Men and Boys as Partners in Promoting Gender Equality and the Prevention of Youth Extremism (YMI II)
The project objective is to enable positive and peaceful societies for young people in Serbia, Kosovo, Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina, that support gender equality and decrease interpersonal violence and its extremism. The project’s specific objective is to improve Youth NGOs and government capacities to integrate Program Youth - Life Skills Educational Curriculum in current educational and youth policy strategies and strengthen governmental and civil society efforts related to inclusion of youth vulnerable to extremism.
This project aims at scaling up and mainstreaming earlier achievements related to the implementation of the Gender Transformative Life Skills program, or short Program Y, via targeted advocacy and a close cooperation with relevant stakeholder. One of the main results of the project is to develop educational tools for scaling up such activities as online education and working with universities in the training of new educators. In addition, a new comprehensive model, Program Y plus will be piloted working with a more select group of youth vulnerable to violence and extremism. This model seeks to increase community connections and address the multiple layers of exclusion often leading to extremism.
Supported by the project, the partners will launch campaigns targeting youth and selected communities, around hate speech and promoting the positive role of all community members in addressing extremism and violence. The project will mainly build on the use of social media, but also involve popular media and the arts to further messaging and reaching vulnerable groups. Relevant stakeholders include the Ministries of Education, public gender agencies, academic institutions, secondary schools, educators, media and other relevant stakeholders. The YMI II project will be implemented in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Serbia and will target youth, especially young men vulnerable to violence and anti-social behaviours. In total 56.800 people will be directly reached through the project: 150 teachers, 5000 students, 150 university students, 50.200 youth, 1100 parents/citizens, 100 community members and 100 movement leaders (indirectly more than 68.000 people).
CARE´s strategic approach is to cooperate with local partner organizations and to strengthen their capacities systematically. The project will continue to support the efforts of CARE´s partners to become national resource centers in regard to gender equality, youth work, violence prevention, social norm change and movement/coalition building. Local partners will conduct a research as well as promote good practice and policy debate with the aim to engage boys and men in gender equality and to contribute to the reduction of gender based violence and youth extremism.
Since May 2015, Serbia and other countries in the Western Balkans have been facing an unprecedented influx of migrants. The hostility towards migrants and refugees was noted. All that became fertile soil for radicalisation, the rise of violence, discrimination and disturbed living conditions in the affected communities. In cases of reported GBV violence, local NGOs (especially women NGOs) are one of the key referral services to victims of violence. It does puts pressure on government social services and NGOs to develop and implement adequate programs for prevention of GBV which can also refer to domicile population.