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Gender Training for Youth Workers: What’s Gender Got to Do with It?


27-28 October 2021 | This is an online training, Estonia

Gender is a contested topic in Europe. It's also a timely topic amidst changing gender norms and more inclusive gender identities. These oppositions and opportunities make gender issues key in the field of youth. This training on gender issues is online.

The aim of this online training course is to provide a basic understanding about contemporary gender issues, as well as provide clear links in between gender equality, human rights education and youth work. Also, the training aims to provide useful tools and methods for youth workers to discuss gender issues with the youth. This online training is going to focus on gender stereotypes, gender equality, gender identities and hate speech.

The objectives of this online course:

  • to explore the personal attitudes towards gender-related issues among the participants
  • to analyse how stereotypes and prejudice shape the thinking of youth workers and the youth
  • to explore how youth work can address gender-related issues and thus provide meaningful spaces for young people
  • to introduce and exchange methods, good practices and resources for discussing gender issues with the youth
  • to introduce ways how safe spaces for the youth can be created

In the end of this online training, a learner ...

  • will understand their values and opinions related to gender and will be able to help young people to analyse their values and opinions
  • will understand how methods of human rights education can be used to address gender issues
  • will explore different educational resources (e.g. Compass, Gender matter) and good practices for work with young people on gender issues
  • will notice when there is prejudice and hostility in youth groups regarding gender and will know how to respond
  • will know how to create safe spaces for the youth regardless of their gender or sexual identity

Agenda is as follows:

Wednesday, October 27 (all times given in Tallinn/Riga time)

10.00-11.30 Introduction and welcome. Getting to know each other. Gender stereotypes and prejudices - shaping our thinking  

11.30-12.00 Break

12.00-13.30 Realities of participants' countries. The role of youth work in addressing gender-related issues.

13.30-14.30 Break

14.30-16.00 Workshop with expert “Case of LGBTI youth: realities, needs and interventions of youth work”

Thursday, October 28

10.00-11.30 Human rights education methods, good practices and resources for addressing gender issues with the youth

11.30-12.00 Break

12.00-13.30 Human rights education methods, good practices and resources for discussing gender issues with the youth

13.30-14.30 Break

14.30-16.00 Creation of safe spaces in youth work for all young people. Reflection and conclusions.

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! One week prior to the training the participants will receive a self-analysis questionnaire that will help them prepare for the training. Also, this will provide the trainers with input from the participants to be able to provide training that fulfills the needs of the participants


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Training overview


This activity has already happened!

This E-learning is

for 40 participants

from Austria, Belgium - DE, Belgium - FL, Belgium - FR, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of North Macedonia, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Eastern Partnership countries , Western Balkan countries

and recommended for

Youth workers, Trainers, Youth leaders, Youth project managers, Volunteering mentors, Youth coaches, Anyone directly working with the young people in NGO, youth centre, school or other type of organisation or institution

Accessibility info:

This activity and venue place are accessible to people with disabilities.

Working language(s):



Estonian NA in cooperation with the Latvian NA (National Agency)

Background and qualification of trainers and expert:


Helen Talalaev has a Master of Arts in gender studies from Central European University and she has worked on gender equality and human rights for the past 15 years. She has trained about human rights, gender stereotypes and norms, anti-bullying approaches, hate speech and hate crime and how to tackle them. Most of the courses have been for youth workers and teachers directly working with the youth.

Natalja Gudakovska

Natalja Gudakovska is a human rights education trainer, the member of the Pool of Trainers of the Youth Department of the Council of Europe. She has been trained by the Council of Europe on human rights education approach to youth work and training. She has practical experience working with gender, human rights and anti-bullying issues with young people in local and international NGOs, and schools for the last 15 years. Natalja is an author of methodological materials on human rights education and violence prevention.

Rosemary Pree is an LGBT+ activist in Estonia, whose main focuses are mental health, trans rights and LGBT+ youth. They have worked with LGBT+ youth for over 4 years through organizing events and workshops, as well as educating people outside the community to gain more acceptance and understanding for queer people in Estonia. In summer, 2021, they organized an event for the queer community to gather words, ideas and thoughts on the language surrounding LGBT+ topics in Estonian. Rosemary is highly aware of the experiences and issues among the youth due to their connections within the community.

Contact for questions:

Maari Põim


Phone: 003726979236


Participation fee


Accommodation and food


Travel reimbursement


This training activity is funded by:

The Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme

Participants are entitled to receive a Youthpass certificate from the organiser, for recognition of their competence development during the activity. Read more about Youthpass:

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