Online Final Conference
(10 & 11 November 2020)
After two years, the project DECIDES Europe: Preventing Gender-Based Violence – the Youth’s Outlook comes to an end.
The virtual Final Conference hosted by Kvindemuseet took place on the 10th and 11th November 2020 and gathered around 160 people among project partners, experts at a national and international level, students, teachers and school managers that participated in the project activities, as well as professionals representing a wide range of organizations.
During four thematic sessions, keynote speakers provided an informative background to understand the importance of gender-based violence at stake and, why including the youth in the discussions of this issue is so important.
One of these sessions served as an opportunity to present achievements that had been accomplished and to present the methodologies used by the project partners and the materials available for their replication, though adapted, to other countries, realities and settings.
Under the current circumstances of the global pandemic of COVID 19, the webinar was organized online through the Zoom platform. This format still allowed for interesting Q&A- sessions at the end of each speech. The audience, mostly from the three targeted countries of the project beneficiated from simultaneous translations in English, Spanish and Romanian.
The Final Conference has received many positive comments from the audience. They highlighted how instructive the sessions were as well as how interesting it was to be able to compare in the three countries the different perspectives on some of the aspects related to GBV.
SESSION 1 – UNDERSTANDING GENDER BASED VIOLENCE
- Welcome Speech by Julie Rokkjær Birch, Director of the Kvindemuseet (Women’s Museum) and Louise Godt, cultural advisor at Central Denmark EU Office to start off the DECIDES Europe Final Conference.
- Keynote Speech by Anja Radeka from the Dansk Kvindesamfund (Danish Women’s Society) on What is gender-based violence? Introduction to the main topic of the project and show the importance of the discussion, through key figures and information.
- Keynote Speech by Norma Ageitos Urain, Sociologist, Sexologist and Equal Opportunity Officer, on The importance of sexual education in the fights against gender-based violence in adolescents.
SESSION 2 – INSIGHTS FROM THE EU PROJECT
The project partners have presented the project, its objectives and the outputs which resulted from it. The methodologies used and activities were explained: cultural workshops, capacity building and training, exchanges.
- Presentation by Cristina Bosch, Interarts Foundation, on the DECIDES programme – Cultural Rights to Promote Health and Development, which provided the framework for the project. This programme was initiated by Interarts in 2007 and focuses on the improvement of the health and well-being of people through cultural cooperation for development and the creation of spaces for reflection based on the capitalization of experiences developed in the field.
- Presentation by Anna Kathrine Svenning, Women’s Museum on the visual workshops which have been created with young students from different schools in Aarhus, Denmark. Throughout different sessions, this workshop aimed at discussing relevant topics related to GBV with the students. This has helped increasing the awareness of the students about GBV inside and outside the school, but also to produce works that have been shown late at the exhibition in the Women’s Museum.
- Presentation by Sara Saavedra, Trabe Association on the trainings for teachers and counsellors to develop participatory activities within the class to inform and sensitize students about GBV, the meetings between stakeholder to contribute to the creation of a standard protocol/framework for action to address GBV in the educational system, and the talks with parents in the partner schools. Those activities led to the production of two materials: A Training programme on Gender-Based Violencefor teachers, and the Action protocol.
- Presentation by Mihaela Sasarman, Transcena Association on the work with high school students from the Collegiul National Matei Basarab to implement the Forum Theatre Workshop. It consisted in preparatory sessions were held to debate on the key themes of the project: gender-based violence, gender equality and intimate partner violence (IPV). Preparatory sessions also enabled for the creation of a script and rehearsing the script. The final rehearsal was a performance in front of the participants’ high school fellow students with the main goal of getting their feedback about the performance, the scenes, the topics, and the general gender-based violence problem.
For further information please visit the website:
- Presentation of the project and promotional video
- Cultural workshops and videos
- Publications containing information about the methodologies
SESSION 3 – INCLUSION OF YOUNG VOICES IN THE CONVERSATION ON GENDER BASED VIOLENCE
This session started off by a welcome speech by the Kvindemuseet (Women’s Museum), who presented how students, the audience at the heart of this project, were included in the programme’s activities.
- Talk by Guillem Marcel Romeu Fortuny, director of INS Bernat Metge in Barcelona, Spain, and beneficiary of the project on the importance and the power of education in countering gender-based violence.
- Students from Spain and Romania have talked about their experience in taking part in this project: how discussing gender-based violence issues and exchanging their views has impacted them and their vision towards this issue.
- Keynote speech by Camelia Proca, President of ALEG organization in Sibiu on Gender equality education: a solution for healthy relationships and balanced work life. Discussion addressed to the youth to help them to recognize healthy relationships, accompanied with messages from students and teachers.
SESSION 4 – INCLUSION OF YOUNG VOICES IN THE CONVERSATION ON GENDER BASED VIOLENCE
- Keynote Speech by Helene Oldrup from the Danish organization Lev Uden Vold (Live Without Violence) on Psychological Violence: How to recognize it and how to help someone who is suffering from such violence? Where to seek for help when one is psychologically violated?
- The last session was closed by statements from the project partners and with some final words by Mercedes Giovinazzo, Director of the Interarts Foundation who reminded us that “it is through the implementation of small-scaled project addressed to a specific audience such as DECIDES Europe project that there can be significant changes.”