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“Training to prevent and respond to sexual violence in international volunteering”

(Source: https://ied.eu/blog/combat-gender-based-violence/)

Place: Vienna, Austria – The venue is accessible for wheel chair user!
Duration: 5 days 17.-21.04.2023

Background of the project

Grenzenlos is organising international projects and intercultural exchanges for more than 70 years. In the last years, we dedicated our trainings to the topics of civil courage, human rights, peace-work and crisis management. In this training, we want to address the issue of sexual violence in international volunteering as a means to raise awareness on the topic while also empowering youth workers to be able to address cases of sexual violence in their work. As international volunteering fosters intercultural understanding and opens dialogue spaces, it is key to address sensitive topics like sexual violence from a professional and reflected perspective.
Sexual violence is prevalent all over the world. It constitutes a severe human right’s violation as it interferes with a person’s right to bodily autonomy and dignity, and discourages the participation of people – often already from vulnerable groups – in education, decision making, and civic citizenship. Sexual violence is closely linked to gender inequality as they mutually reinforce each other: “gender inequality and norms on the acceptability of violence against women are a root cause of violence against women.”

Although no global data exists on the prevalence of sexual violence in international volunteering, there is convincing evidence that young people are experiencing sexual violence in the framework of international volunteering. Especially sexual harassment is often not reported or trivialized.

In this training setting, we want to empower youth workers to open up dialogue spaces around sexual violence in a sensitive and transformative way while also working with them on how to address cases of sexual violence from a survivor centred approach.
The training will apply a non-formal learning approach. We want to enable the personal and social development for all participants through different interactive methods. The training consists of a mix of theoretical input, participatory and gender transformative methods, as well as group work.

Aims and Objectives

The training aims to

  • promote dialogue and understanding on the topic of sexual violence
  • provide tools on how to identify and address the main drivers of sexual violence
  • enable youth workers to raise awareness on sexual violence with volunteers and community members
  • from an intercultural, human rights and intersectional approach
  • identify how to include the topic in the programme cycle of international volunteering
  • empower youth workers on how to respond to cases of sexual violence, focusing on a survivor centred
  • approach try different methods on how to re-/act in public life

Who can participate?

We invite participants from organisations from EU countries (partner and program countries) to the training. We intend to host 2 participants/country.

We are happy to host participants with a physical disability or from other marginalized groups. Please reach out to see how we can make sure you can participate.

Please note that we are looking for participants who are active in your youth organization (youth workers, volunteers, staff, trainers). All participants should be

  • 18+ (no upper age limit!);
  • Engaged in the work of your organisation (as staff member, youth workers or as part of the
  • organisation’s board);
  • Experienced working with youth and facilitating trainings;
  • Able to attend the whole duration of the training course;
  • Able to work in English (if this is not possible, please let us know, if we can arrange an
  • interpreter);
  • Ready to pass the knowledge on in your organisation and train colleagues after the training.

The main working language will be English.

Application & financial support

Boarding, lodging, local transports, materials and the content of the activities are covered. Travel costs to and from the venue are covered according to the Erasmus+ (Key Action 1) real costs, based on the travel distance per participant. Travel distances must be calculated using the distance calculator supported by European Commission (Distance Calculator | Erasmus+ (europa.eu))

We request from each participant a participation fee of 50 Euro. The costs will be reduced fromyour travel reimbursement. Participants with disabilities won’t need to pay the participation fee. Please note that we refund the travel costs earliest 8 weeks after the course (in case we have received all needed invoices and boarding passes and after you have completed your mobility report) and only to the responsible organisational accounts!

For more information or registration: man.zhang@grenzenlos.or.at
Deadline for Registration: 02.02.2023