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I gender, do YOUth?
Start date: Feb 1, 2015, End date: Jul 31, 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

I gender, do YOUth? Background: The idea for this seminar, I gender, do YOUth? was born during the feasibility visit ""Buildning bridges for future cooperation"" (SE-43-E12-2013R2) which took place in Minsk, Belarus in April 2014. Two representatives from the swedish organisation A-net Ungdomsforum started to work on the idea together with participants from the Georgian organization Droni. The participants had a common interest for gender issues and came to the conclusion that there is a need among youth workers to reflect on the topic of gender and that the core reason for gender inequalities lies within power inequalities on a structural level. The idea of the seminar was developed further in cooperation between A-net Ungdomsforum, Droni and the Spanish organisation Nexes. Youth workers and leaders awareness of inequality based on gender is crucial in order to provide equal support and to be aware of the structural power inequalities that exist in the society. Moreover, consciousness of the equality structure, norms and values within youth organsations is essential for youth workers and for youth to build a future and more equal society. Gender equality is a broad concept and include issues such as representativity, resources, norms, power and human rights. This seminar explored the underlying mechanisms and norms which limit young people's opportunity to be their full potential and play an active role in the society in connection to gender inequality. Focus was on the norms which can limit this instead of those people who do not fit into the norms. Aim and objectives: Aim: - The overall aim of the project is to build capacities in youth workers to establish more fair gender structures both on an organisational and societal level. Objectives: - To raise awareness among youth workers about gender inequality - From a broad perspective, explore how gender roles and stereotypes are constructed and maintained in diverse countries in Europe - Develop capacity to reflect on norms that are embedded within youth organizations and in the society - Reflect on attitudes and values in relation to stereotyping, equality and respect for diversity - Develop ideas, methods and strategies for incorporating gender perspectives in youth work - Increase knowledge about adequate skills, knowledge and tools needed for gender analysis - Introduce and promote the Erasmus+ programme and create a network for future cooperation - Participants: number and profile Activity: 1 seminar for 26 participants from 13 organisations from 10 countries, 6 from EU and 4 from neighbouring countries. Place and dates: The seminar will take place in Kobuleti, Georgia, from 24/6/2015 to 30/6/2015. Participants: The participants of this seminar where youth workers and youth leaders working with young people in NGO's, youth centers and public bodies that wanted to develop their competences in gender issues and use them in their work with the youngsters back home in their organisations. Activities: The activities included team-building, artistic work, group discussions, small group work, workshops prepared by participants, theoretical inputs, visit from a local ngo working young people and gender, individual and group reflection, self assessment and experiential exercises. Methodology: The seminar course will be based on non-formal and informal education and will have influences of human rights education. The seminar will be developed from the expectations and needs of the participants and the experience and knowledge from the trainers. The seminar will be characterized by highly participatory, interactive and experiential methods. The working methods will include case studies, working in pairs and small groups, team building activities, role plays, discussions, study visit and self-assessment. The seminar will have an inclusive and norm-critical approach. With the norm-critical approach we will focus on the underlying reasons for inequality and discrimination. In practice this means that instead of focusing on awareness raising about how some people are negatively stereotyped or harassed we will identify and challenge the norms, which create these processes. Results: 26 participants from 13 organisations have increased their competences to deal with gender issues in their work with youngsters and have more tools and resources to have an active educational role with them.After the seminar, a narrative report was created by the trainers with the core elements of the discussions and outcomes from the group. Further, the participants produced a video about gender in the local community of Kobuleti. Impact: Within the target group: The participants questioned their preconceptions about gender issues, having broadened their minds towards the different gender perspectives in the group, having gained sensitivity and will to take action towards injustice based in gender and made clear action plans for future actions after the seminar.
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