Katharina: We started out tour in Cologne and Berlin and ended with two stops in Poland, in Krzyżowa and Wrocław. What made the tour so special, were the people that came to our European dome. For example in Berlin participants from US, Afghanistan, Chile, Syria and Ukraine were discussing and exchanging ideas. It was great to gather so many different perspectives.
Anna: What we noticed was, that we had a lot of Ukrainian participants, but unfortunately not that many people from Germany. Nonetheless, the discussions under the European Dome were really insightful and people shared a lot. One of the main topics was about strengthening civic engagement. We found out that sometimes people are desperate and have the feeling that nothing will ever change. However, always the outcome of the discussion was that there are so many different forms of engagement.
Katharina: A topic that was also mentioned in Cologne was gender equality in times of war. There was an Ukrainian women, who told us about how the war especially affects women. Mostly, they have to manage everything on their own, since the men often fight in war. That was really moving.
Olha: For me one of the most interesting talks we had, was in Krzyżow. Usually we are targeting mainly adults. In Krzyżow our participants were quite young. It was a totally different experience. We expected them to be shy and not willing to speak up. But when they started to talk, they shared pretty interesting ideas and most of them were well aware of the current problems and tried to find solutions on their level. That was amazing to listen to.