The 2nd educational seminars cycle against gender-based violence was completed
Friday, Dec 09

120 people attended the 2nd cycle120 people attended the 2nd cycle

On Monday 28/11/2022 with the participation of the General Senior High School and Vocational High School of Prosotsani the educational seminars of the “Time to Talk” project team were completed, which aimed at promoting gender equality and combating gender-based violence.

The seminar was held with the courtesy of the multi-purpose hall of the Municipality of Prosotsani. The project team, along with Ms. Sevasti Chatzifotiou, Associate Professor of Social Work in the Department of Social Work of Democritus University of Thrace, discussed with the 32 students, boys and girls, who were accompanied by their professors, about gender equality and stereotypical perceptions that are perpetuated to this day regarding the social roles of the two genders. The discussion was based on the following axes: Description and explanation of the types of gender-based violence, guidelines on the role of a witness in a gender-based violence incident and presentation of the “Time to Talk” project and its website.

Upon completion of the contribution of Ms. Chatzifotiou, the students had the chance to play the online game “Change the plot. Be a gender hero!”, and we discussed in small groups our concerns and good practices for preventing and promoting gender equality.

With this seminar, the interventions in schools of the Prefecture of Drama were completed. In October and November 2022, 120 people in total (students, boys and girls, along with their professors) attended experiential seminars, got informed and activated in the fights against gender-based violence. This cycle was the second intervention cycle in schools, whereas the first one was held in April-May 2022 with the Senior High Schools of the Municipality of Drama. In total, 14 training seminars were held in both cycles, which were attended by 365 people.

“Time to Talk” aims at promoting gender equality and safeguarding human rights. In particular, the staff of Drama Ladies Union-House of Open Hospitality and the Mental Health Sciences of the social services of the Prefecture of Drama took part in two trainings organized by the Norwegian organization “Alternative to violence” on managing people who have experienced any kind of violence, but also those who have exercised violence. Furthermore, a university research was carried out on the emerging forms of online gender-based violence in the University of West Attica, University of Peloponnese and Democritus University of Thrace.

“Time to Talk” is implemented in the context of the Active citizens fund program, with Drama Ladies Union-House of Open Hospitality as implementation body. The €13.5 million Active Citizens Fund program is funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway and is part of the European Economic Area (EEA) financial mechanism for the period 2014 – 2021, known as EEA Grants. The program aims at fortifying and strengthening the sustainability of civil society and at highlighting its role in promoting democratic processes, strengthening citizens’ participation in society and defending human rights. The management of the grant of the Active Citizens Fund program for Greece has been jointly undertaken by the Bodossaki Foundation and SolidarityNow. For more information: