EUROPEAN SoC NETWORK LAUNCHED

SITES OF CONSCIENCE EUROPE

The European members of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience have joined together to create a European entity formally titled the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience – Europe.   

sites of conscience europe

 Barcelona, Spain – October  2016

European nations have unique struggles with pressing contemporary issues such as migration, xenophobia, past and present violent conflicts. In order to find common ground in promoting tolerance today, the European members of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience have united to form a European entity formally titled the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience – Europe.

The group was created on November 25, 2015 in Antwerp, Belgium, and recognized on February 17, 2016, with an announcement published in The Belgian Monitor. The group officially launched at the European Sites of Conscience Regional Workshop held in Barcelona from October 18-21, 2016 and hosted by member Memorial Democràtic. A domain name has also been established: www.sitesofconscience-europe.org.

The organization intends to connect and work with historic museums, memorials, and other places of remembrance within Europe that link the past to the present, with the goal of promoting a fairer, more humane world. By using the lessons of history, the group aims to help Sites create programs in their communities that foster empathy, civic engagement, and a deeper understanding of the consequences of injustice – all traits that are integral to building peaceful, tolerant societies. It will also facilitate the sharing of methodologies and best practices throughout Europe. The european network has 32 different sites among Europe. The Gernika Peace Museum Foundation is one of them and takes active part as member of the new steering committee for Europe.

“A formal legal identity means we can carve out more collective projects across Europe using our past to create a better future,” says Cate Turner of Healing Through Remembering, a Northern Ireland member that works across political, social, and religious divides to promote peace surrounding the history of conflict in the country.

Founded in 1999, The International Coalition of Sites of Conscience which motto is From Memory to Action, is the only worldwide network dedicated to transforming places that preserve the past into dynamic spaces that promote civic action. With 200 member Sites in 55 countries, the Coalition is building the global movement to connect past to present, memory to action.

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Contact: Sophia Milosevic-Bijleveld

Global Networks Program Director

International Coalition of Sites of Conscience

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