DECIDES Europe is a project that aims at contributing to reduce Gender Based Violence (GBV) in three European countries, Denmark, Romania and Spain.
Started in September 2018, it seeks to contribute to the prevention of gender-based violence (GBV) by improving the awareness of young people about all forms of GBV, its causes, consequences and providing tools to prevent, recognize and counter it in Denmark, Romania and Spain. The beneficiaries of the project are young students, aged 15 to 18, school staff, such as teachers, counsellors and school managers, parents, and vulnerable groups such as young people and young migrants.
The project also aims to encourage local authorities and schools involved to set up a common framework or protocol of action to address GBV in the educational system.
Despite the different cultural, political, and social contexts between these countries, and therefore with different complexity in the treatment of this type of violence, the project will design a collaborative strategy to address and tackle the topic of gender-based violence with young people, that can be exported, though adapted, to other countries, realities and settings. However, four main similar problems have been identified in the three countries, which are:
1. Generalized cultural and social normalization and acceptance of traditional gender roles, stereotypes and sexist behavior and speech.
2. Limited capacity of young people and teachers to identify potential victims and classify certain types of behaviors as GBV.
3. Lack of global visibility and inadequacy of communication methods and messages regarding GBV and gender stereotypes towards young people.
4. Lack of common frameworks or protocols of action
DECIDES Europe has been designed under the DECIDES program framework. DECIDES (Derechos Culturales para Impulsar el Desarrollo y la Salud, in Spanish) is a program created by INTERARTS Foundation and focused on improving the health and well-being of people, through cultural cooperation for development and the generation of spaces for reflection based on the capitalization of the experiences developed in the field.