Gender equality has been an essential issue to keep the discussion alive on in order to build consolidated society which guarantees equal access to different opportunities, as well as increases participation of all genders in political and economic life. It is a prerequisite for sustainable development.
In spite of many efforts, especially transgender people in Europe and globally still face complex barriers and discrimination due to their gender. The key factors of intolerance and stigmatization is lack of education among young people on human sexuality and gender mainstreaming.
The project ‘Together We Are Power!’ has been designed to foster idea of gender equality through informal education and thus boost knowledge and skills of young people on gender equality and sexual orientations; discuss problems of equality treatment between man and woman; promote gender equality beyond the EU, especially in the Post Soviet countries; generate ideas and exchange views how to combat intolerant attitudes towards LGBTQ society in Europe through youth work; organize discussions on global diversity and set informal network as a follow up. It’s been focused to give young people better understanding that gender equality is, first and foremost a cornerstone of the human rights. Europe Our House is a penholder of the project. It was implemention with the support of Youth In Action programme of the European Union under the action 3.1.
The project ‘Together We Are Power!’, which took place in Kobuleti, Adjarian region of Georgia, comprised: the seminars session, presentations and cultural programs. It started on June 8, 2014 and lasted for 8 days. June 15 was a day of departure. Europe Our House was a Hosting organization.
Seminars sessions covered theoretical parts on LGBTQ issues and gender in general, as well as exercises and role games such as a theater of oppressed. Moreover couple of videos depicting ceratin case scenarious were played to provoke discussions among participants. Theoretical parts were delivered by experts. The participants made presentations on gender equality and LGBTQ rights. Apart from it the participants planned and organized two intercultural dinners on June 9 and June 10. Facilitators had to make a small research on each and every participating country in order to introduce them to their peer colleagues later during the cultural dinner.
The participants came from the following countries:Georgia, Slovakia, UK, Bulgaria, Netherlands, Cyprus, Latvia, Italy, Armenia, Moldova, Estonia,Spain, Belarus. Total number of participants was 42.