From September 2019 to March 2020, 15 workshops on visual arts will be held with students from the schools Eriksminde Efterskole, Sankt Knuds Skole, and Tranbjergskolen, about young people’s thoughts on prevention of gender-based violence. The 80 or so students taking part in the project are from completely different schools: Eriksminde Efterskole is a special Danish kind of boarding school, where you can spend 9th or 10th grade, and the focus of the school is on the creative subjects. Sankt Knuds Skole is a private school, and Tranbjergskolen is a normal public school. It is located in a disadvantaged area, and around 80% of the students are of another ethnicity than Danish.

The Women’s Museum has hired two artists, Tanja Nelleman and Lise Skou, to be in charge of the teaching. The gender perspective is broad: The students work with gender-based violence committed by men against women, and women against men, as well as hate crimes against transgender and homosexual people. It is about physical and psychological violence. In the workshops, the students immerse themselves in different issues and debates, and how we can work together to change them. Right now, they are working on billboards as an expression of art, and the students are in the process of making the pieces which will create the framework for the exhibition at the Women’s Museum. It opens March 5, 2020.

Within the framework of the DECIDES Europe project, students from secondary school students from the Institut Bernat Metge in Barcelona, El Brot Madrid (Spain), the College Matei Basarab Bucharest (Romania) and Eriksminde Efterskole in Aarhus (Denmark), have travelled to meet and share perspectives, opinions and good practices of the work they have been doing on the prevention of gender violence during the forum theatre workshops.

The week of 28 October to 1 November was held the first visit exchanges in the city of Bucharest. During these days the students visited the Romanian school, the city, learned about the culture of the country and participated in joint activities with the rest of the other students, they attended the forum play performed by the students of the Matei Basarab College, who addresses different situations on gender-based violence based on real life. The theater play is the result of the workshops they have carried out over the last few months where they learned to detect and identify different forms of gender-based violence.

During the week of 18 to 22 November, young people from the four European cities met again, this time in Madrid. In this case the students of El Brot Madrid were in charge of receiving and welcoming their homologues. During the first day they were able to visit the facilities and learn about the methodologies of El Brot and in the afternoon three workshops were held: percussion, neurodevelopment and prevention of gender violence, the latter by Asociación Trabe.

Wednesday afternoon was the premiere of the forum theater play and once again, we could see how the young people represented different scenes about gender-based violence, as well as reflections on how to react in front of such situations. The subsequent debate aroused great interest among an enthusiastic audience, but it was especially interesting to see the different opinions among young people from Denmark, Spain and Romania.

The DECIDES Europe project which started in September 2018 and will end in September 2020 is implemented by Interarts and Trabe (España), Transcena (Romania) and Kvindemuseet i Danmark (Denmark). It is co-financed by the European Union’s Equality, Rights and Citizenship programme.

The DECIDES Europe – Preventing Gender-Based Violence: The Youth’s Outlook project has released a new video (English version).

The video illustrates the Forum Theatre Workshops that took place at the end of October 2019 at the Collegiul National Matei Basarab in Bucharest where young high school students came together to discuss gender-based violence (GBV) issues and to exchange their views as to the most useful prevention tools.

The workshops included 5 preparatory sessions to debate the key subjects of the project: gender-based violence, gender equality and, more specifically, domestic violence and intimate partner violence (IPV). During the workshops students received information about national and European legal framework as well as a historical background of the issue and real cases to study and discuss.

The preparatory sessions, that took place before the workshops, led to the creation of a script, which was then followed by 10 rehearsal sessions. The final rehearsal was done in the presence of school classmates in view of launching a debate and fine-tuning the performance.

Within the project Preventing Gender-Based Violence, the Youth’s Outlook – DECIDES Europe the tour of the theatre forum piece created by the Romanian students and The Transcena theatre people took off the 3rd October 2019 and is in progress.

I felt amazing today and thank you again! This is one of the messages our young spectators sent us after the third show of our theatre forum play You decide for gender equality.

Transcena Association and the Romanian partner, The National College Matei Basarab, have a series of 10 shows of You decide for gender equality in 10 school – middle-schools and high-schools – in Bucharest, in Călărași, and Giurgiu county from October to November 2019. The theatre forum play was created together with 17 teenagers, students of The National College Matei Basarab, that are also the actors in the show. There will be another series of performances next year between February and March. Each performance is followed by a dialog with the audience about the situations presented. The strong point of the performance is the fact the students find the characters, the dialog and the conflicts very close to their experience therefore it is easy for our experts to bring in new valuable information about forms of gender based violence.

The European Commission organized, on 18 and 19 June 2019, a new edition of the European Development Days (EDD), under the slogan “Addressing inequalities: Building a world which leaves no one behind”. The project “DECIDES Europe – Preventing Gender-Based Violence, the Youth Outlook” was present at this meeting that brings to Brussels over 66,000 participants of the world’s development community since 2006.

Interarts, the lead partner, presented the project and dedicated two of the Pop-up sessions organized at its stand with the title “Culture and creativity to reduce Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in the Caribbean and Europe” to explain its objectives and development. Both sessions were very well received by and awoke the interest of the representatives of the numerous organizations present.

