A different gender, an equal opportunity
A project financed by the Council of Europe, through the European Youth Foundation
Nature of the project
Training course on gender equality through HRE using Gender Matters and Compass as main working tools, followed by workshops.
Where will the project take place
Duration of the project
October 2010 – July 2011
Summary (500 words)
The projects consists of a training course for young volunteers and youth workers from disadvantaged neighbourhoods in Bucharest, working with groups facing the risk of gender-based discrimination and domestic violence, followed by workshops and a toolkit containing study cases and a methodology for the prevention and management of gender inequality situations. The project aims at reducing gender-based discrimination and promoting gender equality by involving young people from disadvantaged neighbourhoods in HRE activities, using Gender Matters and Compass.
1. To promote non-formal human rights education as a tool for facilitating social inclusion
2. To develop a common understanding of the key concepts of human rights with a focus on gender-based discrimination
3. To introduce Compass and Gender Matters as tools for working on gender issues using a human rights approach
4. To experience with young people with risk of social exclusion HRE activities from Compass and Gender Matters dealing with gender stereotypes and traditional gender roles
5. To support young people’s participation in the creation of equal opportunities and fighting against discrimination by cooperating with local public authorities.
20 multipliers, young volunteers and youth workers from disadvantaged neighbourhoods in Bucharest, 200 participants including young people facing the risk of social exclusion and gender-based discrimination, especially young girls. 3 Sector Halls in Bucharest including the largest number of disadvantaged communities. The groups of young people will be selected with the help of the three Sector Halls involved in the project through the General Directorate for Social Assistance and Child Protection.
The project involves as trainer and consultant a person having participated in the Training of Trainers on Human Rights Education - 2010. This project is a direct follow-up of this experience.
The project will train multipliers in developing activities tackling gender issues and gender-based discrimination by using HRE and generally a human rights approach. The project is concerned with the use of HRE activities in non-formal settings thus the main activities will consist in a 5-days training course, followed by 4 workshops in which the participants will act as multipliers and facilitate activities focusing of gander issues from Compass and Gender Matters with young people. A number of case studies will be analyzed encouraging young people to identify solutions and to formulate recommendations which will be included in the toolkit.
The project will adopt a learner-centered approach, using interactive methods, peer-education and blended learning for the promotion of human rights values, starting from previous experience of participants in working with gender and discrimination. Main educational materials include: Compass and Gender Matters.
The innovative aspects are related to using a manual on gender based violence affecting young people in partnership with local public authorities which is the first initiative of this kind in Romania. Other innovative aspects consist in supporting young people in their role of main actors in the fight against gender-based discrimination by giving them the chance to identify solutions and contribute to the creation of equal opportunities.
The main result of the project consists in having a group of 20 young multipliers and facilitators from disadvantaged neighborhoods working working with groups facing the risk of gender-based discrimination and domestic violence. By developing 4 workshops involving 200 young people with risk of social exclusion the project is expected to raise young people’s awareness on gender inequalities and gender-based discrimination and to involve them as main actors in identifying solutions. The toolkit will be published in 300 copies and it will be disseminated to all six Sector Halls in Bucharest. Also, the project will create a model for using HRE activities for the promotion of gender equality using Compass and Gender Matters. Among key methodological aspects, we quote group work, active participation, theoretical and practical inputs, simulation/case-study exercises referring to the environments where participants usually carry out their youth work.
Follow-up to the project
The competences developed throughout the project and the knowledge, the key concepts of human rights education and gender issues gained by the beneficiaries through the training course and through the 4 workshops represent a long-term educational acquisition that will help them to identify and meet the needs for the training of young people facing the risk of gender-based discrimination. Another follow-up activity of the project is related to the creation of the toolkit containing study cases and a methodology for the prevention and management of gender inequality situations. The toolkit will be disseminated to all six Sector Hall in Bucharest in order for it to be used by the General Directorates for Social Assistance and Child Protection which will enhance the creation of more opportunities for the social inclusion of disadvantaged young people, especially young girls.
The report of the project will be edited both in Romanian and in English and will be disseminated online and with the help of the General Directorates for Social Assistance and Child Protection it will be made available in disadvantaged communities from all six sectors in Bucharest.
Training course - total number: 20 participants, age : 100% aged 18 – 30, working with groups from disadvantaged neighbourhoods.
All the participants will be residents in Romania. The participants in the TC are youth workers and young volunteers that come from disadvantaged areas in Bucharest and face themselves the risk of social exclusion and gender-based discrimination. The participants at the training course are expected to act as disseminators of the HRE tools and instruments in their communities. They will be responsible of experiencing activities focusing on gender issues from Compass and Gander Matters with young people in 4 workshops with 200 participants working in groups of 10. The total number of direct beneficiaries is estimated at 220 people.