The Council of Europe youth sector supports youth organisations and youth workers to combat gender inequality by supporting their activities, encouraging them to adopt a gender equality dimension (such as in the activities supported by the European Youth Foundation or the activities held at the European Youth Centres) and by providing awareness-raising and educational materials for multipliers. The most recent of these is the manual Gender Matters on combatting gender-based violence affecting young people. Gender equality is also addressed in other educational manuals of the Council of Europe such as Compass and Compasito and was very present throughout the whole programme of the No Hate Speech Movement youth campaign.
The training course will build capacities of multipliers, notably youth workers and youth leaders, to introduce gender equality standards and practices in their organisations and activities and to advocate for changes that support gender equality based on Council of Europe standards, approaches and tools as reflected in the Toolkit on Gender Equality in youth work. More specifically the programme of the course will enable participants to:
- Understand, explore and discuss gender equality as a concept inherent to human rights and democracy applicable to everyday life and all dimensions of youth work
- Know, make use of and advocate for the implementation of Council of Europe standards and instruments on gender equality
- Recognise patterns of gender inequality in their organisations and to develop approaches to address and change them
- Develop and apply approaches and strategies for gender equality in and through youth work based on the Council of Europe Toolkit on Gender Equality in youth work
- Advocate and for effective gender equality in youth work and in society at large.
The course is designed for leaders and multipliers in youth work and youth organisations such as:
- Decision makers in the field of youth affairs in local or nation al authorities concerned by youth policy and youth work
- Leaders of national youth organisations and youth councils
- Managers of youth centres
- Youth workers and facilitators in non–formal education, especially within youth organisations and associations, in youth work activities and in other NGOs concerned with human rights education;
- Youth project managers and organisers.
The Council of Europe welcomes applications from all candidates who fulfil the specific profile of the activities, irrespective of gender, disability, marital or parental status, racial, ethnic or social origin, colour, religion, belief or sexual orientation
All candidates must apply on-line at https://youthapplications.coe.int
Applications must be accompanied by a letter of support from their sending organisation/institution, to be uploaded on the platform. In case of several applicants from the same organisation, the support letter should indicate the priority of the applicants.
All participants must also:
• be able to work in English
• be aged between 18-30 years old, exceptions can be made if justified
• be supported by a youth organisation, association or institution within which they can act as multipliers
• be able and committed to act as multipliers of gender equality
• be motivated to develop their competences in mainstreaming gender equality
• be committed to attend for the full duration of the course.
The Council of Europe will select up to 30 participants on the basis of the profile outlined above. It will try as far as possible to respect the organisations’ priorities, but also to ensure a balance between genders, geographical regions, different types of experiences, cultural backgrounds and organisations, institutions and projects. A waiting list may be established. Candidates will be informed whether their application has been accepted or rejected, and if they have been put on the waiting list, by 1 September 2020.
Deadline for application: 23 August 2020, 23:59
NB: The training course is prepared on the assumption that sanitary conditions will allow for a residential training course at the European Youth Centre. The Council of Europe will adapt the course methodology and scope where appropriate and as a result of restrictions resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic.