‘Ladies and gentlemen, fasten your seatbelts and enjoy the ride on Gendrian Spacelines! We would like to inform you that you have just been abducted from Earth and will travel with us to Planet Gendria to help our researchers discover more about gender issues’. This is how the training course “Mainstreamning Gender Isssues in organizing youth exchanges and training courses on international level” organised by YEU International in Azerbaijan from the 15 to the 21 of November 2010 kicked off.
During the 6 full days of training, participants from 22 countries explored gender issues from different point of views, from culture to policies and politics, from religion to identity, from gender roles and their evolution throughout the ages to stereotypes and taboos.
Using non-formal education methods, the team of 28 specialists had to solve a number of tasks and seize as many learning opportunities as possible inside the University of Gendria or the Gendrian Parliament, in the spaceship or during the field exploration (the Baku visit), developing both personal and social competences. The training course focused more on attitudes with an out-of-the-box approach creating challenging situations that helped participants to discover hidden resources in each other and within themselves.
Interacting with local people and connecting the local reality in Azerbaijan to the realities the participants have in their home organizations or countries were another important points of the training course.
As a result of the whole activity, the participants contributed to the creation of a booklet with concrete recommendations to youth NGOs for promoting gender equality in their activities and tackling the different elements covered by the training course.