Open Call for participants — Let's talk! Training on Sexual Health, Gender, and Human Rights education

Youth Peace Ambassadors
Jul 12 · 6 min read

Have you ever faced a taboo? Or did you ever want to talk about what sex is, its social consequences or how to speak without feeling guilty or embarrassed? Wondered if and how this topic is tackled in youth work?

Even if you are an experienced youth worker and young leader, you may lack the knowledge, tools and resources to tackle more sensitive (taboo) topics and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) talks. How do you address the issue of consent in a group of young people? Do you have an understanding of how gender roles or other cultural norms play a role in the dynamics of the groups? Do you know which tools to use?

The Youth Peace Ambassadors Network (YPAN) in cooperation with Libre-pensadores de la Sierra de Madrid (LPS) invites you to discover tools that will guide you towards a more inclusive society.. That is why we created:

Let’s Talk!

Training on Sexual health, Gender and Human Rights education.

What is this? A 5-day training course to talk about human rights education, sexual education, health and gender.

Who? 28 participants from: Spain, Bulgaria, Belarus, the Netherlands, Greece, Germany, Portugal, Belgium, Lithuania, France, Italy and Poland

When? From the 25th of September — 1st of October 2021 (including travel days)
Where? Cercedilla, Madrid, Spain
Deadline: 15th August 2021
Application form: Link

WHY THIS PROJECT?

The YPA Network is and informal network experienced in promoting local and international peace building activities by young people around Europe. Though youth work, YPAN has tackled issues of gender equality, preventing discrimination and hate speech and much more. As YPAN, we feel the need to tackle health promotion and SRHR in youth work, as an interdisciplinary domain in our activities.

AIM → To foster critical thinking and equip youth workers, trainers and youth leaders with competences and tools to address challenges of young people in the field of sexual and reproductive rights by developing set of resources linking the areas of gender, sexuality, and human rights to be further used in the peace education in Europe.

WITH AN AIM… COME THE OBJECTIVES

● to explore and analyse existing sexual and reproductive rights issues in Europe and build a clear picture on how those challenges are impacting youth and peace education including obstacles to access health services, information, education and discrimination;

● to create safe space for youth workers to develop skill of critical thinking needed to build compassionate and just societies by exploring power dynamics, gender inequalities and violence linked to SHRH and peace education;

● To develop the capacity of young people to multiply knowledge and skills to advocate for their rights to dignity, equality, and responsible, satisfying, and healthy sexual lives;

● to increase the competences of youth workers in the field of raising awareness on gender equality and SRHR;

● to provide youth workers with resources and tools to include SRHR in their work in human rights and peace education as a way to prevent violence and develop culture of peace;

● To establish a working group to develop a set of resources for peace curriculum development linking the areas of gender, sexuality, and human rights;

● to develop the guidelines for youth organisations in the fields of SRHR in peace education (or projects). The guidelines aim to be evidence-based, comprehensive, user-friendly, based on YPAN core values, gender- sensitive and culturally appropriate.

ARE YOU WILLING TO…?

  • Join a group with an open mind, ready to take action, seeking for constructive learning, and willing to be changemakers
  • Create a community with respect, love and “sharing is caring” mood
  • Show your best skills to others, offer an ear to hear and questions to ask
  • Find what “outside the box” really means
  • Believe that youth is part of the change
  • Have the time to meet cool people with a thousand stories to share
  • Participate in the 5 days of the training and experience the nonformal education methods

THEN YOU ARE PERFECT FOR THIS PROJECT! (Apply here)

BESIDES, IF YOU …

  • prefer not to be in an environment where ideas and values are discussed and challenged (in a safe environment)
  • are looking for a formal training which provides formal education and recognition
  • are not able to commit for the whole duration of the training and you cannot be present a full time training course

Then we recommend you to read “Guideline on sexuality education” and publication on “Sexual and Reproductive Rights”.

We work in surrounded by nature — Most of our activities will be done in the outsides :)

HOW WE WORK (we try to be different)

Training course will be based on the principles of non-formal education: it will have a planned programme of personal and social education for young people designed to improve a range of skills and competencies, outside the formal educational curriculum.

We will implement the basic elements of the non-formal education, such as the education being voluntary, organized with educational objectives, participatory and learner-centred, about learning life skills and preparing for active citizenship, based on involving both individual and group learning with a collective approach, holistic and process-oriented, as well as based on experience and action (we will plan the follow-up activities) and starts from the needs of the participants.

COSTS, WHAT IS THAT?

We believe in one thing, the power of peace education and the right for all to have an opportunity. That is why, thanks to the ERASMUS+ scheme, we are able to provide this training for you for FREE.

We will be able to reimburse you your travel to Madrid + Antigen test with a limit of:
- Bulgaria, Belarus, Greece, Lithuania, Poland — 360 euros
- The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, France, Italy— 275 euros
- Portugal — 180 euros
- Spain — 20 euros

AND… WHO ARE WE?
Youth Peace Ambassadors Network

The Youth Peace Ambassadors Network (YPAN) is an informal network of 87 young peacebuilders from across Europe who work with and in conflict affected communities.

Majority of the members of the network are trained on human rights, non-formal education and conflict transformation by the Council of Europe in the long term project (2011–2014).

Our Mission: The YPA Network wants to develop a culture of peace by empowering young people, promoting human rights, dignity, equality and respect of diversity through education, advocacy and other non-violent actions through projects at local and international level.

As YPA Network we promote local and international peacebuilding activities by young people around Europe.

Libre Pensadores

The Association Libre-pensadores de la sierra de Madrid (LPS) is a cultural organization managed by young people from the north-west of Madrid region. The organization aims to the promotion of participative processes inclusive with youngsters and the spread of culture of respect, human rights advocacy and democratic values. The organization activities started in 2013 taking action from then in more than 30 events, workshops and actions in Spain and other European countries (The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Portugal and the UK).

Our Partners in this project:

-Snts Mladezhki I Grazhdanski Initsiativi Rozavata Dolina — Bulgaria
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Consultation Centre for Contemporary International Practices and Their Implementation in Law Human Constanta — Belarus
-Casa Qui — Associação de Solidariedade Social — Portugal
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European Initiative for Youth Empowerment, Mindfulness and Wellbeing “GO Alive” — Greece
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VSI ‘’Misko istorijos’’ — Lithuania
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Youth Peace Ambassadors Network France — France
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Take Action Belgium — Belgium
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Peace Up! — Verein für Friedenspädagogik und gewaltfreier Konflikttransformation — Germany
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Youth Peace Ambassadors Network Poland — Poland
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Centro Studi Sereno Regis — Italy
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Stichting Digg Out — the Netherlands

DEADLINE… 15th of August 2021!
Apply here

Application results: to be announced on 20th of August!

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CONTACT

José B. Sevillano — Project coordinator: association.lps.madrid@gmail.com

YPAN: youthpeaceambassadors@gmail.com

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LET'S TALK! is a project financed by the European Union’s Erasmus+ Programme.

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