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Is your organisation interested to join ENPAD or you are an activist, scholar or campaigner, who would like to join the Network? Below you find our membership criteria

Potential members of ENPAD should intellectually and practically agree and support the Mission Statement

Mission Statement of the European Network of People of African Descent (October 2015):

Background of the Network Development:

The aim of the first Network meeting was to build a network of organizations for people of African Descent in Europe and to create a Demand Catalogue prior to the European Elections in May 2014. More than 15 advocacy groups from Europe drafted the demand catalogue prior to the elections of the European Parliament in May 2014.

Following the positive outcomes of the first Network Meeting for People of African Descent & Black Europeans, a second Network Meeting was held in Berlin in November 2014. The first and the second meeting took place 130 years after the “Berlin Conference”, which has played a major role in the partition of the African continent among the colonial powers of the West. These meetings were held to enable us to step out of the isolation of each of our national contexts, generate awareness amongst each other for our shared realities of Black people in Europe, bring together grassroots and advocacy groups of Black People from around Europe and find strategic approaches against anti-Black racism that marry these two together. The 2nd Meeting strategically developed the Network by dividing it into four stakeholder Working Groups focused on specific tasks and each with a designated team leader.  The name the European Network of People of African Descent (ENPAD) was also established.

Overarching themes:

Anti-Black racism & political (em)powerment of People of African Descent in Europe and beyond

Network objectives:

*To start a Pan-European Black Movement for the implementation of the respect and recognition of the dignity, equality and human rights of People of African Descent in Europe

*To work towards the full implementation in Europe of the objectives of the UN International Decade for People of African Descent 2015-2024 and its three themes; recognition, justice and development

*To empower Black People at every level of society, including culturally, and spiritually

*To support Black People in Europe to self-determine their political and socio-economic position in society

*To raise civic awareness of anti-Black racism, in all forms in education, housing, health and the criminal justice systems in Europe

*To enable Black people to organize in self-defined spaces throughout Europe

*To create platforms that make visible and/or showcase Black people’s current social and historical narratives across Europe

*To build a recognizable global identity for ENPAD on popular social media, in grassroots literature and academic publications.

Overall aims

Externally – to promote:   

  • Advocacy and  political action for and by People of African Descent   
  • The implementation of the international frameworks (Durban Declaration, ICERD)
  • The ownership of the UN Decade for People of African Descent

Internally:

  • Implementing awareness on intersectionality, meaning that a person is exposed to multiple forms of discrimination, in the ENPAD working sphere, i.e. creating a political movement challenging the interlocking systems of racial, sexual, heterosexual and class oppression        
  • Creating an ENPAD educational forum, training and workshops for people of African descent   
  • transferring and archiving knowledge internally

Relevance of Communities in ENPAD’s work

Everything we do through ENPAD is with and for Black communities on the ground: our members are members of Black communities in Europe. Where there is access to space for Black led activities, initiatives and events are increasingly scarce and Black communities are routinely presented with a range of barriers to prevent our access to space. In many European countries, Black people are so marginalized that they are denied their own spaces. Spaces that are owned and controlled by Black communities across Europe are vital to the development and empowerment of all Black people, in particular, the most vulnerable e.g. our children and elders. Spaces must be built by Black communities for the use of Black communities in order to avoid becoming engaged with structures/institutions that reproduce racism and maintain white privileged systems of hierarchy.

Knowledge of identity is crucial to the positive self-development of every individual – knowledge is power. Education is the primary source of knowledge transfer used in the schools, colleges and universities that Black children, youth and adults attend. Europe wide there has been a deliberate attempt to distort and silence its Black history. ENPAD recognizes that the Black presence in Europe dates back millennia and advocates for its inclusion in the curricula of learning institutions across Europe. The network aims to become a vehicle to implement Europe wide recognition of Black narratives and the socio-economic perspectives at every level of society. Therefore the Network aims include the development of training and workshops that inform on and facilitate the creation of strategies to dismantle structural and/or institutional anti-Black racism. We will achieve this by advocating for the recognition of Black people as agents of change, the representation of the diversity of Black realities and by enabling the voices of Black communities to be heard in Black spaces.

Potential members of ENPAD should agree and support the concept of safe space

ENPAD rejects tokenistic practices and structures that maintain discrimination, inequity and racial injustice. ENPAD rejects all forms of discrimination, inequity and racial injustice, we advocate for the elimination of all such processes, practice and structures.

As we are all here for the same purpose: to try to improve the life of People of African Descent in Europe and globally, we would wish for every participant of this network to ensure that all meetings, conferences and events are conducted in a confidential and respectful manner, so as to create a safe space, free from discrimination, harassment and victimization on the basis of:

  • age and/or appearance   
  • continental, regional, national and/or linguistic identity        
  • gender, gender identity, sexual identity and/or lifestyle    
  • physical and/or mental ability   
  • faith, religion and/or belief   
  • pregnancy and/or maternity status   
  • social and/or educational status
  • career and parental status
  • employment activity
  • marital status
  • religious belief or activity
  • ethnicity or collective identity

Also as a black safe space, special attention is lent to the detection and elimination of colourism.

ENPAD will build networks within the network, so as to ensure that marginalized members’ voices are strengthened and facilitated, to develop strategies that can be put into place to achieve systemic change across the network.

Membership agreement

For Non-Governmental Organizations

The organization can become a member of the European Network for African Descent when corresponding to the following criteria:

  • Non-governmental organization
  • Work focus and intention of the organization are actively and explicitly directed towards sustainable benefits for people of African descent (PAD) in Europe and beyond
  • The Board of the organization has to have at least two people of African descent
  • The representation of the organization at the ENPAD meeting (general assembly) can only be completed by PAD
  • Suggested by ENPAD coordinators or ENPAD member
  • Chosen and/or adopted by the network meeting (general assembly) through confirmatory vote
  • Contribute financially to ENPAD by paying membership fees

For Blackxperts and Consultants

A person can become a consultant or blackxpert for the European Network for People of African Descent when corresponding to the following criteria:

  • Agreeing with and actively working/thinking towards what is mentioned in the Mission statement Application of decolonial perspective in the mentoring process
  • Genuine interest in knowledge transfer and exchange
  • Suggested by an ENPAD member (organization)
  • Signed Memorandum of Understanding regarding confidentiality

For Individual Donors

A person can financially support the European Network for People of African Descent when corresponding to the following criteria:

  • Understanding and supporting ENPAD’s Mission Statement
  • Donate black money

For Strategic Partnerships and Exceptions

An organization or person who does not correspond to the above mentioned can become a strategic partner if it:

  • corresponds to the Networks goals
  • is agreed on by ENPAD’s general assembly       

Membership fees per year

Organizations 50 Euros
Individuals 25 Euros

10 Euros (discounted)

Donor
Strategic partners To be determined by general assembly

If you and your organisation identify with the aims stated above and are interested to join ENPAD. Please contact us under contact@enpad.net