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This is a reference for Barbara Giovanna BELLO

TC EMpower-Empower women from Minorities

The training activity took place
in Birmingham
organised by SALTO Cultural Diversity and Inclusion Resource Centres in cooperation with the National Agencies of the United Kingdom and Denmark
18-24 May 2008
Reference person

Ann Hendriks

(then Salto staff and TC reference)
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Aims & objectives


The SALTO "EMpower young women from ethnic minorities" Training Course aimed to increase the use of the European Youth in Action programme in the work with young women with an Ethnic-Minority background (refugees, diverse minority groups, immigrants, etc.) as a tool for emancipation and empowerment.
The main aim is to use the creation of the booklet as a way to discuss with the girls specific themes related to their specific situation as a girl from an ethnic minority. Some of the themes are taboo. Many girls don't think individual, but only in function of the ethnic minority community. They are afraid to dream, to have ambitions. The process of the creation of the booklet is the main focus and is used to stimulate the girls to speak freely about their dreams and ambitions (e.g. the freedom to fall in love, desires, friendship, ...).

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

Participants were young people involved in gender related youth activities and came from different Countries of the Council f Europe.

The team of trainers consisted of trainers from the Uk, Slovenia/Belgium and Italy.

Training methods used & main activities

Non formal-education based exercises to relax, laugh and feel at ease in the group; to get in touch with own bodies and feelings; role-plays;
buzz groups reflections.

Outcomes of the activity

The TC enabled participants to use non formal education tools in relation to gender matters in the youth field, while working with minority youth.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

I was co-trainer

I worked on this training for Period of eight days days as a full time trainer.

Testimonial of the reference person

Barbara is a very professional trainer with a great knowledge of the topic and requested methods. She is very experienced and equiped. It was a pleasure to work together.

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