The MiSO network Hannover (short: MiSO) was founded by its 24 constituent members in spring 2010. Since then, multiple network partners have joined. The whole MiSO network consists of about 37 partners. These organisations meet regulary every six weeks and work out common positions and organise events. Inbetween these meetings, a co-ordination team, which meets every other week, is responsible for the implementation of what has been discussed during the meetings. The MiSO network is currently working on getting registered as a charity organisation.
The network has given itself a clear democratic constitution. All migrant organisations which clearly show that they subscribe to its values are welcome to join.
The guiding principles:
MiSO is a network of and for migrants, who are passionate about living in equality and civic friendship, in the capital city of Hannover.
MiSO is a strong voice in order to shape a future-proofed community in the city.
MiSO is inter-cultural, democratic and anti-racist.
MiSO opposes violence, anti-Semitism, sexism, prejudices and discrimination.
MiSO is non-partisan and has no religious affiliations.
The focus of MiSO's work:
Organising collaboration with public institutions and improving the flow of information and communication
Sensitising the community towards the specific problems of migrants and creating an awareness of their potentials and cultural diversity
Providing advice to organisation in the life long learning sector and organising employability/educational events
Improving the access to education, cultural events and the labour market
Providing an appropriate public space for minorities and their world-view
The MiSO network Hannover participated in the 'Fest der Kulturen' (celebration of the cultures), sought the co-operation with the 'Integrationsbeirat' (a conglomerate of stakeholders representing migrant interests in Hannover) and organised a set of courses with the community college (e.g. work with the press, outreach activities and ICT). On 29/09/2011, the MiSO network and its constituent organisations presented themselves and their work, to the general public in the town hall of Hanover.
Furthermore, the MiSO network Hannover issued press releases, dealing with the questions that are of most importance to the migrant organisations and started its own website with links to all member organisations.
The MiSO network enables all members of the network to benefit from the experiences of other members. Hereby, those members which have previously been excluded due to a lack of resources or unequal access to political and social processes, are strengthened.
At the moment, the MiSO network Hannover works on a series of 'future-workshops'. These workshops are meant to serve as a forum, in which the political and social aspirations and demands of the people of Hannover can be expressed. They will then form the foundation for a 'wish list', which will be presented at the 'participation summit' in July 2012 before being handed over to the city administration.
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