of the child".
The aim of the exhibition was the sensitization of the public with respect to the role played by Hellenic NGOs in Civil Society. It was the first time that a large number of NGOs, activated both in Hellas and abroad in the field of humanitarian and development interventions, participated jointly in an initiative, which portrayed in a unique way the work they undertake all over the world. The exhibition itself focused on the presentation of snapshots from the humanitarian and development oriented initiatives implemented dynamically by the Hellenic NGOs, in an effort to promote their work but also activate the participation of the citizens, the business world, Local Self-Government and the world of politics.
The exhibition was organized by the Hellenic Centre for the Promotion of Volunteerism "anthropos.gr" and the Municipality of Amarousio Cultural Centre.
The Global Call for Action Against Poverty (GCAP)is the biggest ever campaign implemented in order to combat poverty and so far, using the characteristic white band, it has managed to activate and motivate thousands of organisations and millions of people all over the world, who all demand radical changes in international relations, but also immediate and effective measures to end poverty and create a world that is more just and humane.
In order to achive this ambitious goal, GCAP focuses its attention on three focal points related to the sustainable development of developing countries:
Adopting of just international transactions
Increasing of the quantity and quality of developmental assistance
Immediate debt relief for the developing countries, without any other economic or political exchanges
The Hellenic Forum aims at contributing jointly with the other national networks to the efforts for the creation of a more just and humane world, which is free of poverty and dependence.
Within the framework of the Conference of the Youth of New Democracy, 10 NGOs from all over Hellas participated with information kiosks and had the opportunity to inform the participating youth about their programs and activities, and also distribute promotional and visibility material. The Conference also included various panels and speeches by politicians, journalists and academics.