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Fostering Gender Equality in Youth Work

The training activity took place
in Karlovo, Bulgaria
organised by Youth and Civil Initiatives in the Rose Valley
7-12 July 2009
Reference person

Katya Aleksieva

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Aims & objectives

The seminar aimed at raising the awareness of youth workers and leaders on gender equality and human rights as an integral part of their youth work through non-formal educational methods

Target group & international/intercultural composition of the group & team

Profile of seminar participants:
Project managers, Trainers, Young people, Youth leaders, Youth Policy Makers, Youth Workers

For participants from ALL YOUTH IN ACTION PROGRAMME COUNTRIES, NEIGHBOURING PARTNER. Profile: Youth workers, Young people, Trainers, Youth leaders, Project managers, Youth Policy Makers

Group size: 20 participants from 8 EU countries.

Trainers team was composed of 3 trainers from Bulgaria and Romania.

Training methods used & main activities

Human rights education for young people in non-formal settings. Interactive participatory learning methods.

The training provided an overview of gender concepts and how to include these in human rights youth work. 20 participants from all over Europe came together in the Rose Valley, Bulgaria for four days of discussions on topics such as gender based violence, women’s rights, and gender & cultural relativism. Additionally, an introduction to Human Rights Education in the council of Europe was given.

Outcomes of the activity

The diverse group of participants all had different experiences in the field of human rights and youth work. This resulted in interesting debate and sharing of different points of view. Amongst other things, we discussed how women are portrayed in the media. Each participant brought newspapers with them from their home countries and the differences between men and women in these papers was discussed. It became very clear that the traditional gender stereotypes are still very much alive in the media. Men are often seen as successful leaders while women are sexualised or viewed doing household chores.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

Full time trainer.

I worked on this training for 4 days as a full time trainer.

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