Performance Art for Gender Equality

An innovative project aimed at addressing the need for intersectional and inclusive approaches to gender and gender equality at a global scale.

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The Project

PAGE is an innovative project aimed at addressing the need for intersectional and inclusive approaches to gender and gender equality at a global scale. While the problems facing women, girls and people of diverse genders know no borders, it is often the case that the knowledge produced about gender equality & gender dynamics comes from certain northern regions & universities without taking into account diversity of ways gender is understood and manifested around the world. We need an understanding of gender and gender equality that includes the voices, hopes and needs of women, girls and gender-diverse people everywhere if we want to achieve real, sustainable progress. By bringing together young people from across the EuroMed region, this project will contribute to building a more inclusive understanding of gender equality while also equipping participants with important skills related to advocacy, artistic pedagogy, performance art, and gender theories.

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The Project Objectives

  • Provide space for intercultural dialogue on gender, equality and power dynamics leading to the development of a more inclusive understanding of gender and gender equality
  • Build the capacity of youth workers  to use artistic methods to create dialogue and bridge intercultural divides related to gender
  • Create space in each local context for artistic expression to flourish and act as a lasting platform for intercultural exchange
  • Enhance the capacity of participants to advocate on important topics through art
  • Empower participants to find and use their artistic voice on critical issue as gender in a digital age
  • Create and share a toolbox  in the form of a documentary that can inspire others

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The Project Activites

Training of Trainers

10 youth workers (2 per partner) gather online (Zoom) for a training on the topics of gender equality, the norm-critical approach, performance as a pedagogical tool (including practical methods)

 

The training will last 5 days, over the course of 2 weeks (first 2 weeks of March - exact dates TBD)

National Meetings

The participants of the training transform into the leaders of this activity. Using what they have learned in the training, the youth workers coordinate and facilitate 4 local meetings with a group of 4 young participants (recruited by each partner). 


The 4 meetings are used to train young participants using methods learned in the training (among others) and prepare them for the youth exchange. These meetings can occur anytime between the activities 1 and 3.

Youth Exchange

In June/July all 20 participants + 10 youth workers gather in Denmark for an 8 day youth exchange. Crossing Borders will coordinate and handle all logistics related to this, including travel. Over the course of 8 days, participants will co-create and prepare a performance piece on the theme of gender equality, and will learn about the norm-critical approach, feminist and queer theories.

National performances

In July/August, each national group will perform the piece created at the Youth Exchange at a local venue and for local audiences.

Documentary

Throughout the project, all partners will contribute to filming for our final documentary, while will be used as “toolkit” for similar projects. The documentary will chronicle the process of this project, and should include footage of activities, performances, interviews with participants, coordinators, trainers, etc.

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Expected Results

  1. The capacity of trainers and participants to use artistic methods as a dialogue, empowerment and advocacy tool is enhanced
  2. The capacity of trainers and participants to use the norm critical perspective to break down gender-based stereotypes about the self and other is increased
  3. A toolkit in the form of a documentary is created showcasing the method & outcomes of the project, providing tools and inspiration for others aspiring to create space for intercultural dialogue and artistic expression 
  4. Documentary will contain: footage of the project from start to finish, shared best practices from participants and trainers, reflections on the process, clips from performances
  5. At least 4 public performances are realized across EuroMed region, amplifying the voices of the participants further and acting as project dissemination
  6. Groups in each country are established and connected and can be used as a lasting platform and network for similar projects

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