In the context of the GEAR against IPV II Project (co-funded by the DAPHNE III Programme of the eu) Adolescents’ awareness raising workshops entitled “Building Healthy Intimate Relationships” were conducted and evaluated in 5 countries aiming to contribute to primary and secondary prevention of violence in the romantic/intimate relationships of adolescents. Specially trained teachers implemented workshops with adolescents, aiming to raise adolescents’ awareness on the harmful effects of gender stereotyping, IPV/dating violence/gender based violence and sexual violence and to encourage the development of attitudes of zero tolerance towards violence against girls and women at a relatively young age, with the ultimate goal being to promote the development of healthy, equal and violent-free relationships. A total of 81 workshops (65 with students and 16 with high-risk groups with the participation of more than 1.600 adolescents) were implemented and evaluated, in Cyprus, Greece, Croatia, Romania and Spain. On the basis of the evaluation results a Policy Brief was developed entitled: "The role of school: Evidence-based Policy Recommendations for Adolescents' Empowerment" that is available in English here: http://www.gear-ipv.eu/images/news/Workshops/AdolescentWorkshopsPolicyBrief%CE%95%CE%9D.pdf and also in Greek, Croatian, Romanian, and Catalan.
This platform is part of the Axis 1 "Strengthening the capacities of equality actors" of the Priority Solidarity Fund "Women for the future in the Mediterranean" funded by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and led by the European Institute of the Mediterranean, in the framework of the project “Developing Women's Empowerment” labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean.