Terra Franca


“Terra Franca” è il nuovo percorso intrapreso da H.R.Y.O. nell’ambito della lotta contro le mafie e del fenomeno mafioso.

“Terra Franca” trova la sua collocazione in Via Trabucco, all’interno del quartiere Cruillas, in un terreno confiscato alla Mafia dal Comune di Palermo e affidato alla Human Rights Youth Organization nel Gennaio 2019 per la realizzazione di attività volte all’inclusione socio-economica di soggetti svantaggiati.

Il progetto “Terra Franca” mira a creare un centro polifunzionale volto all’inclusione socio economica di una specifica categoria di target group presenti nell’area circostante al bene in questione ossia il quartiere Cruillas di Palermo. Il target group di riferimento consiste in:

  • Donne e giovani con minori opportunità
  • Ex minori stranieri non accompagnati fuoriusciti dalle strutture alloggio senza una destinazione specifica.
  • Anziani locali;
  • Studenti e giovani provenienti da diversi paesi europei ed extraeuropei.

Il progetto comprende inoltre la messa in rete di una serie di servizi volti alla creazione di un indotto turistico basato sul metodo del turismo critico alternativo, oltre che alle mobilità internazionali dei giovani promosse all’interno di vari programmi europei quale ad esempio l’Erasmus Plus, che cercherà di portare un valore aggiunto all’intera area di pertinenza presso la quale si stanzia il bene stesso.

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[:en]KA1 Youth Exchage “Growing through diversity” Call for partners[:]


We are looking for 6 partners from 6 different countries, who want to take part in a youth exchange that will take place in San Marco d’Alunzio, a small village close to Messina, around the middle of June 2018 (approximately from the 11 to the 17th of June).

Participants: 4 participants per country (24 participants + 1 Group leader per country). The participants must be young people between 18 and 25 years old, including also young people /migrants with fewer opportunities with a medium level of English, if possible.

About San Marco d’Alunzio: The project is to carry out a youth exchange in a little town in the province of Messina, San Marco D’Alunzio, a town full of history, art and culture; There is an ancient village overlooking the sea and the Aeolian Islands. It developed in the fourth century B.C. under the Greek Domination, known since is fundation as the city of Alontion. There are twenty-two churches in the historical centre and other sites of cultural interest.  http://www.visitsicily.info/san-marco-dalunzio/

About the project: Our goal is to create a synergy between the participants and the young and old inhabitant of the town, creating a mix of cultures to understand the different ways of life. In particular, the activities will connect the ancient works to the new generations. They will get to know the old techniques and how they have evolved in relation to the historical changes and to new guidelines of the European Union. During this project, the participant will acquire different competences. Through workshops, non-formal activities and local meetings connected to the ancient works, participants will be given the chance to develop a common knowledge of aspects related to social topics such as cultural dialog, diversity acknowledgment, integration, interreligious dialog, gender equality and social awareness. As a result of the project, the participants will recreate a connection between past and present, understanding the changes, the difficulties and the improvements that still need to be supported.

For any further information about the project please contact us under the following e-mail adress: margherita.vaglio@hryo.eu




We are looking for E.V.S. accreditated organization to apply for LARGE-SCALE EUROPEAN VOLUNTARY SERVICE EVENTS

Project Period:
•    from May 2018  to January 2019
•    Preparation: From 01/05/2018 to 20/08/2018
•    Implementation: From the end of August untill the end of September
•    Follow up: 30/09/2018 – 31/01/2019

Number of EVS involved: 30 participants
Number of countries involved: 5 + Italy (6 participants per country)

H.R.Y.O. Human Rights Youth Organization is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation founded in Palermo in 2009 with the aim to strengthen the Human Rights at a local and global level.
The organisation is engaged in implementing educational youth projects at local and international level since its foundation. At local level we organize seminars, workshops, and other educative courses for promoting human rights and other democratic, European values. H.R.Y.O. is also promoter of the palermitan Culture Festival “Meet Me Halfway”; the Festival values are grounded on the idea that if all cultures could meet in a common space free from prejudice and racism, looking at Palermo from a different point of view, there will be the chance to create a connection between differ cultures and establish a constructive dialogue for the entire society. Another focus of the festival is especially to look forward to improve local development through intervetions in the places where the event is organized, a way to break down the mental barriers that restrict people to move on their own territory.
This specific project aims to connect EVS participants by involving them into the organization of  the culture festival Meet Me Halfway in Palermo, always planned for the days close to the 21. September, the  international day of peace.
The implementation period will start from the end of August and will go untill the end of September 2018 ( the festival will be probably planned from the 21st to the 23rd  of September). During this period the EVS participants will be working on different preparatory activities. During a first phase (1st week) there will be workshops and intercultural debates, which topics will be multicultural and social dialog, tolerance, introduction to the palermitan situation – difficulties and merits – laboratories with experts. The participants will be involved in non-formal activities enhancing teambuilding and the establishment of shared expectations about how to carry on the project activities. The secon step will be to start working on activities focused on promoting Erasmus+ and especially the EVS Programme. The activities planned will focus on promoting the programme at a local, national and international level. The instruments that the participants will use to obtain these results will be to create videos that will capture on film how it is to be living this foreign experience, especially in a  city that represents the past and present blooming of art and culture, religion tolerance, in both a classical and a multicultural way.  During this phase the EVS will also organize their contribution to the festival under the monitoring of H.R.Y.O. Organization, which will coordinate every step of the project.
During the Festival the EVS participants will actively participate to the organisation of activities aiming to:
⁃    promote the EVS programme through role games that will involve external participants
⁃    promote the organizations involved in the project and the National Agecies (stands of the countries involved)
⁃    raise awareness about migrations problems, difficulties related to people with disadvantaged backgrounds
⁃    enhance intercultural understanding
⁃    empowerment of young people through the promotion of active citizenship


