EquAlley: Dutch & European lessons for preventing street harassment and tackling gender stereotypes in young people
11 april, 12:00 - 16:30
European expert meeting & presentation of the new EquAlley toolbox – please register below
According to 2023 research, 83 per cent of Dutch girls between 15 and 25 have experienced sexual harassment in public spaces, 62 per cent say they change their behavior in an effort to prevent it (according to PLAN International). Street harassment is mostly perpetrated by men and boys, and is strongly related to masculinity norms. The EquAlley project aims to make conversations with teenagers about these topics more accessible, by providing teachers and educators with tools and information: for all kids to understand street harassment better, for girls and lgbtqia+ kids to better cope with street harassment, and for boys to become effective allies in preventing it.
In this international, interactive learning event we will examine the workings of street harassment, how men and boys can become part of the solution, and why we should we work on transforming masculinities for violence prevention. With our project partners from Spain, Portugal, Italy and Poland we will discuss international differences and similarities and other key take aways from the project. We present the EquAlley toolbox and demonstrate some exercises and show how you can use the ideas and exercises from this new toolbox in your work with young people or any audience.
We are hosting Jens van Tricht, author of Why Feminism is Good For Men and founder and director of Emancipator for a keynote on masculinities and involving men as part of the solution; and we will have a panel discussion with international partners and representatives of Dutch organisations, among which our partner Fairspace, and municipalities working on involving men & boys in the prevention of street harassment. Both during and after the programma there will be plenty of time to talk to other participants and hear about their experiences in the field.
This event is the final conference of the international EquAlley project, an Erasmus+ project with our partners Aidlearn (Portugal), Otxarkoaga (Spain), University of Łódź (Poland) and EURO-NET (Italy). It sets out to challenge gender stereotypes, social injustice and gender-based violent behaviour, particularly in public spaces, in youngsters, by encouraging them to rethink gender roles and stereotypes. Together we our partner organisations we have designed a toolbox with information and exercises for teachers and educators to help them have conversations with youngsters about these topics.
- 12.00 doors open for lunch; 13.00 start of the programme. end & drinks 16.30
- This event is in English, the toolbox will be available in hard copy in both Dutch and English. We expect most participants will be Dutch speakers and will host some breakout sessions in Dutch
- The plenary parts of this event will be recorded and will be later made available online
- Our venue is accessible for wheel chair users
- Food includes vegan options, please let us know about other preferences through the registration form below
- More information to be announced
Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union