“Equality” is not a statement; it’s a destination that takes time and efforts, and that is why we have “a road” to go so we can reach it…
In early May, 22 young people began construction of a long highway on gender equality that connects two points: Ukraine and Germany.
“Road to gender equality” No.1
From 6.05 to 12.05, the first phase of the “Road to Gender Equality” project was held within the framework of “MEETUP!” meetings of German-Ukrainian youth. The main reason that the young people from the two countries gathered in the small town of Slavske, Lviv region, was sometimes speculative, painful or intimate topic about gender equality.
Starting with the formation of their own identity, each participant gradually became more aware of the problem. These transformations were followed by a long work: studying the difference between gender and sex; research into how gender roles work, what stereotypes can be infected by the media and what is common and different between the two countries in the gender field.
“I am happy to know more about gender equality in Germany and Ukraine. And it’s really a new topic for me, turkey especially.” – Umut Sasmaz, participant of the exchange
“The most interesting for me today was a presentation about gender stereotypes and gender stereotypes in Germany and Ukraine.” – Daria Gaskova, participant of the exchange
“Today I’ve learned about new perspectives from Ukrainian about gender, gender equality and stereotypes and it was very interesting for me because new ideas came to my mind that hasn’t been there before.”- Antonia Schafer, participant of the exchange
Sensory labyrinth theatre
The participants for 2 days became the creators of a large labyrinth theatre, through which they were able to reflect several scenes from the life of an immigrant. The “spectator”, deprived of one of his senses – sight, was able to go through the theatre and experience every situation deeply.
“And sensory labyrinth theatre is something very impressive and very useful for youngsters to understand. So I’ll use this method in my youth work because it’s so creative and interactive.” – Umut Sasmaz, participant of the exchange
“The most interesting for me was when we went to the local school and made SLT and when I saw a lot of smiles I felt very great.” – Oleh Popovych, participant of the exchange
“To me, new was that people experienced the world a lot differently if you take away one of the senses.” – Antonia Pilz, participant of the exchange
“The strongest I guess the experience was the SLT because I had the chance to be an experienced and also I could be a participant.” – Evelina Rosuk, participant of the exchange
The ability to tell a story is one of the additional methods that participants practised as an approach to accurately convey information about discrimination, stereotypes, and gender inequality to audiences.
“I received a lot of positive emotions after meeting people from other countries and regions. We, as modern youth, must understand and respect the choices and culture of other people. With the help of such forms of non-formal education as SLT, storytelling and collage, we learned more about stereotypes and discrimination of minorities.” – Arthur Horunzhyi, participant of the exchange
“The first stage of the project “Road to gender equality” ended with pleasant feelings after meeting new people and understanding of the situation in Ukraine and Germany. We have a lot of work to be done in both countries and meetings like this give us a great opportunity to change our minds and minds of our environment in faster and more efficient ways.” – Oleg Kolesnikv, participant of the exchange
“Road to gender equality” No.2
June 23-28. Magdeburg, Germany. A new phase, new experience, new discoveries.
Media is already a separately formed world, which the participants of the meeting sought a permit for. Fortunately, there was a place for activism and equality in this world.
By mastering the basic knowledge of video shooting, stop-motion videos and digital staging, young people have shifted their thinking about the role of media, discrimination, inequality and the role of activism as a protector to the creation of a video canvas.
“I’ve received a lot of experience like working in a team, making media products and I’ve learned a lot of things to develop myself like how it easier for me to work in a team and communicate with each other. The most interesting part of the project was the practice of creating videos. We created a stop-motion video, it was a really long process, like 5 hours, but in the end, we received a great product and I am really proud of that.” – Andrij Boiko, participant of the exchange
“Interesting was meeting a lot of people from Ukraine and working together with them on multiple media projects actually. Starting from the idea and coming to the execution idea actually. That was a great experience for me because it was the first time when I was working like this about a really cool topic.” – Johannes, participant of the exchange
The project was implemented by NGO “Society Initiatives Institute” within the “MEET UP! German-Ukrainian Youth Encounters” programme with support from the Foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future” (EVZ).