Peppa Pig Now In Belarusian, Forum of Entrepreneurs, Quote Your Own! - Belarus Civil Society Digest

Forum of Enterpreneurs in Minsk, tut.by

A popular cartoon Peppa Pig now in Belarusian - thanks to the crowdfunding platform Talakosht, the organisers collected money for audio dubbing.

Recently launched cultural project Quote your own! will gather the best examples of Belarusian thought. City Without Barriers contest aims to create an accessible environment for people with disabilities for their full participation in society.

All this and more in this edition of Belarus Civil Society Digest.

Civil Society Activities

Peppa Pig is successful in crowdfunding. Funds for audio dubbing in Belarusian of the first season of a cartoon Peppa Pig have been collected; the first series is available online. In less than a month, via the crowdfunding platform Talakosht, the project collected almost 43 million rubles (about $3,000). Initially, the project team planned to collect $2,600 for audio dubbing of the first season of 50 episodes. But successful crowdfunding allows organisers to hope that they will collect the money for at least one more season.

More than 1,000 people participated in the global clean up action Zrobim! On 16 May Belarus joined the global action Let's do it! (Zrobim! in Belarusian) - for one day, the participants removed about 100m3 of garbage. The action took place in 24 Belarus’ cities; the participants cleared about 40 dumps across the country, which were pre-mapped on the special web site.

Quote Your Own! project launched. On 21 May a number of CSOs and educational institutions announced a new cultural project Quote Your Own! The project aims to actualise the best samples of the Belarusian thought. Among the initiators are Flying University, EuroBelarus Consortium, Belarusian Collegium, Mova Nanova language courses, Budzma campaign. The quotes will be placed at the Budzma website. Everyone is welcome to participate and send his/her favourite quotes by Belarusian authors.

Equal Opportunities new nomination has been established by HR-Brand Award in cooperation with the DisRight Office. The award aims to encourage employers who provide adequate working conditions for people with disabilities. The Accessibility Week held in April 2015, showed that Belarusian companies have a related positive experience that should be demonstrated to other companies. For instance, in the first quarter of 2015, 2,000 marked job positions were registered on the RABOTA.TUT.BY that is by 40% more compared with the previous year.

Seminars, Conferences and Workshops

Minsk hosted the Forum of Entrepreneurs organised by the Perspectiva CSO on 18 May. The Forum brought together about 250 participants, which is significantly less than in the previous forum in February, held on the eve of the entry into force of the Decree on certificates for selling light industry goods. This time entrepreneurs asked the authorities for a 5-year moratorium on inspections.

Territorial marketing and branding international festival OPEN will take place on 4-6 June in Minsk. The OPEN Festival is a unique opportunity to attend workshop sessions of world-known brand gurus in the sphere of country marketing and branding. Participants are guaranteed to obtain new ideas and an opportunity to make their names known to the whole world. Among the organisers are SATIO Group of Companies, Professional Marketing Association of Belarus.

Online magazine Idea organized a public lecture of an analyst of Euromonitor International company, Olga Murogava. In her lecture 'Self-Amazon: How to build an innovative trade in Belarus' Olga Murogava taught about the latest trends in retail and trade and their impact on business in Belarus. The lecture was held on 22 May at the Minsk business club Imaguru.

'Minsk after Riga: Forum on the reforms, or How Belarus can adapt and develop in new regional contexts' international conference will take place on 28-29 May in Minsk. The Conference organizers are BISS and the Latvian Embassy in Belarus. The opening session provides participation of representatives of the Belarus Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Russian expert community. The online broadcasting will be organised at the BISS website.

Film School Studio by Andrei Polupanov and Superheroes School invite to a 4-day workshop under the guidance of a renowned Polish TV producer Paweł Kwaśniewski. The participants will learn how to properly shoot high quality video and make money online on their creative activity. The practical part includes shooting comedy mini-series about one of the Minsk deprived areas and young people. The organisers are collecting funds for the workshop and the mini-series via the crowdfunding platform Ulej.by.

Research

Sustainable development as a science. On 13 May the Office for European Expertise and Communications (OEEC) together with the Scientific and Technical Library conducted a scientific cafe, presenting the latest researches in the field of sustainable development, as well as in regional and local development in Belarus. The video bridge connected nearly 50 researchers and presented six thematic studies. The event took place within the Sustainable Development Week 2015.

New Eurasia Establishment calls for applications of pilot areas under the project 'Expanding economic opportunities in rural Belarus'. The project aims to involve partnerships of local authorities, CSOs and citizens' initiatives in economic development and improving the quality of life in rural areas. At least 9 rural areas will be selected and become the pilot demonstration sites for sustainable economic development. Applications are accepted until 7 June. On 29-30 May under the project, the New Eurasia holds a thematic conference.

Egalite Center invites to a public presentation of the results of a pilot educational project Egalite Media Workshop on 28 May. During the week, the first floor of the Business Club Imaguru will be put for an exhibition of socially oriented photo projects. Egalite Media Workshop is an inclusive training program on citizen journalism and social filmmaking for ordinary young people and young people with fewer opportunities (with disabilities).

Interaction Between State and Civil Society

City Without Barriers competition launched. The contest aims to create an accessible environment for people with disabilities for their full participation in society. The organiser is the Minsk municipality with organisational and methodological support of the DisRight Office. The competition is held for the first time. All Minsk new and reconstructed facilities of 2013-2015 are invited to participate.

BCD was denied a possibility to hold the registration Congress indoors. The Belarusian Christian Democracy Party (BCD) is organising its registration congress on 13 June in Minsk. This will be BCD's fifth attempt to get state registration. Thirteen BCD’s applications to various organisations in Minsk with a request to rent a conference hall were answered with refusals. Respectively, BCD plans to hold the Congress on Svaboda square in the centre of Minsk.

Belarus Digest prepared this overview on the basis of materials provided by Pact. This digest attempts to give a richer picture of the recent political and civil society events in Belarus. It often goes beyond the hot stories already available in English-language media.

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