new-6MIGS is happy to announce that is a partner to a new project entitled: Gender Equality Awareness Raising against Intimate Partner Violence – II (GEAR against IPV – II). The GEAR against IPV-II project aims to contribute to primary and secondary prevention of Intimate Partner/Sexual Violence(IPV/SV) among teens.

Coordinator: European Anti-Violence Network (EAVN)

Partners: Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS) – Cyprus; Center for Education, Counselling and Research – CESI (Croatia); A.L.E.G – Association for Liberty and Equality of Gender (Romania); Plataforma unitària contra les violències de gènere (Spain); The Smile of the Child (Greece).

Short description of the project

Main beneficiaries are teens (12-16 years old) who are victims or perpetrators of IPV/SV or at risk (teens’ general population) and at high risk (abused/neglected/vulnerable children 12+ years old) of becoming victims or perpetrators in the future.

Target-groups are school teachers and teachers/professionals working with high-risk teens. The proposed GEAR against IPV approach has been pilot-tested and evaluated during the former GEAR against IPV Project (co-funded by the DAPHNE III Programme of the European Union); it is child-centered as teens are not taught but, instead, guided (exclusively via experiential activities) to explore their own attitudes, their impact to their lives and to ‘discover’ and exercise life skills enabling development of violent-free intimate relationships.

The expected result is teens empowered in ways promoting zero-tolerance and equipped with ‘protection skills’ that will enable them to avoid being victimized and/or to appropriately and safely react to IPV/SV as victims or bystanders. Moreover, all teens will be equipped with valuable life skills for breaking the cycle of violence and building healthy relationships.LOGO ENGL_jpg

The objectives set, the methodology of the activities for their achievement, along with their expected deliverables & outputs are:

  • Mapping of preventive and supportive initiatives for IPV/SV in teens in 5 Member States (Cyprus, Spain, Greece, Croatia, Romania), via desk research that will result in 5 Country Reports. The Cyprus report is available here.
  • Develop material appropriate for preventive projects with teens in 5 Member States and at EU level (Cypriot package)
    • provide an updated ‘Guidance Material’ (Master Package) that can be used for the development of culturally appropriate National Packages in each EU Member State
    • develop, pilot-test and evaluate culturally adapted material (5 National Packages) for 3 MS (Cyprus, Spain, Romania) and update the existing material for 2 MS (Greece, Croatia); the method for the evaluation will be experts evaluation and focus groups with teachers and students, the results of which will be presented in 7 Evaluation Reports

On the basis of the methodology described and with the material provided in separate booklets of the National Packages:

  • build teachers’ capacity to implement preventive interventions, as well as to screen, support and protect victimized teens; ~290 teachers and professionals working with high-risk groups trained in 11 Seminars; their implementation and evaluation results will be presented in 5 Country Reports  (Cyprus Report)and summarized in 6 Policy briefs/Factsheets (5 National and one European, Cyprus Policy Brief), that will also include recommendations on the basis of the experience gained;
  • conduct IPV/SV preventive interventions with teens from the general population and from high-risk groups; ~1.300 teens will participate in 70 Workshops (50 with students and 20 with high-risk teens), implemented by trained teachers/professionals; their implementation and evaluation results will be presented in 5 Country Reports (in English and Greek) and summarized in 5 National and one European Policy briefs/Factsheets (Cyprus Policy Brief);
  • Sensitize Teens’ general population via peer-dissemination: 5 e-campaigns (using a compilation of artistic products each Workshop will create for conveying preventive messages to teens) will be conducted in 5 MS; in total, 140 teens will present in 5 National Conferences their experience from the Workshop.
  • Promotional video featuring the project and the student’s creations.

Apart from teens’ sensitization, the dissemination strategy includes activities, aiming to promote the:

  • project’s methodology, materials and activities
  • future implementation of Workshops in schools after the project’s life
  • development of new National Packages for all MS

Towards these aims will contribute, along with the aforementioned, the following deliverables & outputs

  • Project’s Leaflet & website
  • Conferences and 6 Factsheets
    • 5 National with speakers representatives of the 70 Workshops (National conference in Nicosia on 21 June 2016);
    • one European Conference in Athens 22-23 September 2016 with speakers from 28 MS and 8 candidates/potential MS;
    • ​Final & External Evaluation Reports.
    • Promotional video featuring the project and the student’s creations.

Project No: JUST/2013/DAP/AG/5408

Duration: 01.10.2014 – 01.10.2016

External Evaluator: Professor Carol Hagemann-White (University of Osnabrück)

Read the project’s leaflet available in Greek and in English.

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