Josef Šmída

Category: Parallel session


Josef Šmída is from Prague. He serves in the​ ​International Team of the Czech Greens​ and as a party’ delegate to the EGP. He is alternate member of the ​Global Greens Coordination​.

In the past, when the Czech Greens were in the Czech Government, Josef was head of human rights expert section of the party. He co-founded and co-developed​ ​Green Party cell in Žižkov​ - Prague district. Nowadays one of the most successful and progressive Green Party cell in Czech, with political influence in Prague City Council. During the governmental experience, his political work was strongly aimed to the issue of the U.S. military base, later changed to U.S. radar base. This military base was planned to be built close to Prague. All of that part of the​ ​U.S. National Missile Program​. The project was stopped after people protests and the fact that the Czech Greens were able to keep their pacifist position in the Government.

While Josef does not do politics he does human rights activism. His main fields are minority rights and therefore combating discrimination. Namely the burning situation of Roma in last years in Czech brought him into streets. Currently he works for the ​Czech Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs​ at the unit for social inclusion. Besides that he is co-operating with Western Sahara Resource Watch​ on human rights issues.

Last but not least, Josef’s big topic is youth. He was chairman of the ​Czech Young Greens and later a member of the​ ​FYEG​ Executive Committee. He believes young people have the power to transform the world. Josef has got bachelor degree in specialization in pedagogy - social pedagogy and a master's degree in political sciences – Latin American studies. If not in Czech, he lived, worked and/or studied in Argentina, Canada and Moldova.


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