Being a sensitive, if not a taboo topic, sexual harassment is a subject that is rarely approached in youth training and education. This is why in the field of our project #NOTME we developed the workshop “Train the trainer “How to say no! Prevent gender based discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual assault!“: an innovative training which offered the participants not only the skills and knowledge on how to help young people to prevent gender inequalities, sexual harassment or assault, but also provided new tools and methods to reach youth, to lead discussions interactively, to support self-reflection and to create a safe and positive environment needed when approaching such a topic.
20 participants from all the 5 partner countries joined the workshop, which was held by Erasmus Learning Academy (add tag) in Bologna on the 6th, 7th and 8th of March, where they benefited from peer learning and experience exchange in a multicultural and multilingual environment.
During the 3 days all the participants were equally involved in reflection moments, brainstorming, role play, storytelling and many other non formal games. Theory parts and frontal teaching were followed by practical work, to assess the group understanding.
The workshop was subdivided in 5 modules, each led by a different partner:
– Recognizing forms of gender based discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault
– Profiles and characteristics of aggressor and victim
– Places and spaces where gender based discrimination and sexual harassment can occur
– Appropriate reactions and behaviours in cases of gender based discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault
– Remedies and prevention of gender based discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault
During one of the activities, the participants were asked to use their creativity and imagination to create a poster, drawing or picture to represent the topic of our training in a visual and impactful way. The results were more impressing than expected. You can have a look at them here!
This training was only the first step to a more equal society, where everyone can feel safe and express their identity freely🌈