Co-beneficiary

Road to A Gender-Equal World

Osnabrück (Germany)

planIMPACT e.V.

Erasmus+ KA153 - Mobility of Youth Workers

28/04/2024 - 02/05/2024

France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Kosovo, Poland, Turkey

The existing patriarchal system enforces existing inequalities and puts a lot of pressure on all genders. We often talk about gender inequalities, violence against women* (note: * in the application we refer to all individuals identifying as man or woman, with no account of their biological sex), pay gap, restriction to the private sphere and other strong issues affecting women*. Patriarchal social norms are also affecting men, however, it is a lot rarer to find narratives about the negative effects on them. The overwhelming pressure to be strong, to “be a man”, and the forgiveness to express one’s emotions are elements contributing to creating oppressive behaviours and fostering gender-based violence.

Such a system leads to gender inequalities, whereas it is gender equality which is at the very heart of human rights and peaceful values. It is legally protected in all the systems of human rights protection: universal, European and also national levels.

As young peacebuilders, we aim to create a more just, peaceful and sustainable world. This entails addressing schemes of domination and submission, naturally including relations between genders. Through this project, we would like to address the topic of gender equality from a different angle: social norms negatively affect men. Masculinity as it is constructed today is a source of oppression, violence, pressure, stigmatisation and discrimination; this is why we have decided to see the prism from this angle.

With this project, we aim to develop the competencies of 25 youth workers and youth leaders in the field of prevention of gender inequalities and gender-based discrimination affecting young people by analysing local realities, exchanging practices and developing actions aimed at the promotion of a society inclusive for all genders.

OBJECTIVES

  • To develop participants’ understanding of terms crucial for addressing gender inequalities such as gender, human rights, peace, peace education, emotional literacy, masculinity and feminity, gender roles, practices of consent, emotional labour, workplace discrimination, and intervention against gender-based discrimination;
  • To map harmful behaviours and causes of gender inequalities (based on the root-causes method) and how they affect young people;
  • To develop competencies in developing healthier masculinities for the self and others, etc. and addressing gender equality by exploring perspectives of human rights, peacebuilding and democratic participation, including the legal framework of gender equality protection;
  • To explore and practice tools to address gender inequalities, such as emotional literacy, non-violent communication, non-violent activism, gender mainstreaming, alternative behaviours, and deconstruction of gender roles as well as the principle of inclusivity;
  • To gain skills to build ongoing relationships with peer accountability by providing a supportive place to reflect upon, process and express emotion;
  • To develop respect for multiple identities and experiences of masculinity and femininity;
  • To enhance international cooperation of participants and their organisation in the area of gender equality, by planning at least 10 local or cross-border actions focussing on deconstructing toxic masculinity, gender roles and gender-based discrimination and violence;
  • To strengthen the sustainability of the network of young peacebuilders who will bring awareness to the citizens and policy-makers in the EU and neighbouring countries on the existing gender inequalities and ways to address them.