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Diversity Speaks

The ICDO blog.

Azerbaijan Cultural Centre performance and art installation, September 2

By Diversity Speaks
On the second day of “The Long Nights of Interculturality 2019”, guests were able to enjoy art, dance, and a food tasting session at an evening dedicated to the Azerbaijani culture held at the Azerbaijan Cultural Center in Vienna, which was inaugurated by Ms. Leyla Gasimova, the head of the Azerbaijan Cultural Center and Ms. Josipa Palac, President of ICDO, who both emphasized the value of contributing to projects like the Long Nights. The Azerbaijan State Dance Ensemble flew in from Baku to perform national Azerbaijani dances, such as Qarabagh,...
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Opening Ceremony, September 1

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Have you ever seen a dancer execute an elegant turn while balancing a candelabra on her head? Or keep a ceramic plate safe in the palm of his hand while he spins it at a speed of a tornado? Have you ever seen a rainbow move to the sound of trumpets? You haven't? Well, too bad! Had you come to the Opening Ceremony of ICDO's The Long Nights of Interculturality, you would have seen all this – and more! Performers from more than 30 countries came to show off their...
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ICDO, #SKINCLUSION and the revolutionary path we’re on

By #SKINCLUSION, Diversity Speaks
By Elena Ruzic Diversity is an intersectional issue, covering multiple areas of society. To champion and safeguard diversity is to amplify the voices of marginalized groups - people excluded because of their differences from what is considered “normal” (ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual and romantic orientation, economic status, etc.). ICDO’s mission is to foster change in the current social landscape, so that we can move towards a diverse and inclusive society. We are part of the #SKINCLUSION campaign because it is a forerunner of that change. By showing via research that...
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Acknowledging Cultural Diversity – Tips for Travel

By Diversity Speaks
By ICDO Member – Lizaveta Vozjakova, From Russia with Love. Have you ever thought about how many ways different people can understand the same story? Cultural diversity influences our perception, imagination and interpretation. As a Russian individual, who encountered many different traditions and beliefs during my travels, I’ve learnt to ask and listen first, rather than assume something. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, in her Ted Talk, brings attention to the dangers of hearing a single side of the story. Her speech points out the stereotypes placed on the African people around...
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Marriage: Outcome of love or force?

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Image by UNICEF By ICDO Member – Lizaveta Vozjakova, From Russia with Love. Is marriage an outcome of love or force? Have you ever thought about how many underage girls are forced into marriages? It’s fine if you didn’t since in some countries it is less practised or completely unheard of. Others don’t JUST think about child marriages, they LIVE out these atrocities on a daily basis. In today’s world with the constant fight for gender equality, elimination of misrepresentation, and human rights, there are a lot of silenced issues....
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Feminism – What hides behind it?

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By ICDO Member – Lizaveta Vozjakova, From Russia with Love.   My best friend once started a very interesting discussion about feminism. Since both of us were raised in Russia, we were never introduced to the deep meaning behind feminism. This changed for me when I was first introduced to the speech of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie ‘We should all be feminists.’ During the presentation she raises very important topics about gender, masculinity, femininity, representation, and standards. Her definition of feminism is very appealing to me, however, I think there was…

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Valentines Day: Around the Globe

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Photo Credit: China News   Valentines Day: Around the Globe By ICDO Member – Lizaveta Vozjakova, From Russia with Love. Already feel fed up with this combination of words? I feel you! It is interesting to note how, even among the same culture, there is a division between celebrators and haters of the ‘Day of Love.’ I guess the secret behind the negative reaction from some fellow Russians is that according to “Vzglyad” – the Russian newspaper – Saint Valentine identified as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, so it…

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#10YearChallenge

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By ICDO Member – Lizaveta Vozjakova, From Russia with Love. Did you know that only 8 countries in Europe have legislation making sex without consent – rape?  Approximately 9 million women in EU have been raped after the age of 15. Not so long ago it was perfectly legal to discriminate against women in the workforce, place job listings only for men, and pay women less. There were no women doctors or lawyers, and in some countries, women had no right to vote or decide their own maternal healthcare. With...
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Welcome to Diversity Speaks

By Diversity Speaks
By ICDO Member – Lizaveta Vozjakova, From Russia with Love. Have you ever found yourself googling information about other cultures? If yes, then you are in the right place. Our goal at ICDO is to promote intercultural dialogue by focusing on different cultural aspects and values. Diversity Speaks is a platform where every week the members of the ICDO team will present new discussion topics covering everything from customs and traditions, communities, various social barriers that are influencing society, and much more. Just like our readers, our team members are...
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