About the Project – Boys Don’t Cry

Strategic Partnership: Boys don’t cry…? Mainstreaming Gender in Youth Work

The current Strategic Partnership appeared as a need detected among youth workers and educators to develop co-operation, foster new ideas and exchange best practices among organisations in order to transversally address gender mainstreaming in youth work. This is the direct follow up of previous training activities developed in Estonia by Trajectorya and in Catalonia by Ahead.

Through these courses it was identified the need of creating synergies among organisations to support youth work de-constructing gender roles, addressing not only femininities but as well how masculinities are constructed.

Main Objectives:
With this strategic partnership proposal we want to develop and transfer educational tools and organisational practices to de-construct gender roles and stereotypes in youth work achieving a long lasting effect beyond a single course.

The project wants to underline the transversality of gender mainstreaming, addressing the way how femininity and masculinity roles are constructed and how it affects society and youth work. For that this strategic partnership proposal addresses youth workers, trainers and educators, to develop learning tools aiming at mainstreaming gender in youth work through Human Rights Education and Non-Formal Education methodologies.

Consortium Partners:
These are the organisation-members of the consortium of this Strategic partnership:
• MTÜ Trajectorya (Estonia),
• Comitato Provinciale Arcigay Il Cassero (Italy),
• the Association of Human Rights Educators (AHEAD) (Catalonia, Spain),
• the National Institute for Social Integration (Nacionalinis socialines integracijos institutas)
• Asociatia Bumerang (Romania),
• Renaissance Institute (Turkey),
• and, Be International (Czech Republic).

Implementation of the Project:
The project describes the implementation of strategic partnership that will have a continuation in time with the implementation of several phases, which include mobility action of youth workers from each organisation, local actions implemented at community level, a potential follow up at local level and the potential planning of a long term project as a result of it’s implementation.

➢ Phase 1: Preparation and Co-ordination meeting of all partners representatives/Focal points
(April-June 2015)
➢ Phase 2: Preparation of the groups at local/national level (April-July 2015)
➢ Phase 3: Mainstreaming gender best practices and capacity building Training course (July
➢ Phase 4: Creation of the Intellectual output (August 2015 – June 2016)
➢ Phase 5: Multiplying events: development of local actions (March – June 2016)
➢ Phase 6: Evaluation and Dissemination meeting (October 2016)
➢ Phase 7: Follow up development (October 2016-…)


The Strategic partnership wants to address the following content elements:
• Gender inequalities around Europe (roles, stereotypes and prejudices in our communities)
• Exploring the Construction of Femininity and Masculinity
• Learning Competences and Key Competences
• Identity and Multiple Senses of Belonging
• Gender/Sex and socialisation
• What is Gender? (clarification concepts: sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual
• Youth Work: Mainstreaming Gender Competences
• Gender Equality (development interactive methodologies)
• Methodological Tools Mainstreaming Gender (Exchange of best practices)
• Violences and Inequalities
• Human Rights Education. Working on gender in formal and non-formal education settings
• Competences and role of human rights educators in mainstreaming gender in youth work
• Follow up and impact at community level (planning the local actions)
• Other elements that may appear along the process

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