Counteracting sexual violence and harassment

engaging Youth in Schools in digital education on Gender Stereotyping.

Violence against women is an issue common to many societies worldwide. One in three women in the European Union have suffered physical or sexual violence at least once in their lifetime. Young women are particularly vulnerable also due to the access to new media combined with the deviant understanding of gender roles.

Can awareness-raising on gender stereotypes and on the sexualisation of women in digital media support the prevention of sexual violence and harassment against women and girls? The CONVEY project sets out to answer this question.

Through the development of an online game and the implementation of a training programme for teachers and students of secondary schools, the project will aim to foster the respect of women’s rights and to change the behaviour of young people that reinforces gender stereotypes and leads to gender violence.

 The project implementation started on September 1st 2016 through the work of the experienced project partners: Gender Alternatives Foundation (Bulgaria), Hope for Children (Cyprus), The Smile of the Child (Greece), Sexual Violence Centre Cork (Ireland), Westminster City Council (UK).

The project is funded by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programmer of the DG Justice and Consumers of the European Union.

In the next 2.5 years, CONVEY will develop an online game, a pilot programme for teachers and 14-18 year-old people, policy recommendations for key educational and policy stakeholders, and a Social Awareness Campaign against sexual violence and sexual harassment. Throughout the project, a longitudinal research will be conducted to measure the impact of the project and the behaviour change in the young people involved in the activities.

 

Source: European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, 2014. Violence against

Women: an EU-wide survey.

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