“Time to Talk” in Oneiroupoli of Drama
Wednesday, Dec 14

On Tuesday 13/12/2022, prevention actions against violence were carried out in Oneiroupoli by the “Time to Talk” project team. Students, boys and girls, of the 1st and 14th Primary School met at the exhibition house of Drama Ladies Union to be informed and gain awareness on the promotion of gender equality and the fight against violence.

Through experiential games, we were able to discover our personal space and our personal limits with our little friends. We also learned how to distinguish when we feel comfortable with someone coming to our personal space and when someone violates it and we need to ask for help.

This action will be organized every Tuesday in the exhibition house of Drama Ladies Union-House of Open Hospitality so that more and more schools may be informed and activated in the promotion of gender equality.

In addition, with the actions organized at schools, volunteers are every day at the exhibition house of Drama Ladies Union-House of Open Hospitality to inform people passing by for its work, actions, but also for its website and the online game “Change the plot. Be a gender hero”.

The public response is heartwarming, whereas the messages written down at the “Time to Talk” guest book reveal the need for people to communicate messages of hope, encouragement and love to women experiencing violence: “It always seems impossible until it happens. You are not alone. Speak. Don’t be afraid”. “You deserve more and better things in your life. Don’t give up”.

“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 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: www.activecitizensfund.gr