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In 2015, the members of Article 1’s youth group Different Leaders created the International Day for Equal Opportunity (IDEO). By designating the 5th of December as the International Day for Equal Opportunity, our goal was to:

  • raise awareness about existing equal opportunity initiatives in our own countries for economically deprived populations to take advantage of them as early as possible,
  • share best practices and resources to support each other in our fight for more inclusive societies, 
  • encourage a cross-government conversation about the goals of equal opportunity initiatives and evaluation criteria.

    In tribute to Nelson Mandela’s fight for a decent education for all, and as a torch passing symbol, the Different Leaders collective sets the date of International Equal Opportunity Day as the date of his death, on December 5th of each year.

    Since its creation, the IDEO has been celebrated in Paris, Lyon, Clermont-Ferrand, Romans-sur-Isère, Toulouse and Marseille, but also in Spain, Belgium, Great-Britain, USA, Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal and in Morocco. The IDEO brings together every year between 3.000 and 6.000 participants in the workshops, conferences, screenings and debates. 

    Since then, many independent initiatives, sharing the same spirit, have emerged all over Europe, Belgium and Morocco. 

    Why don’t you join the movement?