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Over 20 Korean civil society organisations (CSOs) have expressed an interest in a study visit to Europe to meet their peer organisations. The visit will offer the opportunity to discuss and share knowledge about human rights of women, migrants, LGBTI, and more broadly ways to work against discrimination. Discussions will also cover the situation of CSOs in Europe and in the Republic of Korea. The EU will announce the selected Korean “CSO Ambassadors” at the end of April.
In a training workshop earlier this month, Dr. Joëlle Hivonnet, Deputy Head of the Delegation of the European Union (EU) to the Republic of Korea, described the EU approach as follows: “we listen to our citizens’ concerns to develop more effective policies and facilitate implementation”.
Human rights issues are global. International cooperation and solidarity are increasingly important in today’s world of dissolving on-line borders and growing international movements. One CSO representative at the workshop said, “It would be very helpful to learn from EU civil society’s experiences and share best practices. We will definitely apply for the study visit.”
Upon their return, the "CSO Ambassadors" will share their experience with other Korean NGOs and help the EU customise a “civil society library”. This will contribute to building new networks and future cooperation.