“Men and Boys as Partners in Promoting Gender Equality and addressing Youth Extremism and Violence in Western Balkans” project started on July 1, 2017, and is supported by OAK Foundation.
The overall objective is to promote peaceful masculinities that support gender equality and decrease interpersonal violence and youth extremism within Serbia, Albania, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Kosovo. This initiative is designed to bring together policymakers and key agents within government ministries and agencies with skilled NGOs to influence positive social change at multiple levels of society using the socio-ecological model (individual, community and national).
The proposed initiative will build on the work in the 5 countries (Serbia, Albania, Croatia, Kosovo and Bosnia & Herzegovina) and the relationships with the Education and Youth ministries and gender agencies/departments in the respective countries and to engage with new ministries, like Social Welfare, as we utilized both a positive youth development and a gender transformative approach in addressing social inclusion and vulnerable youth.
The project seeks to build on gains made in the previous phase with Program Youth, our accredited life skills educational curriculum for secondary schools to building and or supporting an enabling environment for life skills education to become a mandatory part of the school day. This will include addressing policies, existing and new and very importantly engaging with citizens and parents in the development of social movements, strengthen existing coalitions, where the education (both formal and informal) of young people become a higher priority for governments.