Three years ago, following several terror attacks in Brussels, our society was at risk of fragmentation, if not already fragmented. The European Jewish Community Centre initiated educational activities to bring together people of all creeds to create a better understanding of each other's religion, culture, tradition and life challenges.
HOW IT ALL STARTED
HOW DID WE START TO BUILD BRIDGES
In 2017, Dialogue & Diversity was born: a Jewish initiative of intercultural dialogue bringing together Jews, Muslims, Christians, Buddhists and non-confessionals around one same project: to promote the understanding and acceptance of our differences – of sex, religion or culture in order to reduce stereotypes and consolidate and more inclusive society. To this end, D&D facilitates the knowledge of others, while highlighting our operating mechanisms in the face of difference; then raise awareness of the importance of respect and exchanges between the religious and cultural communities and to celebrate our diversity.
Through specific designed workshops organised by facilitators and diversity experts, advocacy, dissemination and leadership, D&D aims at building bridges between people and communities.
WHAT IS D&D
Our programme consists of two different and very complementary phases in order to 1, build bridges between the various religious communities and cultural social groups through workshops, conferences and debates and 2, facilitate the creation of cooperation between civil society organizations and governmental institutions in the field of intercultural dialogue, through advocacy and dissemination.
We strongly believe that dialogue initiatives must be intergenerational and interdisciplinary in order to reach and include as many people as possible. Thus, our actions are different and diverse, including sport, education, art, religion, economics and culture. Dialogue & Diversity empowers women, youth, entrepreneurs, religious leaders and national and European political decision-makers.