GEAR against IPV: Gender Equality Awareness Raising against Intimate Partner Violence Ευαισθητοποίηση για την Ισότητα των Δύο Φύλων ενάντια στη Βία μεταξύ Ερωτικών Συντρόφων [DAPHNE III Project: JLS/2008/DAP3/AG/1258]
A complete educational material was developed, which can be used to train teachers and to implement gender equality awareness raising Workshops for students. More specifically:
1) the Master GEAR against IPV Package, comprised of 4 booklets (available in English on the project’s website: www.gear-ipv.eu/node/26), was designed and evaluated in order to provide a “Guide” that can lead the creation of culturally appropriately adapted National Packages for any country that wishes to Train Teachers (Booklet II) in order to be able to implement Workshops for students (Booklets III & IV) as a means of primary and/or secondary prevention of IPV. The Master Package consists of 4 Booklets:
- Booklet I. The Master GEAR against IPV Package and How to Develop your own National Package
- Booklet II. Guidelines for Conducting a GEAR against IPV Teachers’ Training Seminar
- Booklet III. Teacher’s Manual
- Booklet IV. Students’ Activities Book
2) 4 National Packages (Austrian, German, Greek and Croatian), were developed after translation, completion & cultural adaptation of the Master Package's booklets
3) On the basis of the developed material:
• Teachers’ Seminars were conducted and evaluated in Austria, Germany & Greece, aiming to build teachers’ capacity to implement the students' workshops
• The specially trained teachers implemented the workshops (using experiential activities) with students in Austria, Germany and Greece which were also evaluated, aiming to raise their awareness on the harmful effects of gender stereotyping, IPV & dating violence, and to encourage the development of attitudes of zero tolerance towards violence, with the ultimate goal being to promote the development of healthy, equal and violent-free relationships between young people.
Aims and objectives
The GEAR against IPV project is a coordinated action of primary prevention of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) through school-based interventions aiming to raise awareness of high-school students and teachers on the harmful effects of gender stereotypes and of unequal power relationships between the sexes as well as on how these are related with gender-based violence.
More specifically, the aims of the project were to promote gender equality, by deconstructing gender stereotypes, which is expected to greatly contribute to the development of healthy and equal relationships, to the primary prevention of violence against women and girls as well as to the development of zero tolerance towards violence. The project intended to achieve its aims by raising students' awareness on:
a) the characteristics of healthy and unhealthy relationships
b) the influence that stereotypical attitudes and socially imposed gender roles have on their relationships
c) how power inequality between the sexes is related to psychological, physical and/or sexual violence against women/girls and
d) how adolescents can contribute to the prevention of all forms of gender-based violence.
Results and impact
The project was both internally (process, face-validity & effectiveness evaluation) and externally (by Prof. Hagemman-White) evaluated.
Indicative evaluation results in Greece
Teachers' Seminars: 47 teachers and Health Education Coordinators were trained in Greece; Trainees provided extremely high mean ratings in regards to their satisfaction with the Seminar and to their self-perceived usefulness of the seminar. On average, trainees declared that there is a probability of 92.6% (on a scale from 0%-100%) that they would choose to participate in a similar Seminar in the future and 95.2% that they would recommend to a colleague of theirs to attend such a Seminar. In regards to their knowledge, the percentage of correct answers increased in most of the questions on the post- compared to the pre-test and even more in the follow-up tests. Moreover, the implementers in the 2 follow-up questionnaires provided ratings equal to or higher than their post-ratings, a fact that strongly indicates that after 4.5 months the benefit of the Seminar was still retained and strengthened due to their experience of implementing the workshops.
Students' Workshops: 13 workshops were conducted in Greece (intervention group: 252 students, control group: 264 students); on the basis of the results it seemed that the students’ satisfaction was very high; 85.7% of the students replied that they would like to participate in another similar workshop in the future and 87.5% that they would recommend to a friend of theirs to participate in such a workshop. Pair-wise comparisons showed that there was a significant positive alteration from pre- to post- and from post- to follow-up measurements in several items that measured students’ attitudes towards violence.
Some of the project's reports are available on: http://www.gear-ipv.eu/node/26
Project Coordinator: European Anti-Violence Network (EAVN)
Stakeholder, Firstname: Antonia
Stakeholder, Family name: Tsirigoti
Duration: In Greece: 13 - 35 hours for students, 24 hours for teachers
Nr of beneficiaries: In Greece: 570 students, 47 teachers and Health Education Coordinators
Nuts code: EL