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Gender Cooperation 1.0
Start date: May 1, 2015, End date: Dec 31, 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

This project, implemented through an international youth exchange open to LGBT persons, as well, aims to provide to the participants an opportunity to compare mutual exchange of views (even on issues still in dispute, such as - for example - equal opportunities of adoption for same-sex couples ) and reflections on gender identity, with the aim to reflect first on our own identity beyond stereotypes and constraints and, consequently, to increase understanding and mutual cooperation with others gender identities through reflections on gender conflicts and gender-based violence, despicable end product of a process that - will be emphasized - is first and foremost of non-dialogue and non-mutual cooperation. The work on interpersonal conflict, which is part of this project proposal, was inspired by the desire to emphasize the potential for mutual enrichment that dialogue can lead to each individual as such. It is expected that the participants increase their degree of knowledge of gender issues in order to increase their own commitment in the organizations of origin and can - thanks to what learned during the exchange - clarify their skills and their actions taking into account best practices learned from other participants and organizations, as well. It is expected, then, that this increased commitment can influence the main target group of the activities of the associations (young people 16-30 years old) in order to initiate also practices of peer-education and support those actions already in place. Partner organizations will benefit from the results of the exchanges seeing increased their knowledge of best practices and thus improving their own approach to gender issues in their respective territories. Finally, we expect that the project can have a significant impact at the local level, supporting partner organizations - particularly those from Bosnia-Herzegovina and Georgia, which have occurred in recent years over violent disputes also directed against persons and events organized by LGBT persons - in order to better promote tolerance and understanding of the aspects of the social construction of gender.

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