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Thursday, June 28, 2012

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In this issue:
Ratna Omidvar: Embrace the Choices Before You
Lost in Translation: Auckland's Primary Health Interpreting Services
Giving Equality a Sporting Chance in Greenwich
Célia Okoyino da Mbabi: A Soccer Star at School!
Fremont, California (US): Community Ambassadors for Seniors
Watch Lessons from Welcoming Cities
Bilbao (Spain): Women’s Health in Women’s Hands
Toronto's Innings: CIMA Mayor's School Cricket Tournament
Good Ideas in the News

Ratna Omidvar Ratna Omidvar: Embrace the Choices Before You

Opinion @ Cities of Migration

When Maytree President Ratna Omidvar received an honorary doctorate from Toronto's York University earlier this month, she had the opportunity to address the graduating students and send them off with some words of advice.

She told students about the challenges she faced as a refugee in Canada and reminded them of the incredible privilege they have to exercise many choices in their lives. She encouraged them to not merely enjoy this luxury of choice, but to embrace the responsibility it offers them, to be active and take the small steps necessary to create a better world.

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Primary Health Interpreting Services Lost in Translation: Auckland's Primary Health Interpreting Services

Myo, an immigrant from Burma, depends on her daughter to translate her questions and make sure she understands the doctor’s instructions when she visits the clinic for her diabetes. But because Myo’s daughter is not a health professional, some of the advice may be lost in translation which means Myo’s health could be at risk.

The solution is Auckland's Primary Health Interpreting Services which provides free on-site and telephone interpretation services for non-English speaking clients and their health care providers.

>> Read about the Good Idea


photo of girls playing soccer Giving Equality a Sporting Chance in Greenwich

Half-time at Charlton Athletic Football Stadium and 26,000 fans are watching a film about diversity in the community of Greenwich, London. The film One Game, One Community is the brain-child of a group of young people from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds who participated in a film course offered by the Charlton Athletic Race and Equality Partnership.

The ground-breaking partnership between Greenwich Council and Charlton Athletic Football Club delivers a full program of courses and activities aimed at promoting social inclusion, tackling inequality and discrimination, and building community cohesion through sport, art and media.

>> Read about the Good Idea


Celia Okoyina da Mbabi Célia Okoyino da Mbabi: A Soccer Star at School!

Interview @ Cities of Migration

Soccer is in the air as the 2012 Euro Cup reaches its climax. To celebrate, Cities of Migration speaks to Célia Okoyino da Mbabi, a midfielder with the German women's national soccer team. Our star is a school ambassador with the internationally-acclaimed "All Kids are VIPs" program. 

"Kids are our future. I really enjoy their company. I perceive them as being extremly open-minded. Children have to be encouraged and supported – they are the true VIPs."

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Two smiling women share a warm embrace Fremont, California (US): Community Ambassadors for Seniors

Immigrant seniors often face challenges accessing essential social services. Recognizing the unique way in which cultural and faith communities connect with residents, the City of Fremont (California) formally partnered with local cultural and faith-based organizations to create the Community Ambassadors Program for Seniors. 

Volunteer ambassadors serve as a bridge between the formal network of social services and their respective faith and cultural communities. The program engages the full community and supports seniors in their own language, within their own cultural norms, and does so where seniors live, worship, and socialize.

>> Read about the Good Idea


Watch Lessons from Welcoming Cities

In our last webinar, presenters from the City of Sanctuary movement (UK) in Sheffield and the Barcelona Anti-Rumour Network shared tips for developing city-led public service campaigns to create welcoming communities and challenge stereotypes about immigrants and refugees.

  • Find allies to sell positive messages and stories
  • Get local authorities to back your plan and spread the campaign
  • Counter stereotypes with facts and information using all available media

>> Watch the full webinar video for Welcoming Cities: Municipal Leadership on Immigrant Integration


image of matroyshka dolls Bilbao (Spain): Women’s Health in Women’s Hands

How do you address immigrant women’s health and safety in hard to reach marginalized or minority communities? In Bilbao, women are trained as “agents of empowerment” to help each other within the comfort of their homes and without fear of discrimination or backlash.

Developed by Bilbao’s Office of Equality, Cooperation and Citizenship, the Programa Mujer, Salud y Violencia promotes sexual and reproductive health among immigrant women as well as preventing gender-based violence.

>> Read about the Good Idea


Toronto's Innings: CIMA Mayor's School Cricket Tournament

Move over, hockey. Ask Guyan Ferdinands about his favourite sport and he’ll tell you cricket is the only game in town. The 16-year-old Toronto high school student is just one of the growing number of young cricket players who participated in the Charter Institute of Management (CIMA) Mayor’s School Cricket Tournament.

The school tournament was initiated in 2011 by the City of Toronto to recognize a thriving public school cricket program, building on the success of the existing Mayor’s Tournament that has brought the mayor, city staff and corporate and community partners together every summer since 2005.

>> Read about the Good Idea We're Watching


Good Ideas in the News

Sustainable Cultural Diversity: 2012 Intercultural Innovation Award Launched. The BMW Group and the UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) are inviting organizations to apply for the Intercultural Innovation Award. Recognized will be grassroots initiatives that are promoting intercultural understanding and cooperation in new and sustainable ways. Deadline for submissions is October 10th, 2012. More

When You Don’t Exist. Amnesty International’s campaign for the human rights of migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers in Europe and at its borders has launched with its own website, video and social media stream. The accompanying report is called S.O.S. Europe: Human Rights and Migration Control (PDF). More.

Immigrant Citizens Survey. The Migration Policy Group has published a wealth of data and information about the study conducted in 15 European cities across seven countries. More 

America's Voice
offers a round-up of analysis the Supreme Court of the United States recent ruling on Arizona SB 1070′s “show me your papers” provision, a law which would allow law enforcement officers to check the immigration status of detained individuals based on “reasonable suspicion.” More 

DiverseCity Counts 5. This report from the Maytree Foundation examines the Canadian nonprofit sector and finds that the more diverse a board, the better it works. Its recommendations? Understand and communicate the benefits of leadership diversity, and align diversity efforts to the organization’s mission and mandate. More

Parochial and Cosmopolitan Britain – Examining the Social Divide in Reactions to Immigration. This new report by Robert Ford at the Institute for Social Change, University of Manchester, examines the differences between attitudes in Britain and those in other countries as well as by different sections of the UK population as found in the 2011 Transatlantic Trends: Immigration (TTI) survey. More


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In a curated video gallery, Cities of Migration showcases Good Ideas in integration from cities all around the world.

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