This project addresses the problem of increasing violence and discrimination based on gender, sexual orientation, and level of disability and the low level of awareness of these problems among young people and the local community in the Zawierciański and Olkuski districts. The project is intended as an addition to the local violence prevention system, which does not provide awareness-raising measures. This problem is part of the broader context, which is a political and media campaign to smear LGBT+ persons, government’s plans to withdraw from the Istanbul convention on violence, or creation by local government authorities of “LGBT free zones”. Society, especially young people, is quickly becoming radical, and acts of violence and hate-based attacks are frequent.
Young people at school, including young people at vocational school, will attend 20 workshops on violence and enter a thematic art competition. Girls from a number of care facilities will attend support workshops. Motor and vocal workshops, in conjunction with a drama performance and debate about women’s rights, will be conducted at a juvenile correction facility for girls. People working in education and resocialization or in interdisciplinary teams will attend training on prevention of violence and discrimination. The local community will take part in measures such as One Bllion Raising, Living Library, and four film screenings. People who suffer violence and discrimination will be given free psychological counselling and legal advice.
Support measures for girls in care facilities, who themselves frequently have experienced abuse and are especially at risk in their environments, and violence prevention measures for boys and men, will be an important part of the project. People who take part in the project will enhance their abilities to go beyond stereotypes, set boundaries, and react to prejudice and violence. The local community will have greater awareness of the problem of violence.