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Promoting human rights through fairy tales

  • The EEA Grants featured recently in the Malta Independent Online - a daily newspaper published in Malta. The article (reproduced below) tells the story of an EEA Grants supported project promoting human rights through cartoons.

    Two cartoons which reinterpret popular fairy tales to provide a more inclusive message were launched by President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca at the Verdala Palace last week.

    The Maltese-language cartoons, which reinterpret Sleeping Beauty and The Emperor's New Clothes, were produced through a collaboration between NGO Write Deal and the National Council for the Maltese Language.

    The cartoons will be distributed to every Maltese school, uploaded on the internet and shown before the start of films in cinema, and should also be provided to TV stations at a later date, project coordinator Ruth Frendo announced.

    The aim of the project was to reinterpret stories whose message may be discriminatory or against human rights. The retelling of The Emperor's New Clothes emphasises that no one should be judged on the basis of their national or ethnic origin, while the reinterpretation of Sleeping Beauty seeks to emphasise gender equality, promoting the message that one's gender should not be an obstacle to achieving one's goals.

    President Coleiro Preca welcomed the message told by the two cartoons, stating that it was important to strengthen such messages within Maltese society, particularly among children. Fostering the values being promoted, she said, would help strengthen Maltese society and democracy.

    The President also emphasised the importance of the Maltese language, as did the council's president Ray Fabri, who urged parents to use Maltese as much as possible when they are speaking with their children.

    The cartoons were made possible with the assistance of SOS Malta, and through the Maltese EEA Grants NGO programme.

    Article reproduced courtesy of the Malta Independent Online (copyright)

    Read more about the Maltese NGO programme

  • Country:

    Malta


    Project title:

    And they lived Happily Ever After

    Project number:

    MT03-0004

    Priority sector:

    Civil Society

    Grant:

    € 25376

    Status:

    Completed

    Project promoter:

    Write Deal Association

    Type of Institution:

    Professional association

    Project duration:

    19 months

    Project cost:

    € 28,195

    Grant from:

    EEA Grants

    Cartoons and traditional fairytales are subconciously instilling in children a sense of racism, homophobia and xenophobia, whilst promoting gender inequality, social inequality, poverty and exclusion. The project is a re-launch of three popular and traditional fairytales which are discriminatory and against human rights. The highly-executed cartoons will be recounting these fairytales by promoting social and human rights, addressing gender and social inequality, tackling poverty and exclusion. Stereotyped perceptions will be changed with children at an early age. Expected Outcomes include: Democratic Values, including human rights, promoted, Empowerment of vulnerable groups and Advocacy and human watchdog role developed. The project’s relevant objective is to promote issues such as: hatespeech; Human rights and democratization; Racism and xenophobia; Homophobia; Gender equality; Migration with major focus on minors and integration; Elderly care; Domestic violence.