DECIDES Europe has released on its website three videos that document the experiences of the participants in the cultural workshops organized on the issue of gender-based violence in youth. 

As part of the DECIDES Europe project, a series of cultural workshops were held in Spain, Romania, and Denmark to discuss gender-based violence, through forum theatre and visual arts, with young people. Now, the videos have been released as a tool for teachers, students, artists, and experts. The videos are available in Spanish, Danish, Romanian, on the project’s website.  

There are two videos about the forum theatre workshops organized in 3 classes, with 15 young students each, one in a school Madrid and in a school in Barcelona (Spain) and another in Bucharest (Romania)In the words of one of the students from the El Brot school in Madrid through theatre and with these scenes, whether you watch, or you perform them, afterwards you will recognize them in real life. If you experience or witness them at some point, you will identify and recognize the issue and prevent it from happening. Because you will think: “I’ve already seen this in forum theatre” and you will remember and say: “this is violence” and you will be able to avoid it and move away from it”. 

The third video summarizes the experience of the visual arts workshops held by Kvindemuseet (Women’s Museum) in Aarhus, Denmark, which involved the participation of over 80 students, and culminated in an exhibition titled STOP – Youngsters’ perspective on genderbased violence. “In Denmark, we often have that attitude that we are equal, and we are liberated, and that it is not a problem here in Denmark. But there are actually a lot of issues around gender-based violence,” says Anna Kathrine Svenning, Head of Education at Kvindemuseet 

In the next weeks, a handout will be published explaining the methodologies that have been used in the forum theatre workshops. It will be available for schools and other stakeholders to replicate the experience and execute their own workshops. 

The DECIDES Europe consortium remains hard at work amidst the current difficult situation. It is implemented by Interarts and Trabe (Spain), Transcena (Romania) and Kvindemuseet i Danmark (Denmark). It is co-financed by the Equality, Rights and Citizenship program of the European Union.  

From 9 to 13 March, the almost 80 boys and girls that participated in the DECIDES Europe artistic workshops travelled to Aarhus for the project’s third and last exchange activity. During one week, students from the Bernat Metge Institute in Barcelona, El Brot in Madrid (Spain), the Matei Basarab College in Bucharest (Romania) and the Eriksminde Efterskole in Aarhus (Denmark) shared experiences and opinions about their work on the issue of gender-based violence prevention.

Many activities were organized during the week: debates, workshops, a visit to the Kvindemuseet i Danmark (Danish Women’s Museum) and even a visit to Eriksminde Efterskole to see how the students’ daily life. Two of these activities were highlighted: the “Sexism also parties” forum theatre performance by the girls and boys of Barcelona; and the exhibition “STOP! – Youngsters’ perspectives on Gender-Based violence” at the Women’s Museum by the Danish students.

Congratulations to all of them for a job well done!

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

On the occasion of Women’s Day, on 8 March, the girls and boys of the INS Bernat Metge will premiere their play “Sexism also parties”, created within the framework of the DECIDES Europe project.

The play addresses the issue of gender-based violence through various everyday scenes and how to counter them; the labels, gender roles or social pressure to which girls are subjected.

The play will be performed in for the students from other schools in the San Martí district and it is also part of the billboard of the Teatre DistrictArt Festival, which will be held on 26 and 27 June.

The project and the play have aroused the interest of some media:

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

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.