On this training course, which took place in a charming small village of Laguepie, France, participants from different countries went deeper into the topics of gender equality.
Promoting Rights and Opportunities to Understand Diversity – The training started with introduction and “getting to know to each other”- games and team building activities to create the good atmosphere for the 6-day training. From the beginning, the feeling between all participants was good and more days went by, closer the team became. What made the whole connection between the participants stronger was the open minded space to discuss somewhat a bit hard topics about gender equality. Even the topic is huge and contains many different subjects; the training covered a lot of new knowledge for most of the participants, even for the ones who were more familiar with the topic before the training.
“Before participating the training, I was quite familiar with the topic in a theoretical way. However, I was struggling a lot when I was thinking about how to put all this knowledge into practice. With this training, I had the chance to come up with ideas for different groups of people; we did very good activities that we can adopt to various groups.”
– Rabia from Turkey
“I have quite an extensive knowledge about the topis because since three years ago I started studying gender studies, also since I started university (when I was 18 now I’m 25) I started participating in the feminist movement and working with young people working about gender equality and diversity.” – Júlia from Catalonia
The training included various methods and activities to discuss and practice gender equality. Participants told some activities that they found most useful:
“I found “the walk of privilege”, “fairy tale” and “steps of violence” exercises most useful. I definitely will use this gained knowledge in my future camps. All of these activities gave me the inspiration to modify them according to the level of the group and apply them. By using non-formal education methods, people will be more aware of the gender related issues going on around them and most importantly, they will have the necessary motivation to act while facing with gender-related violence.” – Rabia from Turkey
“The dynamic activities were really useful since I can use them with teenagers, youngster and adults to make them reflect, I found them really interesting, for example, the walk of privilege or the consent activity. I’ll promote the use of these activities in Catalan work camps.” – Júlia from Catalonia
The whole training floated in the sun and interesting conversations. As there were participants from many different countries, it was interesting to hear different point of views of the topics.
“For me, the most remarkable moments were when we were talking about our own experiences in our countries. After having some reflection about the day and the topics such as gender roles, stereotypes, violence or feminism; we were relating all that we have done during the day with our daily experiences and it was perfect to see the similarities and differences between different countries and cultures. “ – Rabia from Turkey
“Personally, when I met the group of participants, I found it was a bigger group than I expected and surprisingly everyone was participating in the debates. “ – Júlia from Catalonia
The project was coordinated by the ALLIANCE Gender Equality Working Group and organized by SolidaritésJeunesses in Association Citrus in Laguépie, France. On the training, 26 participants from 13 different organizations over Europe created a practical guide for gender equality. The guide is designed to use for work camp leaders, facilitators and other trainers.