In order to prevent violence, radicalism and extremism, the Centre E8 organized three workshops, i.e. performances with discussions with young people in the period from 27 to 29 November, in 3 cities in Serbia – Novi Pazar, Vranje and Kruševac. In these events, through the methodology of the theater in education, we discussed with participants topics important for the prevention of violence and safety of young people. The goal is education of young people and joint examination of social phenomena such as violence in various forms, with particular reference to gender-based violence, then the hate speech, radicalism, extremism, intolerance, belonging to different groups. Topics are addressed from the perspective of young people, from their perception of such phenomena in the society – and, on the other hand, from the role of young people and what we can all do together in order to contribute to the prevention of violence, to the well-being of our community and to increase security at the local level.
These activities represent a new component and part of the process of further development of the Program Y / “Be a Man” – called the Program Y+, which the Centre E8 is currently developing and testing, with the support of CARE International Balkans, which will result in a new educational play that will deal with these topics and to which the young people are the primary target group. Also, these events are part of the activities during 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.