Interview with: Eliza Kurcevic, 26 years old, from Lithuania, working at the Eurasian Harm Reduction Association
My name is Eliza and I am a human being and human rights activist from Lithuania, which capital is Vilnius. I am working with people who use drugs and I work with people, who are creating laws for people who use drugs. To be short – my mission is to stop the war on drugs! Beyond my job I am interested in humanitarian law, human rights and women’s rights.
I am not sure if I can call it a motivation why I participated in Stay Human. It is more a commitment to human rights and the overall human rights situation in the world. When you wake up each day and see so much injustice in the world – very naturally you want to make some changes and fill in this emptiness of “What can I do for better living? For equality and equity?” And just because it is a bit hard to find the answers to these questions by yourself – it is always a good idea to share your questions with somebody else, I could share them with people who participated in Stay Human. They are people who are looking for answers to their own questions and who are helping you to discover your own answers.
“When you wake up each day and see so much injustice in the world – very naturally you want to make some changes and fill in this emptiness of ‘What can I do for better living? For equality and equity?’ “
Learning in a non-formal way gave me freedom and creativity. When learning in a non-formal way, you have more freedom to express yourself, fewer fears of doing so and you know that the activity is not about giving the right answer. Creativity and creative activities (which you can find very rare in formal learning) are central in non-formal learning and in many ways it helps people to open their hearts and share what is on their minds through their skills.
I feel that after Stay Human I have gotten some answers to what kind of changes/ improvements/ redirections I need in my professional life. But the most powerful change was the people, who I met during this programme and that I got to know their ideas and understanding of the importance of human rights.
I made the following programmes possible;
Stay Human 1 – Migrant Rights – Italy 2016
Stay Human 2 – No Hate Speech – Lithuania 2017