17-20. October 2022, Copenhagen, Denmark – First Youth & experts meeting

Venue: Folkevirke office (Niels Hemmingsens Gade 10, 1153 København)
Accommodation: Cabinn City Hotell (Mitchellsgade 14, 1568 København, Denmark)

Youth & Experts meetings will give an opportunity to systematise the bits and pieces of knowledge on gender-responsive education and facilitate process of establishing educational toolkit on gender equality a guidelines for the youth organisations and educational institutions.
During Youth and Experts meeting, the participants met together to continue developing educational gender journedy toolkit, discuss the results of workshops, develop web-ressource and concentrate on sharing existing resources and proposals for the International Conference. Additionally to that a separate education training part will be organised for youngsters.
Meeting will be based on norm criticism, 4R and active participation methods and it’s dedicated for active young people & educators. Training Ii part will provide necessary basic skills and knowledge of students and educators on gender equality and discover link between power relations and norms. We will combine norm criticism with other tools and methods (GET, the Staircase Models, or the 4R). Also we will conduct a meeting of partners and experts who will work on developing educational toolkits and web-resource as main practical outcome of the project.

17th of October 2022 – All day arrival, registration and check in
17.00 - 18.00 Meeting with partners and young people, sharing own expectration about the meeting and own experiences (at the Hotel)
19.00 - 20.00 Dinner at Dallevalle (Axeltorv 4)

18th of October 2022 – Working meeting Day I
10.00 – 10.30 Official opening & Project overview (Working agenda and useful materials) - Ivan Vasilevskikh  and Annamarie Balle
11.00 – 12.30 Working part I (Toolkit + guidelines development for institutions) - Vassili Golikov, Peace Child Estonia
Each working group is replaying on the questions and proposing content:
Step 1: Define your audience
Step 2: Plan your content
Step 3: Determine content presentation format
Step 4: Develop your content (analizy, reseaarch, etc) 
Step 5: Gather materials that work in your countries.
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch at Ankara (Krystalgade 8-10, 1172 KBH K)
13.30 – 15.00 Working part II (Gender Equality in Educational Institutes: How Institutes can be more Gender neutral) - Susanne Kallanvaara 
15.00 – 15.30 Coffee Break
15.30 – 17.00 Working part III (Toolkit + Web-resource editing ) - Laura Maria  Rajala, Femina
17.00 – 17.30 Presentation of I working day results and summary of day - by all participants
19.00 – 20.00 Dinner at Dallevalle (Axeltorv 4)

19th of October 2022 – Working meeting Day II
10.00 – 12.30 Working part I (Training: Equality in schools and educational institutions) - Vassili Golikov, Peace Child Estonia
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch at Ankara (Krystalgade 8-10, 1172 KBH K)
13.30 – 15.00 Working part II (Toolkit + guidelines development for institutions) - All participants 
15.00 – 15.30 Coffee Break
15.30 – 17.00 Working part III (Toolkit + Web-resource editing ) - Laura Maria Rajala, Femina 
17.00 – 17.30 Presentation of results and summary of day
19.00 – 20.00 Dinner at Dallevalle (Axeltorv 4)

20th of October 2022 – Presentation of result and follow up activities
10.00 – 11.00 Presentation of working groups results for educational toolkit and webpage update 
11.00 – 12.00 Presentation of educational toolkit layout and core parts of it
12.00 – 13.00 Summary of the I youth & experts meeting and updating the follow up activities for November 2022 in Estonia.
13.00 –  14.00 Departure 


Norm criticism is the practice of questioning the norms in a given society or context. Norms are the things that we collectively consider to be “normal” or “just the way things are” and do not take up for discussion in our daily lives. A norm is not per definition a negative thing. For example In Denmark, we have a norm about “hygge” – no one would question why you’d choose to spend your Friday night under a blanket on the couch, with candles lit and a good book. Norms can also be something as simple as taking off your shoes when entering your home, subconscious things that we all take for granted.

But norms can quickly become more complex because they contribute to rules for how to look or behave without being stigmatized. At its core, it’s about visibility: A person who follows the norms does not stand out and will generally not experience having their existence or lifestyle questioned. On the other hand, a person who breaks the norm and stands out becomes extra visible and is in risk of being met with wonder, rejection, or exclusion.

An example: To a lot of people, it continues to be the norm that marriage involves one man and one woman. A person who thinks this way is not necessarily evil or homophobic, but they’ve grown up in a society where this constellation has been overwhelmingly more visible and represented. That means that if a person like that hears a coworker talk about her wife, they might take pause. And if the whole work environment has the same set of subconscious norms, it may lead to the employee who breaks with this norm feels othered or looked down upon. At the same time, this can affect equality in terms of the law, for instance when marriage is only legal between a man and a woman, thus robbing same-gender couples of the legal perks that their heterosexual counterparts enjoy.