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Breaking Through - The right for self-determination in gender

Training Course

5-14 June 2023 | Berlin Weißensee , Germany

We invite you to a 10-day training activity on awareness creation, networking, peer-to-peer learning, methodological and practical training, campaigning and international exchange about LGBTQIA+ rights, realities and activism!

The Project

Gender is a socially constructed phenomenon that is often understood as only binary, and therefore excludes other forms of gender expression in our society. Cis-normativity and cis-sexism leave little if any space for gender diversity, self-determination and other forms of sexual identity.

As peace and volunteer organisations, we want to support a large number of young people who are exposed daily to discrimination, structural violence, human rights violations and exclusion in society due to their gender or sexual orientation. In many regions, these problems are denied or, worse, those affected are verbally harassed or physically attacked. It affects different areas of their life such as family, school, work, personal development. In some countries, these problems go beyond customs, stereotypes and norms, where LGBTQIA+ communities are still criminalised and legally denied their rights and freedoms. 

We should not ignore these problems and take the opportunity to break through those binary norms, to foster and to encourage gender diversity, forming truly open but inclusive and tolerant societies based on respect and recognition of human dignity irrespective of gender or sexual orientation. Through this project, local NGOs and partners can play a crucial role in promoting these values, in changing the current status quo and in breaking through barriers.

It is equally important to gather and share experiences – whether common or different – to build stronger connections and unity among LGBTQIA+ activists. In many countries, the situation has been stale or almost unchanged, hence a breakthrough is needed. Our project will provide an opportunity to establish contacts, learn from each other, and share knowledge in activism and advocacy and thus impact directly on local communities.

The Venue

The activity will take place at Tagungswerk im KuBiZ, Berlin-Weißensee

The Team

An experienced team of trainers, Artur and Paju, and a facilitator will lead the activity.

Aims of the Project

  • Support and advocate for the rights of LGBTQIA+ people
  • Acquire skills and competences to more effectively do so and to strengthen the concerns of LGBTQIA+ individuals and communities
  • Introduce participants to specific problems of LGBTQIA+ communities and gender inequality
  • Compare realities, exchange perspectives and share experience on how LGBTQIA+ problems are being tackled in each project partner country
  • Share strategies and build up capacity to overcome these problems
  • Learn how to raise awareness among others and how to share knowledge, to advocate and campaign for gender justice
  • Contribute to more visibility for LGBTQIA+ communities through creating visual and informative materials e.g. videos, flyers, magazines, posters and social media campaigns.  

Living in a Group

We will spend one week together in a group of almost 30 people with different backgrounds and experiences. For us it is very important to take time to create a safer space to live and work together. For this we will set up a group agreement all together at the beginning. Please be aware that inclusion, anti-discrimination and reduction of stereotypes is nothing very easy and might be challenging for people. We invite you to come openly to the seminar and to be open to learn, reflect, and on the same side be mistake-friendly!


  • Participants create their own zine/booklet with personal stories from interviewed persons;
  • Online campaigning activity to advocate for visibility of LGBTQIA+.

Everyone who comes to this seminar should...

… be 18 or older and live in or hold a passport of one of the eligible partner countries (see below)

… be actively involved in their sending organisation, in youth or voluntary work or in activism

… ideally have experience in international peace work or activism

… participate actively in the activity and in the production of the outputs

… be comfortable with speaking and writing in English

… ideally be committed to come to the activities by overland route (public transport, no flying)

… be willing to spread their new skills and competences to their sending organisations.

Previous experience or skills with visual techniques / web / graphic design would be a great asset.

This project is for LGBTQIA+ participants in particular, but not exclusively. Anyone open to the topic and with the sufficient amount of respect and understanding can join, as long as you fulfil the above requirements. We strongly recommend to individuals to apply only when certain that they have valid entry documents to Germany / EU.

Eligible Partner Organisations/Countries: 

Albania (PVN); Bulgaria (CVS); Catalonia (SCI); Estonia (EstYES); Germany (SCI); Greece (SCI); Moldova (AVI), Poland (SCI); Serbia (Izađi), Ukraine (Alternative-V & ISKRA); Switzerland (SCI, other funding rules apply).

Please note that there will be opportunities to spend free time in Berlin, but that this is not a “getting to know the city” project. On some days, the seminar also foresees evening sessions.


Logistics and Sustainability

Simple life: The seminar will take place in a seminar house with simple living conditions. You will sleep in a room shared with few other people.

Sustainable food: You will prepare meals in small teams and shifts for the whole group. Food will be simple and preferably vegetarian or vegan to support climate justice.

Sustainable travels: Please use sustainable means of transport rather than flying. We will give you more guidance on how you can reach the venue once you have been accepted to the seminar.


How to apply:

Please send your application for Breaking Through with the filled Application Form to                          breakingthrough@sci-d.de. After we accept your application, you will receive a detailed Infosheet. 

We are looking forward to your application :)

The coordinating team – Artur, Paju and Britta

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Training overview


This activity has already happened!

This Training Course is

for 27 participants

from Bulgaria, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Moldova, Poland, Spain, Ukraine

and recommended for

Youth workers, Trainers, Youth leaders, Youth project managers, Volunteering mentors, Youth coaches, Activists

Working language(s):



Service Civil International - Deutscher Zweig e.V. (Youth NGO)

Contact for questions:

Britta Lang-Azizi


Phone: +49 228 212086


Participation fee

Your sending organisation might ask for a small participation fee. These fees are, apart from excessive travel costs, the only costs you need to cover yourself.

Accommodation and food

We cover all essential costs of the program (including vegetarian/vegan food, visa costs, accommodation, and seminar costs) through an Erasmus+ European project grant.

Travel reimbursement

We reimburse travel costs up to a maximum amount per distance between the training venue (Berlin-Weißensee) and your location. Maximum travel reimbursement amounts: 10-99 km = 20 Euro, 100-499 km = 180 Euro, 500-1999 km = 275 Euro, 2000-2999 km = 360 Euro, according to Erasmus+ distance calculator https://t1p.de/1o3bv. 

For participants from 

Germany: 0-180 EUR 

Poland: 180-275 EUR

Bulgaria, Estonia, Greece, Ukraine, Moldova, Spain: 275,- EUR

We will reimburse your costs some weeks after project completion, after you have submitted a complete expenditure summary with original receipts.

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