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The Social Forum for Youth on Gender Violence in the Creative Space of the IRJ will be held on 5, 6 and 7 October. The workshops are aimed at young people between the ages of 18 and 35 with the aim of discussing how to achieve a more egalitarian society without gender-based violence. Is it a debate within the framework of the confrerence on the Future of Europe, what values and rights do we want for the European Union? Follow us also in RRSS: @irjjuventud @vuelarioja #TuCrushnoesToCrush #Cofoe #Thefutureisyours
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Event reportSUBJECT: Conclusions OF THE SOCIAL FORUM OF THE YOUTH ON GENERY VIOLENCE, 24 NOVEMBER At the Palacio de Congresos de Riojaforum, young people between the ages of 16 and 35 attended. The Forum, which began on 5 and 6 October, is one of the initiatives that the Government of La Rioja, under the hashtag gid://decidim-dife/Decidim::Hashtag/5413/TuCrushNOesToCrush and through the collaborative work of several directorates-general, has developed in the line of the fight against gender-based violence. A project that is also part of the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE). Together with the president, Pablo González, directors-general of social services, also attended; Justice and Home Affairs, Jorge Medel; European Funds and Office in Brussels, Cristina Peña; Equality, Emilia Fernández; and Youth, Paco Rivero. The desire for this Forum, as explained by the Director General of Social Services, Pablo González is to generate spaces for conversation that allow young people to listen, collecting their contributions to create an equal society, in fact some of the contributions made by young people in previous forums have already been taken into consideration. As has been the production of a video starring and scripted by them. The President spoke on the basis of a study by the Reina Sofía Foundation, and expressed concern as a major challenge is the different perception of gender-based violence that they and they have. While more and more girls consider gender-based violence to be a very serious social problem — 72.4 % in 2017, 74.2 % in 2021 — fewer and fewer boys agree with this statement. If in 2017 they believed it to be 54.2 %, in 2021 it barely exceeded 50 %. Of particular concern is the increasing percentage of young boys who deny the existence of gender-based violence. He also pointed out that “If we want to move towards a fairer society, we need women to be aware of the benefits of feminism for them, but also for men to be aware of the benefits of feminism for them,” he pointed out, to warn of the danger posed by disinformation generated through social networks. Dozens of memes and bullies are circulating online about false reports of gender-based violence, about alleged discrimination of the law against men, or on figures of murders of men by women in Spain. It emphasises that messages that normalise traditional gender roles and sometimes banal gender-based violence and are not harmless, leading to youth. For this reason, the President has appealed to her responsibility and therefore to the public authorities "to carry out a work of pedagogy especially in the field of education in order to reach out to young people", because, addressing young people "it is essential that you be aware of the enormous social problem of gender-based violence, its causes and its effects. That you know how to distinguish when information is rigorous and when it is an interested bull. The debate was introduced by the Director General of the IRJ, Paco Rivero explaining the dynamics of the debate and with the visualisation of a video produced and recorded in which the Rioja youth have participated, not experts in marketing, but who speak the same language as the rest of the youth. Just what they had asked in the previous forums, with more explicit videos, such as the one that will be presented to the society of La Rioja on November 25. Other Directors-General also intervened during the debate: — The Director General of Equality points out that it educates the whole tribe, it is not an individual problem, there are many ways to put our granite of sand, being more critical as for example with messages that come to us socially, through media such as television series and social networks. On feminism he refers to the campaign that has historically been made against it, and has been denoted. Feminism benefits society as a whole. — The Director General of Justice says that gender-based violence has always been considered domestic violence, that of “domus” and yet it is everyone’s violence. There are unsurpassed roles and resources must be available for this. He said that prevention was important and with the new law to be passed in La Rioja, co-education was encouraged. — The Director-General of European Funds and Office in Brussels, insists that on self-esteem, we must load people with tools to say no to situations that arise, but we do not have to discharge the responsibility for the person who suffers the violence. About education it is important to train trainers on issues of equality. He feels that we are continuing with the same debates as years ago, despite the passage of time. — The Director General of Social Services in front of the video what does it mean to do something like a girl, points out that it is important to involve everyone and everyone in order to gradually change things. In addition, he pointed out that it was important to put the focus on which the abuse was practised; the blame was not on the victim. The participation of the young attendees begins, with comments and reflections such as the following: — Communication trends, such as series, films and other formats... allow to see what is really happening in society about gender-based violence, which is sometimes not perceived as a personal problem. — We must contribute to connect with young people, making the initiative be of this collective, from their experience and not only through videos, but including other tools. — On the microviolences they point out that it is very difficult to intervene on them, considering how to act without being invasive. — As far as education is concerned, they value that families, schools and workplaces are an important pillar in this field. — In schools some young people ask for a subject in education in values, seeking the involvement of teachers. Some young people report that it is necessary to speak “in freedom”. The need to work on self-esteem, assertiveness and empathy was continually reiterated. Teachers must also receive training so as not to transmit traditional roles that perpetuate over time. — With regard to self-esteem as a protective value, they point out that the focus should also be placed on the aggressors. Many studies say that there is no profile of a woman who suffers abuse and although it is good to work that self-esteem, and you may have a lack, it says that it is a struggle in which we must all participate, not just a few, because it is a social problem. A video about the pyropo shows how one young man warns another about this violence that he is generating with his attitude, being harassment, making him understand how bad a woman can feel about such behaviors. — Some intervener said they had suffered from gender-based violence closely and demanded earlier screening plans and professional intervention to provide advice and support. — The issue of new masculinities and the importance of men in this matter was also addressed. Attendees ask, among other things, “what it is to be a man.” To work on these aspects, some young participants spoke of a pedagogical methodology “service learning”, which promotes the learning of students through their active participation in experiences associated with community services in which they develop their knowledge and competences. This methodology allows students to engage directly with those to whom they offer a service, adapting to their needs and a reality that is often very different from the one they live in the classroom. — Some of the girls who participate, expose the idea that many men see feminism against them. It is important to see that feminism helps society as a whole, both men and women. — Another reflection carried out by most of the existing people is to recognise youth as agents of change that provide new tools to identify these situations of violence and act as social networks. — They point out the importance of inclusive language, “what is not named does not exist”. — Some of the young women spoke about the importance of addressing sex education and the issue of pornography and prostitution, which are taboos, and yet they are also gender-based violence. — About the video made by the Government of La Rioja written by young people who were seen at the beginning of the forum, one of the girls says that it is okay, but that it is important to go further and see that the reality can be more cruel. In addition, they point out that the videos, it is not only important that they be broadcast through the social networks of the Government of La Rioja, but also use other networks. They highlight the need for young influencers. They would like them to participate even more young to reach out to more people. — It is commented in the forum the increase in almost three times the complaints against sexual freedom and this leads to the reflection that they may not have grown, but that there may be less shame when it comes to reporting. Maybe you're assuming it’s everyone’s problem. — The video is displayed: What to do something like a little girl? And the debate arises about when it became an insult to doing something like a girl. The young attendees show their agreement that doing something like a girl sounds like you're humiliating someone. This lowers women’s confidence. IT IS NECESSARY TO REWRITE THE RULES. To the FINAL OF THE FORUM THE ASSISTANT PERSONS KNOW ASSEMBLY as they arrived and as they see each other (in terms of expectations): Most points out that despite the tiredness after a long day, it has been worthwhile, as they have been able to reflect on the issue. They ask for more spaces like this to express themselves and share with other young people. This Forum serves as a reinforcement and they also point out that they have known closely cases of people who have experienced this situation. The most commonly used adjectives by young people have been: Reinforced, happy, enriched, accompanied, and hopeful.
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