At the end of August 2017, Gender Alternatives conducted a second expert meeting for creation of an online simulation game for prevention of sexual violence and harassment against young people. The event is part of a sequence of meetings involving women survivors and experts who work in the field of prevention of gender-based violence. In separate workshops, the GAF team worked with young peers to draft the narrative of the game. Such parallel meetings are held in other 5 countries, part of the CONVEY Project - Counteracting sexual violence and harassment: Engaging Youth in schools in digital education on gender stereotyping.
The discussions focused on two plots which reveal the stories of young people who became victims of sexual violence. These storylines are developed beforehand by the youth peer groups, organized in the project countries. The task of the expert group was to see whether the stories reflect realistically the sexual violence problem and to what extent the plots break gender stereotypes.
The aims of the meetings are to create an online game that can unveil the factors linked to gender stereotypes and gender roles contributing to sexual violence and sexual harassment. The CONVEY team also will present awareness-raising videos (one per country) to be included in the online game and to be used as part of an advocacy campaign.
The project is co-funded by the Rights, Equality & Citizenship Programme of the European Union and it’s being implemented by organisations in 6 EU countries: CESIE (IT), The Smile of the Child (GR), Hope for Children (CY), Sexual Violence Centre Cork (IE), Gender Alternatives (BG), Westminster City Council (UK).