A Regional Advocacy and Movement training within the Young Men Initiative (YMI) project – “Men and Boys as Partners in Promoting Gender Equality and the Prevention of Youth Extremism and Violence in the Balkans” was organized this week in Belgrade.
From February 25th to 28th YMI partner organizations had a chance to improve their existing advocacy skills, acquire new ones and express their visions about advocacy process itself, future activities and plans. Furthermore, we used this opportunity to present new YMI Campaign prevention on Radicalization and Extremism. This time, participants came from all YMI projects where the main aim was to share experiences, meet and learn from each other and join forces in regional coalition/movement around healthy lifestyles, gender equality and nonviolence. Training was held by Emilija Milenković, CARE Project Manager and Zvjezdana Batković, CARE Regional Gender Program Coordinator.
On the first day, participants discussed their foundations and experiences gained during the current advocacy activities, went through public policy cycle and had the opportunity to plan their own advocacy initiatives within current YMI project. The key topic of the next day was the definition of the social movements and the overview of the most successful and relevant social movements in history and present. By discussing the crucial values of their own organizations, participants had a chance to design and sketch the crucial values of the YMI regional movement, which is still in its piloting phase. During the two days of training, by working in small groups, participants brainstormed over the procedures, activities and solutions for encountered problems during the advocacy process. In the same, innovative way, the participants discussed the structure, function, roles, values and names for the future regional YMI movement.
The training was held within the framework of the Young Men Initiative (YMI) project – ” Men and Boys as Partners in Promoting Gender Equality and the Prevention of Youth Extremism and Violence in the Balkans” that is supported by the Austrian Development Cooperation, Oak Foundation, and implemented by CARE International Balkans in cooperation with partner organizations: Perpetuum Mobile – Banja Luka; XY Association – Sarajevo; Youth Power – Mostar; Zemlja Djece – Tuzla; YNVO Forum Teatar – I. Sarajevo; Center E8 and SMart Kolektiv – Belgrade; OEK Synergy – K. Mitrovica; SIT and YMCA – Pristina; Act for Society Center – Tirana.