PRISM - Breaking Down Gender Stereotypes in Teenag..
PRISM - Breaking Down Gender Stereotypes in Teenagers' Projects
Start date: Sep 1, 2016,
End date: Jan 31, 2018
PRISM is a challenge that the partners have decided to face against the observation of the crystallization of stereotypes and sexist behavior in youth contexts in which they operate. If the issue of gender equality is apparently acquired at social level, we have seen a decline, not only in Italy, on the interpersonal relationships, which seem increasingly marked from active discrimination and the inability to address the issue of gender differences without indulging in stereotypes."PRISM" is a project that involves a training and participative process on two priority targets: youth workers engaged in projects and initiatives targeting teenagers, both in difficult contexts in mobility experiences; young people aged 15-18 that will contribute to the "deconstruction" of cultural links and psychological upstream of discrimination.In the regular activities of the partners, involving every year thousands of young people, the crystallization of stereotypes and prejudices denotes how urgent it is to assert European values of solidarity and equality, as it is right by generalizations and by not knowing that offensive and discriminatory behaviors spring out against the dignity of others.The main objective of the project is to understand the causes and forms of manifestation of discrimination, to equip the beneficiaries of the three actions -a training for youth workers and two subsequent youth exchanges - with tools and experiences useful to increase awareness and contrast of these phenomena.The three residential activities of the project will involve 32 youth workers and the 67 young people who will be involved in the preparation and in execution of the 2 exchangesThe training will see participants involved in simulation and analysis of the psychological and cultural dynamics that favor the appearance of discrimination, and the acquisition of new skills and techniques to manage conflict situations. The exchanges, which will be led by a pool of youth workers who have previously participated in the training, through safe emotional and educational impact methodologies, will foster the unveiling of discriminatory phenomena and will enable young people to position themselves critically with respect to the common acceptance of discrimination. Teamwork and intensity of residential experiences will encourage the sharing of ideas, opinions and solutions that the participants themselves will formulate.The project partners, wanting to tackle the rapid spread of discrimination through awareness campaigns and initiatives, will immediately engage youth workers and the boys and girls who have participated in exchanges, to design and carry out targeted actions with young people involved in the various contexts.The project will produce lasting results: the partnership organizations will be able to count on a good group of motivated teenagers and on an international pool of trainers capable of managing education initiatives, awareness campaigns and design approaches that are able to address the sensitive issues of the project. In this way the partners will be able to connect their initiatives at European level campaigns and actions, thus reinforcing the fight against discrimination in Europe.
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