Exchange Visits for School Students to prevent gender-based violence

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.