On the 6th and 7th November, the 2nd Transnational Partner Meeting of the European Commission Justice Programme funded SAFER project took place at the offices of the Institute of Child Education and Psychology, Europe in Maynooth Business Campus, Ireland.
The objectives of the SAFER Project are to tackle gender-based violence (GBV) against children by raising awareness of the prevalence of this issue, encouraging the reporting of incidents of GBV or discrimination, and building resilience and personal strengths in primary school students. A training programme will be developed for primary schools which will help to equip teachers with the knowledge and skills required to educate children about GBV, promote gender equality, challenge existing gender stereotypes, and ultimately reduce gender-based discrimination and violence.
During the 2nd meeting of the SAFER Consortium, quantitative and qualitative research results of Cyprus, Greece, Ireland, Italy and Lithuania on gender-based violence were presented and discussed in depth. Moreover, discussions were also held in relation to the next steps involved in the development of the SAFER training materials, the primary aim of which will be to increase awareness around the issue of gender equality and adopt a proactive, preventative approach towards gender-based discrimination and violence across each of the partner countries.
During the research phase of the programme, primary school principals and teachers have displayed considerable willingness and enthusiasm to assist in the identification of the priority educational gaps related to gender based violence issues. Key policy makers/influencers in the areas of education and equality have also been of central to the generation of key data relating to the topic of gender-based discrimination/violence across each of the partner countries, and the input of these individuals has been particularly helpful in building a better understanding around the social-economic implications of this issue among members of the SAFER consortium.
The enthusiasm, teamwork and insight of all consortium partners have been crucial in ensuring the successful development of the project to this point. The SAFER consortium consists of partners from: Cyprus (SPAVO, Institute of Development and GrantXpert Consulting), Ireland (ICEP Europe), Lithuania (Vilnius University), Greece (HAPPSY), ?taly (CESIE) and the United Kingdom (YouAct).
If you are interested in becoming involved with the SAFER project or wish to obtain more information regarding the project itself, please do not hesitate to contact Stephen Smith (Researcher, ICEP Europe) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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