A gender-transformative life-skills education program will be institutionalized in secondary schools in Bosnia and Herzegovina. 

CARE International Balkans in Bosnia and Herzegovina is working with education ministries to first accredit and then institutionalize its gender-transformative life-skills educational curriculum called “Program Y – Youth” for use in secondary schools. Within Bosnia and Herzegovina, education policy is decentralized to 11 different education ministries. One of the first ministries, from the Herzegovina-Neretva Canton, has already included CARE’s program as part of its strategies for violence prevention. All secondary schools will soon be required to implement the program. A phased-in process has been developed, focused on building capacity for teachers and peer educators to implement the program jointly.

This article was first published in the fifth edition of the EECA Regional Newsletter on Gender-Transformative Programming

In Belarus, the "Mission Father" documentary photo exhibition depicts involved fathers and male role models. 

On May 31, the eve of World Parents’ Day, the “Mission Father” photo exhibition opened at the Center for Children and Youth in Minsk, Belarus. In response to a study showing that Belarusian working women participate in household duties twice as much as men, and that only one percent of Belarusian men take parental leave due to gender stereotypes, UNFPA Belarus developed the documentary photo project to encourage men to take parental leave and participate equally in care work. The exhibition presents 12 male role models who enjoy fatherhood and break gender stereotypes. Each photo is followed by an insight about parenting from interviews with the featured fathers.


Learn more about “Mission Father” here.

This article was first published in the fifth edition of the EECA Regional Newsletter on Gender-Transformative Programming.

Armenian clergymen participated in gender-transformative trainings to learn tools for facilitating discussions. 

In 2016, Armenian Apostolic Church Christian Education Centre youth workers and clergymen participated in an extensive training course to improve their knowledge of gender inequity and gender-based violence and to discuss ways to actively engage men in changing prevailing stereotypes. Through the training, they learned new methodologies to open up discussions on gender norms and to promote dialogue about men’s and women’s equal rights and responsibilities, which they will use when working with youth at schools and in the army. The clergymen will talk to boys and men about the harm that occurs as a result of gender-stereotyped thinking, emphasizing gender equality for family well-being and the overall good of society.

This article was first published in the fifth edition of the EECA Regional Newsletter on Gender-Transformative Programming.