Youth for Youth arrives to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria!

Youth for Youth arrives to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria!

On Monday, October 25, the canarian youth enrolled in Youth for Youth began the training course on Human Rights. This course will take place until Friday, October 22, in the Nexo building located on the Tafira campus, thanks to the collaboration of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC). The president of Helsinki Spain, María Jaén, and the Vice-Chancellor for Students, Alumni and Employability of the ULPGC, David Sánchez, opened the course this Monday. (You can see the news at the ULPGC’s web)

Throughout the week, the students will be trained on human rights, sustainable development goals and other related subjects such as gender equality, mental and emotional health, environment protection, migration, refugees and asylum, the fight against bullying. and the responsible use of social networks. The course is given by experts in the different subjects, having the students the opportunity to recreate some of the dynamics that they will later put into practice in the schools.

It will be an intense but crucial week to train and transmit what you have learned to the little ones!







Inauguration of the REACT program in its XXV edition

Inauguration of the REACT program in its XXV edition

Yesterday, we successfully launched out REACT’s course XXV edition (Rapid Expert Assistance and Co-operation Teams). The Social Centre Platja Albir de l’Alfàs del Pi in Alicante, Spain kindly welcomed us in their facilities and gave us the space we required to implement the course. This year’s participants will be staying in Alicante until 26th June and will later go to Segovia to receive a practical training course about handling the critical situations and/or emergency situations while being deployed in hostile environments.

During our opening event, the Cooperations and Volunteering councilors: Isabel Muñoz and Martine Mertens as well as Equality councilor: Rocío Guijarro joined our president María Jaén Barandiarán and our secretary general Ángela Suárez Jaimes to welcome the participants who assisted.



REACT, ever since its creation in 2003, has maintained its main goal to be: prepare professionals with diverse career paths who are interested in joining REACT also from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). This year this course takes in people who have traveled from different parts of the world such as Afghanistan, Argentina, Cameroon, Colombia, Spain, Ethiopia, Mexico, Nigeria and Togo with the purpose of providing necessary knowledge and abilities to achieve a good management in peacebuilding and conflict prevention.

In this edition, REACT has the honor to receive professors and lecturers who have vast knowledge in humanitarian action, human rights, gender equality, peace missions, etc. and they also have the experience of working in international organizations such as the United Nations, European Union, OSCE, OTAN, International Committee of the Red Cross, NGOs with a humanitarian nature, among others.



For our first course that took place yesterday, our participants attended the lecture regarding the topic International Human Rights Law taught by Professor Adam Dublin who was a legal fellow in the United Nations Office of the Co-Prosecutors at the Cambodian genocide tribunal and also worked in India in issues related to human rights and girls and women’s protection.



Tools for the integration of gender equality in the classroom

Tools for the integration of gender equality in the classroom


Free awareness Webminar for Teaching Staff in which the following topics will be discussed:

  1. Explanation of the gender system and its repercussions on the staff and on the social structure.
  2. Effects the gender division system on the educational system.
  3. Once all the information has been presented, tools to promote a positive social change inside the classroom will be offered.


Providing the teaching staff with the necessary tools to identify inequalities in education, and to develo a non-sexist education that provides values of equality and helps to overcome discrimination ans social prejudice. Providing with the necessary resources to carry out egalitarian educational practivces in the classroom as well.

Our guest speaker will be Celia Garrido, who has previously collaborated with us in different formations with gender perspective. Celia is a consultant, trainer and expert on gender equality and violence.

  • She was part of the project to prevent sexist violence in education “not only punches hurt”.
  • She is also part of the teaching staff of the Master in Maltrato y violencia de género – UNED.
  • She designs and develops awarenes, reflection and training workshops for different public and private entities.


For the 2021 edition, due to the health situation we are facing nowadays, the webminar will be carried out through the ZOOM platform.

Dates: Wednesday the 14th and Thursday the 15h of April, 2021
Time: 4PM-8PM
Cost: FREE”







Youth for Youth: Educating in Human Rights and SDGs” returns to Madrid and Asturias!

Youth for Youth: Educating in Human Rights and SDGs” returns to Madrid and Asturias!


A volunteering project organized by Helsinki-España, in collaboration with Ayuntamiento de Madrid, where you will receive training in Human Rights by the hand of experts in order to attend to schools and raise awareness among the students through a participatory methodology.


Training starts in March (22th to the 26th in Asturias) (15th to the 19th in Madrid). Join us and participate!!


Contact us at or sign up her.


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If you are interested, you can check more information in Youth to Youth.






The IMPETU project “Impact of the Pandemic on Tourism in Spain: Implications for the Employment of Women in a Female Sector”

The IMPETU project “Impact of the Pandemic on Tourism in Spain: Implications for the Employment of Women in a Female Sector”

The tourism sector in Spain is of great importance, as pointed out by the general director of Turespaña, Miguel Sanz, also characterized by being a source of income for women, since they participate more actively in it. Thus, highlighting the statement and according to the Active Population Survey (EPA), male hostelry workers reached 6.9% in this third quarter of 2020, while women stood at 8.8%.

Consequently, and with the arrival of COVID – 19, unemployment has increased in this sector, with barely visible advances that may suggest that the situation has improved. There has been an increase in the unemployment rate in tourist activities by 17.3% in the third quarter of the year, in the middle of the high season, compared to 10.7% in 2019. This represents a great decline in the achievements until the moment in which the pandemic has arrived, thus slowing down the empowerment of women in the tourism sector and all the opportunities that were offered to face equality between the sexes, something that in the words of the World Tourism Organization is a clear factor that produces a great multiplier effect on employment. Alessandra Priante, director of the regional department for Europe of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), has stated that it is estimated that in Spain the situation of tourism prior to the arrival of COVID – 19 can be reached in the best of cases by the end of year 2021 or early 2022.

Although few women have recovered their jobs or have gotten one, the vast majority of them find themselves in a situation with no way out, the impact on their economic conditions being a ruin and, already emerging as one of the great affected by the implications of the coronavirus crisis. That is why Carlos Garrido, president of the Spanish Confederation of Travel Agencies (CEAV) has clearly shown that this crisis is and will be the crisis of tourism.

Due to this fact, the IMPETU project “Impact of the Pandemic on Tourism in Spain: Implications for the Employment of Women in a Female Sector” arises, coordinated by the Complutense University of Madrid, and in which researchers from the University participate from Seville, Polytechnic University of Valencia, Francisco de Vitoria University and ESIC, in addition to our entity, Helsinki España, has been selected by the Supera Covid-19 Fund financed by CRUE Universidades and Banco Santander.

In this way, IMPETU will focus on women whose work activity is linked to the tourism sector and who, due to the pandemic, has been reduced or damaged. In addition, Helsinki España will offer a career orientation course to 50 young women between 21 and 30 years old who have graduated in Tourism and who, nevertheless, are in a situation of unemployment.




The IMPETU project "Impact of the Pandemic on Tourism in Spain: Implications for the Employment of Women in a Female Sector"




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