The Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (Cyprus) is coordinating a new project entitled ‘Youth4Youth: Empowering Young People in Preventing Gender-based Violence through Peer Education’, funded by the Daphne III program of the European Commission. This 24-month project is being  implemented in partnership with Casa Delle Donne per Non Subire Violenza (Italy), the Centre of Research in Theories and Practices that Overcome Inequalities-University of Barcelona (Spain), the European Anti-Violence Network (Greece) and Women’s Issues Information Centre (Lithuania).

The project’s main aim is to contribute to the prevention and combating of gender-based violence among adolescents by providing them with a safe space to reveal their attitudes towards violence, to reassess their tolerance towards it, and empower them to become actively involved in developing an environment free from violence for themselves as well as for their peers. The project will be implemented using a gender equality and rights based approach.

Project Objectives

  • Investigate and explore young people’s attitudes towards gender-based violence  and the links between gender stereotypes and gender-based violence;
  • To expose and challenge attitudes of tolerance towards gender-based violence among young people;
  • Empower young people to resist gender-based violence and develop attitudes of self-respect and self-value;
  • Further develop and promote the ‘peer education’ methodology to preventing gender-based violence among youth as  well as promote their active involvement in developing a safe and protective environment for themselves and their peers;
  • Promote the development of critical thinking among young people towards important actors of youth gender socialisation, particularly electronic and other media;
  • To provide educators in formal and non-formal education with information and tools for working with young people in the prevention of gender-based violence;
  • To promote the role of schools and other formal and non-formal education centers in the prevention of gender-based violence  among young people and in the promotion of relationships based on tolerance, respect and equality;
  • To contribute to policy development on the prevention of gender-based violence in educational contexts on a national and EU level;

Activities

  • A research study to investigate and explore young people’s attitudes towards gender-based violence in the partner countries using quantitative and qualitative methods;
  • The preparation of country reports based on the research carried out in the partner countries;
  • Press conferences in all the partner countries to disseminate the results of the research;
  • The organization of teacher training workshops in all partner countries to introduce the basic concepts relating to gender-base violence and peer education and actively engage teachersin the project activities;
  • A series of training workshops with adolescents in secondary education schools using the ‘peer education’ methodology on gender-based violence and gender roles and stereotypes;
  • The organization of student exhibitions in each partner country to celebrate the participation of students in the training workshops and to promote their own views on combating gender-based violence;
  • The publication of an awareness-raising booklet with information aimed at preventing gender-based violence among young people that will be disseminated among all relevant stakeholders including NGOs, youth centers, secondary schools, Ministries of Education, teachers unions, among others;
  • The publication of a training manual for education practitioners in formal and non-formal education that will include the methodology and exercises developed and implemented during the project;
  • The organization of a final seminar and workshop on gender-based violence among adolescents in each partner country whereby the results of the project will be disseminated to all relevant stakeholders.

For information on the project please contact Georgina Christou at georgina@medinstgenderstudies.org.