Sexual (R)evolution is on!


International training, 26.07-02.08.2016 @ Struga, Ohrid lake, Macedonia

It was time to make a strong response to gender discrimination and give our contribution to Sexual (R)evolution. Although this can be a statement that fits to entire Europe, our experience tells us that discriminative behavior and approach, deeply rooted attitude towards gender roles and binary concept and huge barrier to acceptance of sexuallity is still much higher for countries in Eastern Europe. 


That is why we gathered around this project and managed to create a unique experience of openness, learning  and exchanging about gender issues, in a safe environment through various methods and techniques of human rights education and social activism. 

Training gathered 33 people from 15 European countries for 6 days that have undergone through a vivid process that questioned rooted values, reshaped the view of the world around and for many answered some of the key questions for understanding gender and being able to act for diversity, equality and freedom. 


This was not simply “yet another training” but an effort to provide much needed space for debates and questioning of reality we face today, determination of our own believes and situation where prejudices and stereotypes dictate discriminatory atmosphere that strips people of their freedoms and human rights and, in many cases, provide breeding ground for violence and injustice.

FOLLOW UP of this project IS ON

  • CHECK out all the photos from the event HERE
  • JOIN the team working on development of Sexual (R)evolution 2.0 by e mailing: info (at) youthserbia.org
  • READ the follow up publication that puts all the topics into a frame SEXUAL (R)EVOLUTION PUBLICATION


In a Europe based on values of equality, respect of human rights and individual freedoms, an international event gathering young people from about 15 countries created basis for establishing of common knowledge, understanding and re-evaluation of values and believes that will provide the fundaments for action and peer education in years to come.


Background


Gender issues are all around us and shape our daily lives and furthermore our society and the way we progress. Although we there has been progress made in the past decades societies in Eastern Europe are still very discriminative when it comes to role of genders in society and closed for sexuality topics with often extreme stand points towards diversity and freedom.

This project aimed to open up young people from eastern Europe to become aware of gender perspective and discrimination that is deeply rooted into values they are raised with and that are unfortunately still dominating social and political life.

This training empowered young people to tackle the social constructs, argue and engage in equality initiatives. In a safe environment through various methods and techniques of human rights education and social activism participants had an opportunity to learn how we live together and how gender roles create atmosphere leading to gender based violence.


Objectives:


The essence of the project is to:

 

PROVIDE space and possibilities for participants to discuss and exchange views on gender and social constructs we belong to

 

EXPLAIN the background of current problems our societies are facing with lack of freedom and encouragement to be yourself

 

QUESTION the traditional concepts and deeply rooted prejudices and discriminatory behaviors

 

EMPOWER participants to act as multipliers and develop skills for action and active involvement in the struggle for freedom and equality in their society

 

MOTIVATE the change and facilitate the process of awareness raising and value shaping of new generation open minded and active in defense of rights and promotion of freedom.


Methodology


Learning process during the seminar was implemented through methods of non-formal education, using lectures only to set the basis for understanding and participating in the rest of the program. Since we acknowledge diversity of participants, their preferences and different approaches to process of learning, we tried to provide various techniques so everyone can recognize themselves in something. Most of the methods presented in the program were inclusive and ask of participants to step in and take the initiative. We aimed to build up the spirit of openness by developing cooperative and trustworthy atmosphere from the start. We used role plays, debates both in big and small groups, open space, case study and workshops to present the input and encourage participants to be active during the event, not just as receivers but also as givers of information and knowledge. Evening program was important, providing space for participants to get to know each other in casual and relaxed atmosphere, increasing the feeling of cohesion and closeness. We also provided space in the agenda for more experienced participant on the topic to give their contribution.

 

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FOLLOW UP

In the follow up of the project a guideline for action is being produced and will enable peer learning and activity development. This toolkit will be the fundament of action planning that will be encouraged in the final segments of the program.