The Genders & Equality program aims to educate local youth, girls and boys, about subjects such as exploitation and sexual violences, hypersexualization and issues related to gender stereotypes and equality. This project has been made possible by the joint efforts of Prevention CDN-NDG and the Table de concertation jeunesse Côte-des-Neiges.
Genders and Equality is divided in three components that aims to reinforce self-esteem, empowerment and to provide youth with the tools to reflect critically and analytically about their social environment:
1. Sexual violence and exploitation prevention
The mandate of the outreach field worker aims at sexual exploitation and violence prevention. In creating meaningful bonds with the teenage girls of Côte-des-Neiges (aged 12 to 17), the outreach field worker promotes options and alternatives to hypersexualization and sexual exploitation in an attempt to rally and engage the girls in school, social, economic, community and political activities amongst others. To attain these goals, the outreach field worker facilitates access to existing borough resources whilst participating in new activity and resource creation in order to better serve the young girls.
2. “Place aux filles!” project
This project is BY and FOR teenage girls aged 12 to 17 years old and aims to reinforce self-esteem and the sense of leadership among girls. Place aux filles will offers activities and workshops for the teenage girls to get to know more about how to be active in their community and in the political world. How can they change things in their neighborhood? From september to march 2018, the teenagers will became agents of change in their community as they will meet with influencial and important women, who will guide them in their project. By this project, we wish to increase the number of women in position of power in our society.
3. “The culture of consent” project
As a three-year project, it aims to prevent and fight against sexual harassment and to foster a culture of consent in high schools and neighborhoods. With the involvement of multiple actors, schools will gain tools to be able to improve their programs and policies to better prevent and respond to sexual harassment. These systemic changes will extend to neighborhoods, including through the mobilization of local community organizations.