Diversity & Childhood: Changing social attitudes towards gender diversity in children across Europe

Raising awareness, reducing prejudice, and improving violence protection and support to LGBTI and gender non-conforming children. 

Grant Agreement Number: 856680

Funded by: REC        Duration: 01/10/2019-30/09/2021   


Challenge

One type of violence currently striking children populations across Europe has to do with gender and sexuality, since many children suffer violence for being gender or sexually non-conformant. LGBTIphobia and violence against people who do not fulfill dominant gender norms affect an important part of the population throughout their whole life. Actually, discrimination because of LGBTIphobic reasons is an unacceptable violation of human dignity (article 21 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights).

Preventing LGBTIphobia at an early stage of life is key for stopping this social phenomenon and fostering the well-being of the whole society. Children education can play an important role in the elimination of violence to gender non-conforming children, as 64% of surveyed people believe that school lessons and material should include information on diversity in terms of gender identity and sexual orientation (Eurobarometer 2015). However, other spheres of life have been left overlooked, and hence there has not been a comprehensive look on the issue which can help with all spheres of life (health, family, media, public spaces).

Innovation

Diversity & Childhood project seeks to raise awareness and reduce prejudice, as well as improve violence protection and support to LGBTI and gender non-conforming children. 

Action

An interactive online app for children and professionals will be developed, addressed to children and teenagers 6-18 years old for Android (free download). This will contain sensitizing information towards SOGIGE diversity in childhood, whit FAQ emerging from the workshop with children.

Development of a handbook on addressing LGBTI and gender non-conforming children for professionals from different key areas: education, health, media, families and public space. The handbook will be developed in English and translated in each partner language.  

Trainings for professionals and stakeholders of different areas (education, health, media, families, public space) to enhance skills and competences in their respective areas in relation to assisting gender based violence towards LGBTI and gender non-conforming children. Training will be enhanced to reach a wider range of professionals and stakeholders through the creation of a four-week duration Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) open to anybody who would like to learn these tools.

Organization of a seminar with stakeholders to promote interagency and multidisciplinary cooperation between public bodies, NGOs and other relevant agencies working with children and gender-based violence. 

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Project Partners

KMOP – Social Action and Innovation Centre
Universitat de Girona (Spain)
Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (Spain)
Lambda WArszawa (Poland)
Zagreb Pride (Croatia)
Univerza V Ljubljani (Slovenia)
CES (Portugal)
Háttér Society (Hungary)
Çavaria (Belgium)
LGL (Lithuania)

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