For a couple of months now, the theater workshop organized in Barcelona by the INS Bernat Metge in the Sant Martí district, has been developing the theater forum play to be interpreted in the framework of the project DECIDES Europe.

The Noctàmbul@s Observatory, the facilitating organisation in Barcelona, is working with a group of 14 students who are creating the play from their experiences, interests, and concerns related to gender inequality and its forms of violence.

So far, seven theatre sessions have been carried out and two more will be held before the summer holidays. The sessions of the next school year will be used to finalise the play and to perform it for students from other schools in Barcelona, Madrid, Bucharest and Aarhus.

Three theater performances will take place during the first quarter of the following school year. They will be held in Barcelona, at auditoriums of the Sant Martí district, and will be addressed to students from ten schools in the city. Also, training modules for teachers of these ten schools and talks for the families will be organized during the first quarter.

The participating students have assessed this experience very positively and have expressed their wish to continue next year to complete the play and, above all, to be able to share this experience with students from the other countries during the exchange visits.

Both the teachers of the school and the families are facilitating and supporting the project process for it to be an enriching and relevant experience for all the participants.

The first training activity of the project DECIDES Europe: Preventing Gender-Based Violence, the Youth’s Outlook, has been developed and completed in Bucharest, Rumania, in the dates of 15th, 22nd and 29th March 2019.

Led by Transcena, the Romanian partner of the project consortium, the training was entitled Domestic Violence and Gender Violence – Prevention and Mitigation and involved about 20 teachers and counsellors from as many teaching institutions teaching institutions.

In accordance with the project framework, whose aim is to contribute to the prevention of gender-based violence (GBV) by improving awareness of young people about all forms of GBV and providing tools to prevent, recognize and counter it, the three training sessions carried out in Bucharest started by exploring the definition of this peculiar kind of violence, its forms, causes and consequences. Afterwards, a judicial-institutional insight provided the participants with knowledge about national and international law concerning GBV, the rights of people who suffered from it and the responsible institutions and services for victims. Lastly, the third session of the training focused on capacity-building workshops that aimed at providing teachers with tools to understand their role in preventing and combating gender violence, to identify cases and potential victims and to organize classroom activities to discuss this delicate, crucial issue.

During the training, methods of non-formal education have been combined with discussions on different topics, encouraging participants to expose their ideas in a safe space and to debate on their prejudices and stereotypes regarding girls and boys, women and men, victims and aggressors. All the sessions had practical and interactive exercises which involved participants by stimulating their creative and teamwork skills.

The  general feedback turned out to be very positive. Indeed, all the materials were shared in electronic version with the attendees to have them as examples for classroom activities aimed at promoting gender equality and preventing GBV.

DECIDES Europe is a project co-funded by European Union’s Equality, Rights and Citizenship programme and implemented by Interarts (Spain), Trabe (Spain), Transcena (Romania) and Kvindemuseet i Danmark (Denmark).

 The kick-off meeting within the framework of the project ‘DECIDES Europe: Preventing Gender-Based Violence, the Youth’s Outlook’ – a project co-funded by the European Union- was held from the 22th to 23th November 2018 at Interarts’ headquarters in Barcelona.

The meeting allowed the project consortium to agree on the working strategy that will be implemented for the development of the 2-year project. The ‘DECIDES Europe’ project seeks to contribute to the prevention of gender-based violence (GBV) by improving awareness of young people about all forms of GBV, its causes, consequences and providing tools to prevent, recognize and counter it in three multicultural countries: Spain, Romania and Denmark.

The project will allow to develop theatre forum and visual arts workshops for young students to discuss and provide information about prevention, cultural and social aspects related to GBV. Seminars and trainings addressed to students will train them as peer educators and to teachers to increase their capacity of detecting potential victims.

DECIDES Europe was launched in September 2018 and will end in September 2020. It implemented by Interarts and Trabe (Spain), Transcena (Romania) and Kvindemuseet  (Denmark). It is co-funded by the European Union within the Equality, Rights and Citizenship program.

DECIDES Europe contributes to reduce Gender Based Violence (GBV) in three European countries, Denmark, Romania and Spain, by improving the awareness of young people about all forms of gender-based violence (GBV), its causes, consequences and by providing tools to prevent, recognize and counter it.

DECIDES Europe aims to 1) effectively contribute to a change in attitudes and behaviors of young people and their environments towards GBV, 2) Improve young people’s and teachers’ detection and identification capacities and their knowledge of GBV causes and consequences, 3) Increase the visibility and awareness about GBV, its forms, causes and consequences both inside and outside schools and 4) improve school staffs’ capacities to develop projects to detect potential cases and cooperate with other schools and relevant stakeholders.

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 encourages local authorities and schools involved to set up a common framework or protocol of action to address GBV in the educational system.

DECIDES Europe has been designed under the DECIDES Program framework. DECIDES (Cultural Rights to Promote Development and Health) is a program created by Interarts 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.

DECIDES Europe was launched in September 2018 and will end in September 2020. It implemented by Interarts and Trabe (Spain), Transcena (Romania) and Kvindemuseet i Danmark (Denmark). It is co-funded by the European Union within the Equality, Rights and Citizenship program.

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