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Gender Training for Youth Workers: What’s Gender Got to Do with It?

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27.10.2021 - 28.10.2021

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Estonian National Agency of Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps and Latvian National Agency of Erasmus+

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Gender is a contested topic all over Europe, with opposition towards LGBTQI+ rights and gender equality issues emerging here and there. It is also a very timely topic amidst changing gender norms and more inclusive gender identities. These oppositions and opportunities make gender issues also a key topic to the field of youth.


The aim of this training is to:

· provide a basic understanding of contemporary gender issues

· provide clear links between gender equality, human rights education, and youth work

· provide useful tools and methods for youth workers to discuss gender issues with the youth.

· focus on gender stereotypes, gender equality, gender identities, and hate speech.

Who is the training for:

Anyone directly working with the youth, including:

· working with young people in NGOs, youth centers, schools or other types of organizations or institutions.

· have some experience working with gender issues with young people or would like to introduce these topics in their work with youth

· participants need to be able to speak English

· coming from Latvia, Estonia, Slovakia


Wednesday, October 27 (Tallinn/Riga time EEST – one hour later than CET time!)

10.00-11.30 Introduction and welcome. Getting to know each other. Gender stereotypes and prejudices – shaping our thinking

11.30-12.00 Break

12.00-13.30 Realities of participants’ countries. The role of youth work in addressing gender-related issues.

13.30-14.30 Break

14.30-16.00 Workshop with expert “Case of LGBTI youth: realities, needs and interventions of youth work”


Thursday, October 28 (Tallinn/Riga time EEST) – one hour later than CET time!)

10.00-11.30 Human rights education methods, good practices and resources for addressing gender issues with the youth

11.30-12.00 Break

12.00-13.30 Human rights education methods, good practices and resources for discussing gender issues with the youth

13.30-14.30 Break

14.30-16.00 Creation of safe spaces in youth work for all young people. Reflection and conclusions.




𝗟𝗼𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻/𝗟𝗶𝗻𝗸 𝘁𝗼 𝗷𝗼𝗶𝗻: TBA via e-mail



Helen Talalaev has worked on gender equality and human rights for the past 15 years. She has trained about human rights, gender stereotypes and norms, anti-bullying approaches, hate speech and hate crime and how to tackle them.

Natalja Gudakovska is a human rights education trainer, a member of the Pool of Trainers of the Youth Department of the Council of Europe. She has practical experience working with gender, human rights and anti-bullying issues with young people in local and international NGOs, and schools for the last 15 years.


Rosemary Pree is an LGBT+ activist in Estonia, whose main focuses are mental health, trans rights and LGBT+ youth. They have worked with LGBT+ youth for over 4 years through organizing events and workshops, as well as educating people outside the community to gain more acceptance and understanding for queer people in Estonia


Event’s supported by Erasmus+: Youth in Action; organized by Estonian National Agency of Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps and Latvian National Agency of Erasmus+.


NB! One week prior to the training the participants will receive a self-analysis questionnaire that will help them prepare for the training. Also, this will provide the trainers with input from the participants to be able to provide training that fulfills the needs of the participants.

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