Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) is one of the most serious causes of injury and death among women around the world. It is widely recognised that patriarchal societies and gender stereotypes are two of the root causal factors of IPV.
Effective primary prevention of IPV can be achieved via interventions aiming to prevent the establishment of or to modify already established stereotypical perceptions of gender roles, as well as to shape those beliefs that are essential for the development of healthy intimate relationships. The ideal setting to implement such interventions targeting the general population of pupils is the educational setting.
The Gender Equality Awareness Raising (GEAR) project intends to contribute to primary prevention of IPV through a school-based intervention aiming to raise awareness and deconstruct the endorsed gender stereotypes of both high school students and teachers. Students of both genders will be called upon, through the suitable and age-appropriate awareness raising material that will be developed, to assess and challenge their culturally “inherited” stereotypes and to approach the differences between genders as individual differences rather than as characteristics of superiority of one gender over the other.
As teachers, like the rest of society, have their own perceptions on gender roles, they will also be trained on issues of gender stereotyping and their links to IPV with a view to recognize that their behaviour may reflect stereotyped role models.
They will also be trained on IPV issues and provided with the appropriate skills to enable them to operate as multipliers via educating students.
Beneficiaries of the project will be high school teachers and students of both genders. Approximately 210 teachers will be trained based on the developed material who, in their turn, will implement the GEAR Program in 30 school classes (~750 adolescents, 14-16 years old) in 3 EU countries. In the long term, ultimate beneficiaries will be young people who will relate to each other in a healthier way and women who will benefit from having more respect from others and towards themselves.
Project’s main activities:
  • development of educational material and guidelines based on a previous Daphne project and existing relevant material that will be reviewed
  • adaptation and translation of the material into partners’ languages and national contexts
  • conduct Teachers’ Training Seminars
  • implementation of IPV awareness-raising workshops in high schools
  • evaluation of the developed material and the project’s implementation
  • dissemination of project’s outputs Nationally & EU-wide (Website, CDs).
Expected results of the project are: a) development and dissemination of the culturally adapted and evaluated Gender Equality Awareness Raising Packages, b) students’ awareness raising on the harmful effects of gender stereotyping, c) adolescents sensitized on gender stereotypes, the process of deconstructing them and develop safe & healthy relationships with zero tolerance towards violence, d) increased possibilities for adolescents to disclose when violence incidences occur, e) improvement of teachers’ understanding on gender stereotyping, their links to IPV & early signs, f) build teachers’ capacity on using the developed material and implementing the GEAR project in schools.
  1. A Master GEAR Package for students’ awareness raising workshops and teachers’ training seminars, consisted of 4 booklets (Teacher’s Manual, Guidelines, Student’s Handouts, etc.) in English
  2. Four National GEAR Packages, culturally adapted, evaluated and available in 4 languages
  3. Teachers’ Training Seminars in 3 countries
  4. Evaluation of the Seminars, the developed material & GEAR Workshops
  5. Awareness Raising Workshops with high school students conducted in 3 countries
  6. Website
  7. CDs, bookmarks, project’s leaflet
  8. Four Reports on the project’s activities
  9. Project's Final Report an External Evaluation Report.