If you have interest to take part in it please send your partner identification form to margherita.vaglio@hryo.eu[:]

Homosexuality and Human Rights

The LGBT+ movement is one of the most powerful activist movements of the modern world. Its purposes are clear: Lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transsexuals and other sexual minorities( LGBT+) should be accepted by society and state, saved from prosecution and discrimination and be given the same rights when it comes to the family and partnership as straight couples.

The discussion between members and supporters of the LGBT+ movement and its opposition haven’t changed much over the course of the past years. Freedom against tradition is what we are usually talking about. One side says that we cannot chose who we are, but we can make the best out of it, while the other side choses to say that homosexuality is indeed something unnatural that we decide to be and shouldn’t, since it contradicts all the rules that we have been dictated for thousands of years which don’t allow us to leave the traditional image of sexuality and of sexual identity of a human being.

It is hard to find a compromise in all of this, especially since the opinions about LGBT+ rights generally vary between the extremes.

In Europe, the LGBT+ movement has a long tradition: already in the 19th century, psychiatrists and doctors started doing research on homosexuality and applied the, until then, condemned sexual practice to a social personage and scientifically classified it. In the mid- 19th century, the term “homosexual” was invented (first in German: “Homosexuell”) and coined in reference to the German lawyer, Karl Heinrich Ulrichs, who is often considered to be the first gay-rights-activist. By the end of the 19th century, many European countries had decriminalised homosexual acts.

Unfortunately, over the course of the 20th century, countries that were under dictatorship, such as Soviet Russia, Nazi Germany or Franco’s Spain punished homosexuality harshly, during WWII, the only safe Island for many sexual minorities in Europe was Switzerland, where they could, unaffected by the war, continue to live without fearing prosecution.

After 1945, new activist groups formed in the democratic European countries and the sexual liberation of the 60s and 70s made the LGBT+ movement bloom. This was also the time when the rainbow flag was invented and homosexual activism, which bloomed parallel to feminism, started to include lesbians as well as gays.

In the 80s and 90s, activist groups formed in the rest of Europe, finding their peek after the end of communism and dictatorships in Eastern Europe. Today, all European countries have Pride Parades and very active groups who promote the equality LGBT+. The level of acceptance, both by law and by society, varies immensely. There are countries, when LGBT+ members can marry and adopt children without great problems, and there are countries where LGBT+ members have to keep their identities secret.

But what has all of this to do with human rights?

Even though the Universal Declaration on Human Rights is very clear about the protection of LGBT+ members worldwide, practice of homosexuality is under death penalty in 7 countries, criminalised in 50 and in 50 more only for men. Discrimination of LGBT+ can include human rights abuses such as: the violation of the rights of the child, infliction of torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, arbitrary detention on grounds of identity or beliefs, restriction of freedom of association and denial of basic rights of due process. Even in states where being LGBT+ are not prosecuted and anti-discrimination laws are enforced, its members often have to face challenges, they are very often denied employment, housing or health services, lose custody of their children, get denied asylum and very often become victims of verbal and physical abuse and get threatened. In many countries, non- heterosexual couples have no right to find a family on a legal base. This is contradicting Article 16 of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, which defines the right to marriage as a fundamental right for both men and women.

To establish some international principles on how to treat homosexuals and transsexuals, the Yogyakarta Principles on the Application of International Human Rights Law in Relation to Sexual Orientation And Gender Identity were established in November 2006, enforcing the application of human rights in connection with the gender and define sexual orientation as “each person’s capacity for profound emotional, affectional and sexual attraction to and intimate sexual relations with individuals of a different gender or the same gender or more than one gender”. With the establishment of these principles, each individual around the world is given the possibility to define their sexuality and gender identity freely. Each established principle about said freedom is a duty of each state to implement and to protect.

