JAMBO Young Women Empowerment to Improve Quality of Youth Work and Volunteering in EU and Partner Countries
Start date: 01 Oct 2014, End date: 30 Sep 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The project JAMBO Young Women Empowerment to Improve Quality of Youth Work and Volunteering in EU and Partner Countries, aims at exploring gender issues in different societies, linking the deep-rooted analysis ran in the African countries on gender sensitivity to the participation of young women and men in International Voluntary Service - IVS projects, taking into account their interaction in diverse cultural and social contexts.Furthermore the project has to be considered as a means to enhance women participation in IVS activities by developing concrete tools and working methods to approach gender sensitivity and gender issues through non-formal education approaches. Indeed the project will raise awareness in both the local communities and partners about gender equality as the key-element to social justice and the young citizens’ active participation to global development.The project is 12 months long and the associations involved are: Lunaria-Italy, Concordia-France, Grenzenlos-Austria, KVDA-Kenya,UPA-Uganda and TYCEN-Tanzania. All of them are active in the field of International Voluntary Service and they strongly favor the promotion and development of the IVS movement as a tool to promote the values of mutual understanding, respect, active citizenship and social inclusion.The project participants are youth workers and young people: they will actively take part in the feasibility study in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania; in the international training course in Kenya; in the youth meetings in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania; in the international training course in Uganda; in the study phase in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and in the international training course in Italy.All the activities have in common an horizontal methodology aimed to develop the cooperation and the bottom-up approach, starting from the needs analysis and the work developed by the youth workers and the young people involved in the process. For the entire duration of the project we expect the to employ methodologies based on non-formal education methods stimulating active participation, self-reflection, creativity, ‘learning by doing’ process. We also expect to build capacity of youth workers in order to favour the participation of young women either proposing new and innovative ideas and initiatives or adapting existing methodologies and tools to more social and environmentally friendly approaches taking into account their local social and economic contexts.The project outcomes will be merged in a tool kit approaching gender equality through non-formal education and underlining the importance of favouring women participation in IVS projects. It will include: the main achievements of the project - methods, tools, good practices and its products - ideas, comments and evaluations by all the actors involved.

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