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Atbalsti MARTU


84839

To build capacity in the field of working with youth
19.03.2018


Project implementation phase: 01.01.2018. – 31.12.2020.

Project implementation area: Riga, Riga District, Vidzeme, Latgale, Zemgale, Kurzeme.

Project partners: MADARA Skincare; Schools, youth centres and other educational institutions in Latvia.

Project funded by: OAK Foundation


Project aims:

1. To build capacity in the field of working with youth (ages 13 – 16) with the aim to recognize and prevent psychological, physical and sexual violence towards and among children and youth.
Activities:

  • Formative research with the aim to understand – how gender concepts impact violence among and towards young girls and boys (ages 13 -16). Participatory learning and action will be based on focus groups of those young girls and boys (ages 13-16) who took part in club activities within previous project.
  • Conduct participatory campaign development activities with young girls and boys (ages 13- 16) in schools, youth centres and foster homes to develop messaging and design materials.
  • Adaptation and development of program tools.
  • Conduct training sessions with trainers from school, youth centres and foster homes, where the project is implemented, on the methodology developed and improve associated skills for the prevention of violence among and towards young girls and boys (ages 13 – 16).
  • Piloting the methodology in schools, youth centres and foster homes


2. To reduce risk factors for youth (ages 13-16) to become a victim or a perpetrator of psychological, physical and sexual violence by developing knowledge, skills and attitudes for youth needed to recognize, react and prevent violence toward them and among them using the gender transformative approach for tackling the underlying social norms that drive violence.

Activities:

  • Create Youth Forum (consisting form 15 - 20 young girls and boys, ages 13 – 16);
  • Conduct group education sessions (youth clubs) with young girls and boys (ages 13 – 16) in various schools, youth centres and foster homes of Latvia;
  • Conduct an evaluation research about effects of methodology used in group education sessions. Research would include interviews and surveys of young girls and boys (ages 13-16) to measure changes of behaviour, attitudes and knowledge before and after taking part in youth club sessions.
  • A research of sexual bullying and abuse among young girls and boys (ages 13 – 16) in educational institutions of Latvia. Research which will serve as the basis on other activities.


3. To create and implement community-based interventions – particularly those focusing on men –with the aim to raise awareness of sexual exploitation and sexual abuse towards and among children and young people, defining needed changes in the law system of Latvia and empowering zero tolerance towards violence (including victim blaming phenomena) against and among children and youth.

Activities:

  • Organize national level conference with the aim to show results and impact of the project, build networks among engaged institutions and strengthen advocacy processes of all actors involved.
  • Conduct activities of “Man’s forum” informative environment to problematize and discuss violence against and among youth as a central not marginal problem of society, through discussing human rights, gender equality, and masculinity and femininity concepts.
  • Continue participation in ongoing work as advisers in the Council of Demography and other related institutions.
  • Take part in the process of devising the Public Media Law and Ethical codes.
  • Taking part in devising the strategic plan for sex crime prevention against minors.
  • Continued advocacy efforts to support the Latvian Ministry of Welfare in order to ratify the Istanbul Convention; continued efforts to educate the police and legislative professionals on efficient implementation of the said Convention.Continued advocacy for Latvia to devise Cohabitation law to protect cohabiting persons and their children.
  • Continued efforts to support development of methodology for police and social workers, others while intervening in case of violence to prevent repetition of crime.
 


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