The European Union is at the forefront of fighting for the equality of LGBT+, their rights are associated with human rights, which is a fundamental European contribution. According to Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, each individual’s privacy is defined as an autonomous zone of liberty, each and every one of us can do in their private life what they want to do, as long as we do not harm anyone else. This way, not only LGBT+, but everyone is legally protected from being prosecuted by the state for their preferences, hobbies and other activities that are connected to their private life.

Despite all of these legal protections, many members of sexual minorities see themselves frequently confronted with verbal and physical harassment and discrimination. Many EU member states do not accept LGBT+ equality and do not guarantee the same rights that should be guaranteed according to the principles of Human rights, including the right to get married. Currently, same-sex couples can only get married in 11 European countries and form civil unions in 9. In Italy, civil unions for gay and lesbian couples have only been legalised in May 2016. Italy is the 27th country in Europe to legally recognise same- sex couples, even though the Cirinnà- law does not give civil unions an equal value in terms of value of the registered relationship, the right to adopt step-children, the requirement to be faithful and the process of dissolving the union. Partners of a civil union are not given names such as “spouse”, ”wife” or “husband”, therefore, the law fails to give official terms to the partnership. Otherwise, inheritance, other financial obligations, the adoption of each other’s surname and visiting their spouse in the hospital, same- sex couples have the same rights and obligations as couples of opposite sexes.

The public opinion about LGBT+ rights and same-sex marriages varies widely and is in many cases strongly influenced by the opinion of the Catholic Church.  In 2013, Ivan Scalfratto of the Democratic Party proposed a law for the protection of LGBT+ against verbal abuses that was highly opposed and said to be restricting freedom of expression and focusing on LGBT+ only and to be limiting the expression of groups advertising heterosexual marriages. The law was approved, after the adoption of some changes, and is criticised both by LGBT+ supporters and opposers. LGBT+ supporters criticise the bill for making certain offences no longer punishable, such as propaganda activities promoting homophobic and transphobic ideas and the instigation of violence against homosexuals and transsexuals. The anti- discrimination bill is said to have shifted the focus of the needs of a minority to the interests of a majority.

Looking for partners for VET ERASMUS+ Projects

 H.R.Y.O. Human Rights Youth Organization is looking for partners for VET Projects in the framework of ERASMUS+ Programme


Partner Countries: All Programme Countries

Mobility Duration: min. 3 – max. 6 months
Mobility Place: Palermo, Sicily, Italy

Deadline for candidature: 22nd of January

Who are we?

The Human Rights Youth Organization believes in a world governed by peace and mutual understanding. We see education as an essential aspect towards creating a reality that promotes and protects human dignity, all aspects of equality and sustainability. As an organization we see the importance in supporting local action and developing the potential of a single human being, for small changes lead to big process.


Our mission is to facilitate, through various means, the fulfillment of Human Rights and establish an international network of organizations and individuals who are actively contributing to their local context. We seek to actively work towards a culture of peace by promoting and taking part in non-violent action towards the liberation from oppression in any form. While taking action we promote, encourage and celebrate the value of diversity of people in society.



  1. To restore Human dignity; by using non-formal educational projects responding to the needs of society and the individual;
  2. To break down prejudice by connecting different realities and facilitate in an intercultural dialogue;
  3. To create awareness around, oppression and suffering;
  4. To establish a network of support in local movements and conflict zones;
  5. To create, facilitate and communicate a pathway towards a culture of peace, respect and sustainability;
  6. To be of influence in the change of law, rules and policies that protect the Human Rights;
  7. To establish a local Human Rights centre that promotes and educates the integration of Human rights in daily life;
  8. To promote culture as a tool in the acceptance and understanding of diversity;
  9. To create a department specialized in issues that affect the position and role of women in society;
  10. To use a holistic approach in the achievement of tolerance amongst the new generation;
  11. To promote action and to act peacefully towards liberation from the influence of mafia and organized crime;
  12. To be a leading example in all of the above.


What do we do?

The organization is engaged in implementing educational youth projects at local and international level since its foundation. At local level we organize seminars, workshops, and other educative courses for promoting human rights and other democratic European values. We also involve young people with fewer opportunities in our activities. We provide traineeship possibilities for university students and volunteers.


At international level, we have wide experience with the implementation of Youth in Action and Erasmus+ projects. Besides, we have been hosting international trainees from European and Mediterranean countries.


