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Gender Matters - A manual on addressing gender-based violence affecting young people

ISBN 978-92-871-6393-6

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Gender Matters is a manual aimed to assist educators and youth leaders work on issues of gender and gender-based violence with young people. This publication presents theoretical information, methods and resources for education and training activities, along with concrete exercises that users can put into practice in their daily work.

Violence is a serious issue which directly affects the lives of many young people. It often results in lasting damage to their well-being and integrity, putting even their lives at risk. Gender-based violence, including violence against women, remains a key human rights challenge in contemporary Europe and in the world.

Working with young people on human rights education is one way of preventing gender-based violence from occurring. By raising awareness on why and how it manifests and exploring its impact on people and in society, gender-based violence will no longer go undetected.

Gender really does matter, to women, to men, to young people - to all of us. This manual serves to explore these human rights issues and act upon them.



1. Approaching gender

1.1 Why is it so important to consider gender?
1.2 What is gender?
1.2.1 Ideas of gender
1.2.2 Gender and sex
1.2.3 Discussing gender
1.3 Gender and socialisation
1.3.1 Living in society
1.3.2 Approaches to socialisation
1.3.3 Gendering
1.3.4 Gender and sexuality
1.3.5 Gender and inequality
1.4 Masculinities
1.4.1 Case study: The context of young men’s lives in Northern Ireland
1.5 Politics of gender: movements for a more equal society
1.5.1 Women’s movements
1.5.2 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Movements
1.5.3 Mens’ groups and Boys’ groups

2. Gender-based violence

2.1 Introduction
2.2 What is violence?
2.2.1 Aggression and violence
2.2.2 Abuse and violent incidents
2.2.3 Violence in the public and private sphere
2.3 Types of Violence
2.4 Gender-based violence in a human rights framework
2.5 Gender-based violence against LGBT
2.6 Domestic violence or violence in intimate relationships
2.6.1 Domestic violence in LGBT relationships
Endnotes for Chapter 2

3. Mobilising against gender inequality and gender-based violence

3.1 Gender in youth work: perspectives and challenges
3.1.1 Gender in youth work practices
3.2 Gender mainstreaming in youth training and youth projects
3.2.1 Gender mainstreaming
3.2.2 Gender mainstreaming and gender equality
3.2.3 Guidelines and instruments for gender mainstreaming
3.2.4 Gender mainstreaming in training
3.2.5 Ethics and competence in gender training
3.3 Taking action against gender-based violence
3.3.1 Identifying whether forms of gender-based violence are present in your youth organisation or group
3.3.2 Youth groups and work in broader coalitions
Endnotes for Chapter 3

4. Exercises addressing gender and gender-based violence with young people

4.1 Working with gender and gender-based violence in the context of (non-formal) education with young people
4.2 Human Rights Education – an educational approach
4.2.1 Knowledge, skills, attitudes and values supporting human rights education
4.2.2 Experiential learning – a basis for human rights education
4.2.3 Facilitating human rights education in various settings
4.3 Using the Exercises
4.3.1 Choosing exercises
4.3.2 Key to the presentation of the exercises
4.3.3 Advice for the facilitation of the exercises presented in this manual
4.4 List of activities
Expectations and demands
Gaining Status
Gender Confusion
Good, Better, Best
Just Once
Kati’s story
Listen Closely
Media Bash
Safety in my life
Sex sells?
Spaces and Places
The knight on the white horse
Too Hard to Ask
What to do
4.4.1 General exercises for single sex groups

5. Appendices - International Legal Human Rights Instruments Related to Gender-Based Violence

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Summary)
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
The European Convention on Human Rights (Simplified Version)
Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women - CEDAW (Summary)
Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women - CEDAW