On the 26th of March 2012, the Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS) organized an event in the context of the project 'Youth4Youth: Empowering Young People in Preventing Gender-based Violence through Peer Education’, funded by the European Commission Daphne III Programme. The event celebrated the participation of secondary school students in a series of training workshops organized by MIGS in the context of the aforementioned project on topics such as bullying, gender-based violence in intimate adolescent relationships, gender identities and the mass media as well as training in peer education methods.
The event provided the opportunity for the students to present their own experiences and reflections on the workshops to the public. The event was initiated with an opening address by the Commissioner for Rights of Children, Ms Leda Koursoumba, who stressed the importance of acknowledging and incorporating the gender dimension in educational activities with children and adolescents, particularly in relation to youth violence. She thanked and congratulated MIGS for its initiative, and expressed her support for the continuation such activities in secondary schools in Cyprus.
The students presenting during the event represented three schools that are formally participating in the project including the GC School of Careers, Pallouriotissa lyceum and the Lyceum of Ethomartyra Kyprianou in Strovolos. The event ended with the presentation of a song written by students from the GC Schools of Careers, entitled ‘Psaxe’ (‘Search’), which was inspired by the topics address during the workshops.
During the event posters of the students who participated in the project were exhibited which included key messages on raising awareness about gender-based violence among young people. In this way, the students aimed to creatively express their thoughts and reflect on issues pertaining to gender roles and GBV within Cypriot society.
Blog – 27/3/2012