A new space intended for the use by civil society organisations, informal citizen initiatives and others free of charge – YIHR.hub at 8a Đorđićeva Street in Zagreb was officially launched on November 28. This was a double celebration: together with the hub opening, we celebrated the 11th birthday of the Youth Initiative for Human Rights.

More than hundred CSOs, media and university staff and students, as well as our associates and volunteers attended the event. Nenad Jovanović’s article about the event can be read in Novosti journal (in Croatian). The hub opening and the Social Innovators project were also covered on a radio show called ‘Radioactivity’ hosted by Lucija Čeč on Yammat (in Croatian – listen to it here).

The opening of the YIIHR.hub started with the presentation of the Social Innovators project. This project, dedicated to increasing employability of humanities and social science students, as well as to increasing interest in working in civil society organisations, is the reason for launching the hub. This is why we also discussed other project activities complementary to the hub, such as the CSO Apprenticeship programme and a new education programme of social innovations, which is developed together with project partners from the National Management School (Bulgaria), PiNA (Slovenia) and Østfold University College (Norway).

This was followed by a panel ‘Deconstruction of Social Innovations: The Return of the Underrated’, moderated by our Nikola Puharić. The panellists were Gabrijela Ivanov (K-zona, FierceWomen), Tena Šojer Keser (Netokracija) and Eugen Vuković (Zelena akcija, Biciklopopravljaona). The panellists shared their formative experiences in civil society organisations and IT sector, discussed the potential for social innovations, and shared their perspective on activities planned within the Social Innovators project.

The reception and music programme performed by the Domaćigosti choir came next, opening the Initiative’s birthday celebration. The main speakers were Mario Mažić, a founder the Initiative, Nikola Puharić, President and Morana Starčević, Executive Director of YIHR. The message we sent out was unambiguous: in spite of all difficulties and obstacles, we would not give up the uncompromised fight for human rights!

We thank all our associates, friends, supporters and volunteers, as well as all others who came to celebrate this very important day for YIHR.