Youth Participation and Gender Equality
Euro-Arab training course on Youth Participation and Gender Equality
The Euro-Arab Training Course on Youth Participation and Gender Equality aims to support the development and implementation of youth work or youth policy practices based on a meaningful youth participation and gender equality. The training course, as part of the Euro-Arab intercultural dialogue activities, brings together 30 youth leaders, youth workers and public employees to explore ways how young people participate in the decision-making processes and in other forms of social and political participation. A specific emphasis will be placed on gender equality, notably how to secure gender equality in youth participation and how participatory approaches can enable (better) gender equality.
The training course was agreed by the League of Arab States and the Council of Europe during the 6th Arab-European youth forum held in Fez, Morocco in 2017. Youth participation and gender equality are shared goals to many partners of the Euro-Arab youth cooperation. Both themes are also sometimes at the centre of tensions and challenges to dialogue, notably by the concerns that are sometimes addressed in tokenistic ways. Learning together about how they are perceived and promoted in youth policy and youth work is also a relevant to way to engage in dialogue and meaningful cooperation.
About the activity
The training course is based on the “50-50” model as a way to support youth organisations and public authorities to work together in developing and implementing youth policy strategies and approaches. The “50-50” training courses are educational activities where half of the participants come from youth organisations and the other half from public institutions.
The course in Qatar focuses on ways to increase meaningful youth participation based on the principles of the Council of Europe Revised Charter on the Participation of Young People in Local and Regional Life and relevant similar dispositions in the Arab region, more specifically by looking into how young people participate in the decision-making processes and in other forms of social and political participation. A specific emphasis will be placed on gender equality, notably how to secure gender equality in youth participation and how participatory approaches can enable (better) gender equality. The role of human rights education – as proposed in Compass, the manual for human rights education with young people – will be specifically addressed.
The aim of this course is to enable and to motivate participants to develop and implement youth work or youth policy practices that support meaningful forms of youth participation and gender equality in a context of Euro-Arab intercultural dialogue.
The objectives of the course are the following:
- 1. To introduce the Council of Europe, the League of Arab States and the State of Qatar’s work and existing standards and mechanisms that support youth participation and gender equality
- 2. To establish common understanding of gender equality and gender based discrimination
- 3. To foster intercultural dialogue that enables participants to identify common challenges, areas of cooperation and advocacy in promoting youth participation and gender equality
- 4. To explore practices of meaningful youth participation and understand how it empowers young people
- 5. To reflect how the training course outcomes can be transferred within participants’ organisations/institutions and in their daily activities
The activity is co-organised by the Council of Europe Youth Department and the League of Arab States, in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and Sports of the State of Qatar.