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Gender Perspective in EU Mobility Programs (2016 - 2017)

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Gender Perspective in EU Mobility Programs Project aims to mainstream the gender point of view in EU Mobility Programs and by doing this to increase the visibility of gender issues in youth organizations.

EU Mobility Programs such as Erasmus + mobilize so many young people all around the Europe which brings so many excellent opportunities together with. At the same time, it is obvious that gender discrimination is a global /transnational issue and it effects all the young women's life all around the world including Europe. Especially being a young woman foreigner means facing many different challanges which might differentiate from their men peers. Even though there are differences according to travelled countries structure, the organization of society legitimizes the discriminative action and sexual harassment against young women. Therefore, discussing preventive suggestions against those measures and developing reliable solutions and mechanisms will contribute increasing the quality of travel that young women experience within exchange programs.

Project aims; - To explore experiences of discriminative action against young women and challanges they face who travel abroad within an exchange program in 5 different countires. - To focus on best practices of countries which have supportive mechanisms for young women - To establish and promote new tools and solidarity mechanisms /networks in order to empower young women primarily - To develop new models for public services that is planned for youngesters - To encourage young women to be the main actor while promoting the innovative solutions. - To advocate the Gender Policy Recommendation for EU Mobility Program coordinators in local and international level. - Moreover, new mechanisms that aim to prevent those difficulties, unjust treatment and abuse of rights will be developed and advocated.

Main results of the project are as follows; 1- Making challanges and discriminative action visible: Each partner country will prepare a situation report. This report will be prepared as a result of series of interviews with organizer institutions and meetings with exchange students. During the meetings, each partner will focus on women students’ experiences in terms of facing discriminative behaviour in the country they travelled to, considering socializing and living spaces of Erasmus students (Erasmus gatherings, houses). The outputs will reveal if young women’s background (country, ethnicities, physical appearance) affects their experience. 2 - Developing preventive actions: That work involves advocacy in universities and state organs to develop preventive solutions to the discriminative action and make young women’s life easier. These actions will be combined in a Guide and Video. 3 - Developing solution mechanisms: An important part of the solution of some instances is based on solidarity networks that are conducted among the subjects of the issue (workshops for possible solutions in 5 countries). Solidarity networks will be encouraged to establish for students. Young women will be empowered throughout sharing their experiences. 4- Developing an international network: All partner countries and more youth organizations who work on gender and mobility will be gathered in one International Networking Meeting in order to build a sustainable relations and contribute to local solidarity networks. 5- Advocating for a Gender Policy Recommendation in EU Mobility Programs: The Final Report will contain both the project experience and the policy recommendations stem by workshops and project experinces.

Project will last 16 months, starting from September 2016 till December 2017 and involves 6 partners from 5 countries.

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