The winner of LabCitoyen 2017 back from Paris
For its 6th edition, LabCitoyen looked at “Human Rights in the City”/“Droits humains dans la ville”, in recognition to the leading role of the City as an actor and space for human rights, their enjoyment and guarantee (as a service providers and public policy makers in education, health or accommodation). The winner of LabCitoyen 2017 tells us about her experience in Paris.
Designed by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development and the Institut Français, in collaboration with La Maison des Cultures du Monde, LabCitoyen is an international youth forum that aims at promoting the French language as a tool for debate and action on the major issues of our time. As a majority of the world’s population now lives in urban areas, the continued access to health infrastructures, housing, healthy and open environments, or inclusive society … are growing challenges that the City must tackle.
Testimonies of Rasanjana Samarasinghe, winner of the LabCitoyen 2017 in Sri Lanka:
“There were about fifty representatives from about forty countries in the program of LabCitoyen 2017.
As the winner of LabCitoyen 2017, I had a unique and unforgettable experience. I am very pleased to have been able to meet these young activists belonging to different cultures and exchange ideas with them. In spite of cultural differences, during the last few days we became a small family with young people whose ideas, nationalities, religions and cultures were different but united by the same language: French.
Moreover, it was a great opportunity for me to get to know Francophones all over the world who want to help create a world without inequalities and where human rights are well preserved.
I would love to meet these people again to discuss more about human rights in the city, in this wonderful city, Paris and relive this experience I had!”
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