About The Diversity Initiative

Responding to an increase in the number of suspected racially motivated attacks in Ukraine beginning in December 2006, International Organization for Migration (IOM), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Amnesty International (AI) and other concerned civil society organizations formed the Diversity Initiative network in April 2007 to begin addressing the issue in a coordinated way.



This is a period in which the old world is slowly but irreversibly changing and the contours of a new one are just beginning to take shape.  Traditional institutions are being challenged.  Budgets are being squeezed.  Families are being stressed.   All of this flux and churning creates enormous anxiety.


Living Library - step forwards!

On 10 November Vinnitsia Regional Human Rights organization "Source of Hope" organzied Livign Library event among students of Vinnitsia Services College. Students had chance to communicate with six living books from East Timor, Iordania, Congo, Poland and USA.

Learn more on Ukrainia npage

Call for applications: Seminar “Counteracting Xenophobia in Ukraine: Role of NGOs.”

Call for applications
Seminar “Counteracting Xenophobia in Ukraine: Role of NGOs

One-day Football Tournament of Amateur Crimea Teams

Institution for Civil Society invites you to attend on 30 october at 9 a.m. Football Tournament of Amateur Crimea Teams that will take place in village Temeli of Simferopol district.

The tournament is organized within European Week Against Racism and Discrimination udner request of Football Against Racism in Europe network to promote  interethnic udnerstanding and educate young generation.

Contacts: Rustem Ablyatifov tel. 0652 484822, 0982856785

e-mail: csinstitution@gmail.com


Living Library for Governmental officials

On 13 October in Mohyliv-Podilskiy of Vinnitsia region, the training for governmental officials was organized about usage of Living Library methodology to support local minority initiatives and spread information about this issue among cocerned partners.

Read more on Ukrainian page.

Seminar "Media: for or against freedom and dialogue"

On October 20, 2011 the Open Policy Foundation supported by the Embassy of Switzerland in Ukraine holds the seminar titled “Media: for or against freedom and dialogue?”, the participants of which will be young journalists, students, experts and media teachers.


Eurо 2012: children will show a red card to racism

In October 2011 FARE («Football against racism in Europe» www.farenet.org) jointly with Ukrainian partners will conduct and Action week combating racism.  These activities will be a part of preparation to Euro 2012.

Organizers invite all football people to join the campaign regardless of place of living, wealth, ethnicity, skin color or religion.

Schedule of FARE action weeks in Ukraine

October 15, Saturday. Children draw T-shirts against racism.

Majority of the International Community did not see the Opening of the Olympic Stadium

Speaking at the opening of the National Olympic Stadium, President of Ukraine, Victor Yanukovych said:
«We showed it to the international community that Ukraine is a reliable entity to deal with. Ukrainians
demonstrated, that we are a hard working nation with values and that we are ready to overcome difficulties
for the sake of a better future». However, majority of the international community could not hear this,
as the representatives-ambassadors of the states of Asia, Africa and Latin America were forgotten to

Living Library helps to overcome barriers in socialization of children-refugees, asylum seekers

On 6 October 2011 in Zhmerinka city of Vinnitsia region NGO "Source of Hope" hold seminar-training "Countering racism and xenophobia to overcome barries in socialization of children-refugees and asylum seekers as the most vulnerable group of children". 

Event was attended by 17 participants from Regional State Administration, City Council, Departments for Youth and Sports, school pschycologists, employment center, medical sphere, media etc.

Fourth Annual International Debate Tournament “Kyiv Open” was devoted to the theme of peace and nonviolence

We should become the changes that we want to see

Mahatma Gandhi


During the last weekend, October 1-2, 2011 in Kyiv, the participants of the Fourth Annual International Debate Tournament “Kyiv Open” were searching for the ways to change the world for better. The event, held by the All-Ukrainian Youth NGO “Debate Academy”, attracted over 70 people from Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, Lithuanian, Austria, Germany and the Netherlands.