Wo+Men Rights — Portugal


ERASMUS+, Key Action 1: training course

Venue: Arrouquelas, Rio Maior, Portugal

Dates: 18—26 June 2023

National team: 2 participants 

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Hosting organisation: H2O

Project description:

Themes of the training course:

Gender equality is an essential aim for any society based on human rights, democracy and the rule of law. Gender equality concerns almost every aspect of social interaction and public policy, including youth policy and youth work. Every individual is directly and personally affected by issues relating to gender equality and gender-based violence.

However, discussing gender and gender-based violence can be difficult, as these discussions include concepts and terms which are not always clear, which may change over time, and which cut across different disciplines such as psychology, sociology, culture, medicine, law, education, activism or politics.

The baseline is that gender-based violence is a human rights violation and affects not only people who are directly targeted by it, but also the whole of society. The Spotlight Initiative of the United Nations and the European Union provides the following data:

  • 35% of girls and women in the world have experienced physical or sexual abuse;
  • 70% of all human-trafficking victims worldwide are girls or women;
  • More than 700 million women alive today were married before the age of 18;
  • 200 million women and girls alive today have been victims of female genital mutilation.

‘Gender-based violence’ and ‘violence against women’ are two terms that are often used interchangeably, as most violence against women is inflicted (by men) for gender-based reasons, and gender-based violence affects women disproportionately.

The UN Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women defines violence against women as any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life. In more recent legal documents, there are examples of the two terms being merged, and the term ‘gender-based violence against women’ is used.

For example, in the Council of Europe’s Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (Istanbul Convention), Article 3 offers the following definition: gender-based violence against women shall mean violence that is directed against a woman because she is a woman or that affects women disproportionately.

The overall aim of the training course is aimed to develop the youth workers, youth leaders’ skills and competences to support young women’s access to human rights through implementing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women – CEDAW; European Convention on Human Rights and Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence in their local realities and international level. Practicing non- formal learning methods to deal with gender stereotyping, recognising abusive relationship, fighting against sexist hate speech as part of gender-based violence. Establishing partnership among youth organisations to fight against sexist hate speech online and in local level.

Learning objectives of the training course are:

  • To understand the socially-constructed nature of gender roles and the mechanisms and agents of gender socialisation;
  • To learn how to recognise society’s differing expectations towards girls and boys, and young men and young women;
  • To explore how gender norms affect people’s human rights;
  • To understand the meaning of gender-based violence and be able to recognise different types of gender-based violence;
  • To discuss the role of youth work in helping to prevent violence in intimate relationships;
  • To identify dilemmas related to sex, sexuality and violence that young people face as they enter the adult world;
  • To learn about sexual and reproductive rights within the human rights framework;
  • To learn to recognise sexist hate speech and the consequences it has on the young people targeted;
  • To identify different ways of responding to sexist hate speech online and develop an online action against sexist hate speech based on the needs of different target groups;
  • To invent local and international youth projects in order to support gender equality and preventing gender-based violence according to the proposals of Erasmus+ programme and European Youth Foundation.

Who can participate in the training course/participants’ profile:

  • Youth workers, youth leaders who directly work with groups of marginalised young people e.g. having minorities, refugees and migrants’ or Roma background;
  • Youth workers, youth leaders, who would like to be part of an European platform and support each other’s local and European youth work in order to prevent gender based violence among young people;
  • Community leaders, educators, trainers, facilitators, young leaders, social workers, intercultural mediators, youth policy makers to be put into practice in their daily work with and for young people.
  • Ready to take part in the whole training course;
  • To be able to communicate English language.

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