The "Young Leaders – The Exelixis" Institute and the Norwegian Embassy in Greece organized an event against xenophobia and racism entitled "Now the difference tastes sweeter ..." last Saturday, June 6 at 11:00-13:00 at Monastiraki Square in Athens. The main focus of the campaign is to defend the right to diversity and the value of peaceful coexistence.
This effort is sealed by the promotion of Xenophobil, a "drug" that relieves the symptoms of xenophobia and treats patients with a satirical recipe which makes everybody smile while reading the leaflet and tasting the sweet chewing gum.
During the first public campaign were involved more than 25 volunteers from the Institute and the Norwegian embassy and distributed 2500 packages!
The presence and the active participation of the Ambassador of Norway, Mr. Sjur Larsen honored the event, since the Embassy of Norway in Greece is the main contributor to the Institute's campaign against xenophobia and racism.
The General Manager of the Institute and creator of "drug", Mr. Jean-Daniel Colombani, described the phenomenon of xenophobia and racism as a central social and political issue, adding that: "Greek people must take bold actions to bring forward their world-famous hospitality."
The President of the Institute, Mr. Dimitrios Alefantis explained that the "Young Leaders – The Exelixis" Institute aims at mobilizing the new generation of leaders, youth participation and creating a network of partners among young people and future leaders from different social sectors with a variety of political visions through designed programs.
The actor, Mr. John Zouganelis stressed the need to understand each other’s needs while noting that the answer to xenophobia is the actual Greek word and the concept of hospitality.
Former Secretary General of Mass Media, Mr. Ioannis Panagiotopoulos said that we have to fight xenophobia, and show the original elements that express the Greeks.
Mr. Marios Begzos, dean of the theological faculty of the University of Athens, said: "The hospitality and the fight against xenophobia has always been to the tradition of Hellenism from antiquity until today."
Finally, the event was attended by Mr. Nikos Pepas, former Prefect of Eastern Attica and MEP candidate.
The conclusion of this campaign is that the Greek society embraced this move by embracing diversity.
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