The Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies [MIGS] received funding from the EEA Financial Mechanism and the Norwegian Financial Mechanism to implement a project entitled: ‘YOUTH ALERT: Theatre for the Promotion of Gender Equality Awareness among Young People’.

The project partners are:

1.    Cyprus Family Planning Association www.cyfamplan.org
2.    Rooftop Theatre Group www.rooftoptheatregroup.org

Aims and objectives:

The main aim of the project is to raise awareness and critical thinking on gender [in]equality and gender socialization among young people while providing them with a forum to become actively involved in addressing these issues using creative and innovative methods including theatre.

The objectives of the project are to:

  • Raise awareness among young people on issues related to gender [in]equality including gender-based violence;
  • Develop critical thinking on gender socialization among young people by providing them with the opportunity to challenge gender stereotypes and norms in our society;
  • Promote active citizenship among young people by encouraging them to actively participate in the promotion of gender equality and the prevention of gender-based violence using creative and innovative methods;
  • Produce and perform the theatrical play ‘The Vagina Monologues: A memory, a monologue, a rant and a prayer’ by Eve Ensler with the aim to raise awareness among the wider public.

Activities:

YouthAlert3 (2)The first stage of the project has been successfully completed with a series of four training workshops involving young Cypriot women and men in discussion and experiential activities on a variety of issues ranging from gender and identity, gender stereotypes and roles, advertising and body image, sexuality and reproductive rights, violence against women and girls and activism to end gender inequality. Participants had the opportunity to explore the above issues through non-formal education activities and activities involving methodology based on the Theatre for Social Change.

YouthAlert6 (2)The participants also explored these issues by undertaking interviews with women in their own social environments and then engaging with these through the methodology mentioned above. Furthermore during the workshops participants became familiar with the play ‘Vagina Monologues’ by Eve Ensler which formed the inspiration for many of the activities and themes that were undertaken during the workshops. All the materials produced through the workshops will now be used for the next stage of the project which involves the production of a theatrical play addressing issues concerning gender and gender-based violence with a specific focus on the Cypriot context.

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The second phase of the project will involve the production and performance of a theatrical play addressing the issue of gender [in]equality and gender-based violence, with the involvement of young women men that participated in the training workshops.

For more information please contact Georgina Christou at georgina@medinstgenderstudies.org.