Lumen Press Release – Project Start

Contrast to online gender-based violence: launch of the European project “ON-OFF”, which aims to create an intervention model for teachers and educators

700 youngsters and 90 teachers and educators involved; the symbolic launch is scheduled for Monday 25th November – International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

The European project ON-OFF aims at creating an intervention model to combat online gender-based violence for the benefit of European teachers and educators. The goal is to create and test an intervention model that will be freely available, once validated.
The project involves 6 partner organizations from 5 European countries: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Spain and Italy. The start of the activities is symbolically set for Monday 25 November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women: from Monday in fact teachers and educators can ask to participate in the activities. The project is funded 80% by European funds (Rights, Equality and Citizenship Program) and 20% by partners’ own co-financing. In total, 700 youngsters and 90 teachers and educators will be involved in the 5 countries.
“In the last days we have just started presenting the project to local schools and educational agencies. – Lumen Association explains – We made a first presentation of the work that will develop over two years across 5 European partner Countries. It is an ambitious project: the objective is to create, in a participatory way, an intervention model that can be freely used by European schools and educational centers for combating gender-based violence online, against stereotypes and the objectification of women”.
In each Country at least 18 teachers and educators and about 140 girls and boys aged 12 to 17 years will be involved. In a nutshell, the project initially includes a participatory path and a survey to collect needs, ideas, proposals, and suggestions for defining the model. Subsequently, the partners will develop the intervention model and adequately train participating teachers and educators, so that they will be able to implement it with youngsters. Experimentation will start in schools and youth centers, with the subsequent validation of the model.
At the end of the project, the intervention model will be available in 5 languages on an online platform: an experimented and validated set of activities, containing traces, images, videos, information sheets that can be used to inform, involve and raise awareness about online gender-based violence.
All local schools, youth centers, teachers and educators can freely participate in the project activities.