Mino Denmark is working for a community of committed and equal minority citizens who take part of the Danish society on an equal base with majority citizens about a value-based trust based on respect and trust. The organization collects knowledge, supports networks and through our many different projects, strengthening the position of ethnic minorities in society.
The story of Mino
In February 2015, shortly after the terrorist incident in Copenhagen, Mino Denmark’s CEO Niddal El-Jabri was the initiator of the Peace Circle around the Synagogue in Krystalgade. The Peace Circle was a symbol of freedom of speech and of democracy, and freedom of religion and the right to be a free and safe minority.
Mino Denmark grew from a discussion Niddal El-Jabri had with the party Liberal Alliances, Anders Samuelsen, shortly after the Peace Circle. At this time, Wilke Research conducted a survey, in collaboration with the newspaper JyllandsPosten, a series of Muslims in Denmark. It was in a conversation about Wilke’s approach to research that Anders Samuelsen emphasized – in his own words – that the problem was that the questions had been formulated on the majority’s point of view, thus promoting their own agenda. It was now that Niddal knew the project should have ground in knowledge and conversation on the grounds of minorities.
The basic story
There is a great need for an organization like MINO Danmark, which can build a community for, primarily young ethnic minority Danes, who is better than ever in the Danish society. An increasing number of minority ethnic Danes are currently admitted to higher education, earning more than their parents.
But it’s a long way before they can join the community equally with majority Danes. As a child of immigrants, you can lack a network with in-depth knowledge of the Danish society. It is less likely that a family member has taken a higher education, knows the Danish primary school or has engaged in the life of a Danish association. And it is more likely that even parents are employed in an unskilled or low-paid job. Socio-economic inequalities, discrimination in the labor and housing market, and the lack of social capital contribute to minority Danes failing to meet their potential.
Mino Denmark builds a community for minority citizens through several different projects. The popular debating events Minority Talks are held around the country to illuminate various aspects and themes related to the minority in Denmark. At the largest talk there attended more than 800 people at The International Women’s Day at the Copenhagen Main Library.
Other projects include Minority Business Hackathon, where we try to break the barrier between Danish companies and minority category candidates in collaboration with some of the largest Danish companies in Denmark.
Chapters, a newly established network for students of higher education with a minority ethnic background, whose purpose is to strengthen the students’ competencies and well-being.
Mino Denmark has also just been awarded 350,000 DKK by the Roskilde Festival Association to complete three projects that will promote minority youth’s contribution to the Danish community. The first project is Camp Mino, where we will create a special space with activities aimed at minority ethnic youth who invite everyone to attend the festival. Mino Denmark will also complete a Minority Talks and launch our Cultural Magazine Pilot. Danish cultural life lacks a platform that meets ethnic minority youth at eye level, and where we fail to answer questions such as: Where do you come from? Do you pray? Do you eat pork?
Peter Stanners, Mino Denmark