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Challenge 2 Change: Gender Perspectives in Europe
Start date: May 1, 2016, End date: Apr 30, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The concept of Gender Equality, as we know it today, has been forming for centuries and is still in progress. Though Gender Equality is more than ever becoming reality there is a long way to go. Women continue to earn and decide less and there is only one area where women count more than men - in the records of victims of violence. Women are still underrepresented, they earn less, and, worst of all, one in three women in the European Union has experienced physical and sexual violence. Also regarding the rights and acceptation of homosexuality and transsexualism there is still a long way to go. The European Union deserves credit for having tackled these issues for a long time, however, the gender equality situation both in the EU and the Neighboring countries, especially in Eastern Europe and Caucasus remains unsatisfactory. Conservative, discriminating values are hard to tackle, with clearly defined roles for men and women, gender stereotypes and issues with the expression of gender identity and sexual orientation. It is very important to enable youth workers and young leaders to feel and reflect about the power of gender and gender roles by giving them space to discuss, debate and learn more about the topic that often remains undiscussed. That is why with this Training Course we would like to tackle these issues and look for solutions in our organizations and daily lives. We would like to develop and improve our participant’s knowledge and understanding on various concepts related to gender issues, analyze traditions, roles and perceptions of gender in different countries and societies. It's obvious that there will be huge differences as participants will come from different realities and different corners of Europe. The Training Course “Challenge 2 Change: Gender Perspectives in Europe” will bring youth workers together from the EU (The Netherlands, Croatia, Czech Republic, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Spain, United Kingdom) and Neighboring Partner Countries (Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russian Federation, Ukraine). It will take place in Tatev, Armenia. Through the participation in different scale of activities as discussions, presentations, field visits, participants will exchange their skills and experiences on gender mainstreaming, gender discrimination, gender violence and gender perspectives in different parts of Europe and will know more about realities in Eastern Europe and Caucasus region. This will be unique platform for sharing practices and exchanging realities. Developing further projects and strategies for the promotion of Gender Equality on European and national levels will be the main outcome for the organizations involved in the project. Furthermore, we will discover what has been done so far and the role of youth work and youth organizations in the promotion of Gender Equality. Also it will be interesting and useful to discuss gender related challenges in Europe and Eastern Europe and Caucasus, sharing and comparing the realities of gender issues and best European practices as well as exploring which are the most vulnerable groups that suffer from gender inequalities and gender based discrimination. The main aim of the Training Course is to increase the awareness of youth workers and youth leaders about gender equality issues and perspectives in Europe and to provide the participants with skills to develop good quality projects locally and under the “Erasmus+” programme focusing on the topic of Gender Equality. The objective of the Training Course are following: - To learn about gender equality issues and share / compare the realities in the European Union and Neighboring Partner countries;- To exchange experiences between youth workers and youth leaders on the difficulties to find a gender balance in terms of participation of women;- To develop participants knowledge and understanding on various concepts related to gender issues and emphasize the importance of gender equality in youth work and other areas;- To promote gender equality in youth work and international youth projects;- To facilitate networking process among participants and promote new common projects related to gender equality;- To develop the quality of support systems for youth activities and capability of youth organizations to create new partnerships. The Training Course will have also a practical side. In order to practice newly gained knowledge, the participants will plan concrete non-formal learning activities for concrete target groups (school leaders, youth with disabilities, etc.) that later can be implemented as project on their local levels or European level. Another value of this project will be the development of concrete international projects. The participants will be provided with skills to develop good quality projects, with the assistance of experts.
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