Thanks to our experience we find it important to improve the skills of facilitators of young people’s learning process – let it be a shorter period (workshops, youth exchanges, trainings) or a longer one (EVS, Erasmus placement, ENPI CBC Med project mobility – work placement of youth workers and unemployed youth etc.). We are promoters of the Youthpass and the validation of non-formal learning outcomes, thus we focus a lot on the key competences when it comes to facilitate our target groups’ learning.



What do we offer?

HRYO offers a big variety of work areas and positions. Furthermore, we can give a logistic support for the interns in order to help them find a good accommodation.


12143202_1057144280985024_495818291644984179_nUrban garden – Urban gardening is the process of growing plants of all types and varieties in an urban environment. It is a quite new trend in Palermo. And HRYO has a parcel of land called Orto BrHYO which aims at providing many environmental, social, and health benefits, such as providing a local source of food, bringing communities and families together, educating people about the origins of food, adding green spaces to our city. Besides, it creates leisure and recreational spaces for us.

  • Open vacancy: Gardener
  • Work period: from March to October



IMG_3459Bar/Restaurant – Moltivolti is a multicultural space and restaurant situated in the historical center of Palermo. The place is a melting pot of cultures and communities, which can be felt through the music and food with distinctive flavors, ingredients and spices.  Intercultural events and a diverse array of cuisine ensure a vibrant cultural legacy.

  • Open vacancies: Cook, Bartender, Waiter
  • Work period: whole year, except August




IMG_3458Co-working space – HRYO has its operational seat at Moltivolti co-working space. The main idea of co-working is that individual workers come together in a shared place to enjoy greater productivity and a sense of community. The most appealing aspect of co-working is the creative environment and the sense of community from like-minded professionals. Another benefit of this place is the potential for networking. It is located in Ballarò district in the historical center of Palermo where lots of different cultures come together.

  • Open vacancies: Secretary, Graphic designer, Video-maker, Fundraiser, Event Organizer
  • Work period: whole year, except August



Kinder garden – This multicultural kinder garden is also located in Ballarò distinct where the migrant children and natives share the same space and play together. The main goal of the kinder garden is to seed mutual understanding and respect for diversity.

  • Open vacancies: Educators, social workers
  • Work period: whole year, except August


If you are planning to apply for new projects in these areas you can consider us as a partner. For further information please contact us on info@hryo.eu until the 22nd of January!

Marcia delle donne e degli uomini scalzi


La nostra associazione aderisce, partecipa e vi invita ad esserci tutti!!!

Palermo sostiene l’appello di Venezia e giovedì 10 settembre, in anticipo sugli eventi promossi dalle altre città italiane, aderisce alla “Marcia delle donne e degli uomini scalzi” promuovendo una manifestazione di solidarietà ai popoli migranti che abbraccia tutta la nazione. Non è un semplice raduno: il capoluogo siciliano accoglierà quanti hanno deciso di schierarsi pubblicamente in sostegno dei rifugiati e dei richiedenti asilo vittime dei trafficanti, delle atrocità dei centri di detenzione e delle politiche migratorie focalizzate più sulla difesa dei confini che sulle vite umane.

Alla marcia, lanciata da personalità del mondo dello spettacolo, della cultura e del giornalismo, stanno aderendo numerose altre associazioni e tante realtà della società civile italiana che si occupano dei diritti dei migranti, dei rifugiati e dei richiedenti asilo. Tutti i fiirmatari della manifestazione sono accomunati da un sentimento di solidarietà e da una prospettiva di pace e di convivenza. Vi sono idee in parte differenti sugli strumenti e le strategie. E per questa ragione, pubblichiamo i documenti appello degli “Scalzi” e del Forum Antirazzista di Palermo. Siamo convinti che si può e si deve camminare insieme.

Giovedì 10 settembre alle ore 19 da piazza Verdi, di fronte il Teatro Massimo, partirà una marcia a piedi nudi che condurrà fino al Porto di Palermo, in segno di solidarietà e di umiltà nei confronti di chi giunge lungo le coste siciliane denudato anche dei propri sogni e delle proprie speranze. Perché la migrazione richiede esattamente questo: spogliarsi della propria identità sperando di trovarne un’altra. Abbandonare tutto, mettere il proprio corpo e quello dei propri figli su un barcone e sperare che arrivi integro al di là, in un ignoto che respinge, ma di cui si ha bisogno.

Le ragioni dei migranti passano di bocca in bocca attraverso mille distorsioni ma è incivile e disumano non ascoltarle. È proprio in questo momento storico che si decide cosa sarà del mondo in cui vivremo e per affrontare i cambiamenti epocali della storia è necessario avere una posizione, sapere quali sono le priorità per poter prendere delle scelte. Noi stiamo dalla parte degli scalzi. Dalle parte di chi ha bisogno di mettere il proprio corpo in pericolo per poter sperare di vivere o di sopravvivere. E dalla parte di chi non ha paura di accogliere.