The Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS), in collaboration with the Directorate of Secondary Education and the Cyprus Pedagogical Institute, organized the National Conference of the European Project GEAR IPV II- Gender Equality Awareness Raising against Intimate Partner Violence, which was implemented during the period of 2014 to 2016, and  co-financed by the Daphne III Programme of the European Union.

The conference, that took place on 21st June, started with a welcoming speech by the Commissioner for Children’s Rights Ms. Leda Koursoumba who emphasised the need for the implementation of comprehensive educational actions and programmes on prevention gender-based violence, on a systematic basis and at all levels of education. She stressed that the GEAR against IPV approach and accompanying manuals are well-structured, comprehensive and child-centered and called for its implementation on a larger scale (speech available in Greek here).

Christina Kaili, Project Coordinator at MIGS, presented the main objectives, activities and results of the project (presentation available here). Testimonies from both the teachers that implemented the awareness raising workshops and well as their students followed.

The conference was followed by an exhibition of creations developed by students during the awareness raising workshops, with messages of zero tolerance to gender based violence. Some of the creations were submitted for a competition whereby the winning creation would be multiplied and disseminated as part of a social media campaign. The winner and two runner ups were announced as follows:

First Place: Ayios Ioannis Chrysostomos Gymnasium – Nicosia, Wall mural entitled, “The ship of relationships”

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Second Place: Dianellou and Theodotou Gymnasium – Nicosia; Poster entitled, “Love only”

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Third Place: Dianellou and Theodotou Gymnasium – Nicosia; Song adaptation of Beyonce’s “If I were a boy” entitled, “If I were a girl”. You can listen to the song on MIGS’ YouTube channel here.

For more information please contact the project coordinator in Cyprus, Christina Kaili at christina@medinstgenderstudies.org or at +35722 842036.