Gendered Realities' International Campaigning Training

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Between 19th and 24th November 2019, 23 young people from different European countries met in Rome to attend Gendered Realities International Campaigning Training. The course was given by Thomas Schallhart and Valerie Weidinger and aimed at providing participants with knowledge and skills on how to develop and run a successful campaign.

Participants acquired in-depth knowledge on campaigning, including steps to create a campaign, realize SWOT analysis, analyse opponents and allies, set SMART goals, define a winning communication strategy, and much more. Inspiration was found during a visit to La Casa Internazionale delle Donne, an outstanding example of how women’s activism can be vital for the protection of fundamental rights and the promotion of gender equality at the local level, and by taking part in the demonstrations organized by the movement “Not One Woman Less,” a global movement campaigning against gender violence.

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An important part of the course was devoted to the presentation of the results of the Assessment Tool, a survey conducted between June and September 2019 and aimed at understanding how safe and inclusive SCI activities are when it comes to gender and sexuality. 119 people participated in the survey, of whom 82 workcamp participants, 22 workcamp coordinators and 15 participants in international training courses and seminars. The presentation of the results of the Assessment Tool provided an example of needs analysis and served as the basis for a group reflection on SCI's gendered realities.

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During the final part of the course, the participants developed their own campaigning ideas, setting action plans for the months to come. Some of them put their efforts into developing an SCI campaign on the topic of gender, based on the inputs collected from the Assessment Tool and the group reflection. As the first step of this campaign, the booklet "Time to Face Gendered Realities" was realized to showcase the results of the Assessment Tool and propose recommendations on how to improve SCI’s approach towards gender and sexuality. Secondly, gender-sensitive name tags are being created as a practical tool to use during activities and raise awareness on the topic of gender among young people.  

 

 

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