“Time to Talk” project in the schools of the Prefecture of Drama
Friday, Oct 21

Based on the success of the trainings that took place during the previous school year with the participation of 196 students, boys and girls, and 15 accompanying professors, the “Time to Talk” project is expanding its work to the remote regions of the prefecture.

On Monday, October 24, the training of dozens of students, boys and girls, as well as their accompanying professors, from regional Senior High Schools of the Prefecture of Drama will begin as part of the “Time to Talk” project. With Ms. Sevasti Chatzifotiou, Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work of Democritus University of Thrace, as main presenter, students attended educational seminars on the emerging forms of online gender-based violence. Moreover, the website of the project (timetotalk.gr) and the online game “Change the plot/ Be a gender hero!” will be presented.

Given the difficulty of moving the students and their companions, the project team decided to hold the educational seminars in the respective Municipalities of the specific schools. In particular, the General and Vocational High Schools that we will approach are in the Municipalities of Doxato, Paranesti and Prosotsani. At a time when awareness of gender-based violence seems imperative, it is everyone’s duty to convey the message of human rights and gender equality all across our country.

“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: www.activecitizensfund.gr