International Study Session on Gender- Tirana

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From 12-17 February, a group of 25 participants from more than 11 countries met in Tirana, Albania for an International Study Session on Gender. The study session was the first activity of Gendered Realities, a year-long project within SCI aiming to contribute to a better understanding of the 'gendered realities' of our work and activities, and to take practical measures to improve them. The project is funded under the European Youth Foundation's annual Work Plan, and the study session was co-funded by UNESCO's Participation Programme.

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The study session lasted 5 days. Participants had time to explore the topic of gender in detail, finding common understandings of key terms and concepts. With this as a basis, the group went on to discuss common experiences of gender-based discrimination and inequality within the context of volunteering. These conversations fed into methods for creating a 'safe space' in our activities.

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To explore the specific context of the Albanian reality, the group went on study visits to two local organisations: an LGBTQI+ Centre and a Centre for Victims of Trafficking. They were able to discuss local issues in more depth during these visits. A guest speaker also offered insight into how gender roles are defined in parts of the Balkans, through history until today, through the study of 'Sworn Virgins'.

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Participants then worked on the following resources:

  • Input on the gender toolkit, 'Free to be You and Me', which will be finalised and made available in coming months;
  • Creation of a new assessment tool for participants/ volunteers, which will be used to research common problem areas in SCI activities; 
  • Editing a self-assessment tool for organisations, developed by SCI Catalunya;
  • Development of ideas for local follow-up activities.

Applications for local action proposals on the topic of gender are closed. The call can be found here. Follow the Project updates for more information.

For any questions or comments, contact Kerry at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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