"GEM: Gender Equality Matters - Tackling Gender-based Violence": a new project for KMOP, funded by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Program of the European Union.

The focus of GEM is two-fold. Firstly, there is a general need to educate school-aged children, parents and teachers and school heads in relation to gender-based violence. A second focus of GEM is violence prevention concerning a group who are identified as vulnerable because of their sexual or gender identity (perceived or actual).

GEM project aims to raise awareness, challenge attitudes and promote behaviour changes in relation to gender-based violence generally, and with specific reference to violence perpetrated against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community, in Greece, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands and Spain through meaningful awareness-raising, capacity-building and training for children, parents and educators to develop school self-evaluation tools in relation to gender-based violence and its prevention, to exchange good practices and to empower the whole school and wider community to challenge attitudes and behaviours towards gender-based violence. More specifically, the project will:

  • educate and raise awareness among school-aged children about gender equality;
  • empower children, teachers, school heads, and parents to challenge gender stereotypes and roles, and to promote respect for others;
  • deepen understanding amongst target groups of the pivotal role played by bystanders in gender-based violence;
  • facilitate an exchange of ideas in relation to addressing gender-based violence amongst school-aged children across the partner countries;
  • strengthen societal recognition of gender-based violence as a human rights and equality issue.