Gender Equality Matters – Tackling Gender-Based Violence
The Gender Equality Matters (GEM) project aims to tackle gender stereotyping, gender-based bullying and gender-based violence.
Grant Agreement Number: 810447
Funded by: REC Duration: 09/2018 – 09/2020
According to the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE), gender-based violence is a phenomenon deeply rooted in gender inequality and continues to be one of the most notable human rights violations within all societies. The “call to prevent and combat gender-based violence against children” with specific reference to “Priority 1: Prevention of gender-based violence (GBV)” reflects widespread concerns about this issue across EU.
School bullying can take many forms inclusive of discriminatory bullying against minority groups, and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community and bulling against those who appear vulnerable to peers. Various reports confirm that 12 is the most common age for people to know they are LGBTI and that they negotiate coming out against the backdrop of a very challenging school environment where there has not been a significant reduction in LGBTI bullying in recent years (Downes & Cefai, 2016).
GEM programme aims to raise awareness, change attitudes and promote behavioural changes in relation to gender-based violence generally, with specific reference to violence perpetrated against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community in and around schools. The innovative aspect of the project is that, besides parents and educators, it will target children as young as ten years old.