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But what happened this Saturday, May 28, 2022 on the site of the Brotherhood of Roubaix † Panels presented the result of a survey conducted by the Christian Labor Youth near 414 young people from 13 to 30 in Roubaix, Tourcoing and Wattrelos. The theme: violence linked to prejudice. The legislative candidates from the 7th and 8th districts were invited. 3 responded. What does the YCW survey suggest? What solutions are proposed to combat discrimination? How did the political candidates react?
The numbers are uplifting and even more alarming than other surveys of youth, especially one within National Education. The Christian Worker Youth of the Roubaix-Tourcoing and Lys Valley sector went to interview young people from working-class neighborhoods in this area about violence linked to prejudice.
81% say they are a victim, of which 52% in relation to the physical
“81.88% of the young people surveyed say they have already been victims of violence related to prejudice,” explains Aurélia, Federal JOC for Roubaix-Tourcoing and Vallée de la Lys. More specifically, 52% have faced preconceptions about their physique. “26% have been criticized for their way of speaking, their ‘popular’ accent,” adds Jordy, JOC treasurer of the Roubaix-Tourcoing and Vallée de la Lys federation.
What forms does this violence take? 14% say they have been physically and sexually abused; 40% are already offended.
Where does this violence take place? In 71.68% of the cases it is within the school interior and 24% in the public space.
Perceived violence has consequences for the future of young people
The analysis continues: “Young people from working-class neighborhoods accumulate difficulties: they have less financial resources, networks, family support and benefit from less public investment. To overcome barriers, they must have self-confidence. Without it there is no social ladder…”
The violence and discrimination they are subjected to would therefore have an impact on their future. “The consequences are also a difficulty in building their emotional life, in creating bonds with others, in taking care of themselves…”
These difficulties lead to a state of depression or even depression in 60% of the young people surveyed. “However, access to psychological care is difficult given the financial costs…” the jocist noted.
Three concrete proposals
In addition to the numbers, these are proposals for moving forward that the YCW has shared. Three themes emerged:
- Developing spaces for free expression
- Support associations that stand up for the rights of young people
- Promote the learning of psychosocial skills
How do MPs react?
The JOC wants to be concrete, so it invited the candidates for the June parliamentary elections to meet them. 3 responded and were in attendance May 28, 2022. Catherine Osson, Roselyne Faillie (Nelly Savio’s representative) and David Guiraud.
Everyone was invited to indicate what their program entailed as a measure for young people.
Nelly Savio offers “citizenship courses, access to sports and remove the school card”.
David Guiraud recalls that 3 million children in France live below the poverty line and that suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for 15-24 year olds. “Resources are needed for spaces for dialogue to exist. We propose hiring 6,000 CPEs and 8,000 teaching assistants, as well as increasing the number of school nurses. We need to set up an Equal Rights Commission and a Discrimination Observatory.” He adds: “Some young people find it difficult to feel French because their history has been remembered. There are dates, events that should be emphasized by politicians. Like what the CRAO does, which offers festivities to West African citizens. It’s not community, it’s reconnecting a story…”
Catherine Osson recalls that “the school of the Republic is the tool that should help fight against inequalities in fate. The financial resources have increased, the budget has increased from EUR 70 to 74 billion, but the teachers are not doing well… I am in favor of a network of territories around vulnerable populations. And I also want action across Europe against the risks of social networks”.
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