Project Timeframe: October 2020-June 2021
The project decreased stereotypes on SRHR and gender equality and changed the attitude of YP, teachers and doctors to CSE and gender equality. A pool of progressive educators 192 (against projected 150 people) and doctors 100 (against projected 150 people) was created to promote gender equality, non-discrimination, gender based and sexual violence, early and forced marriage. Doctors and teachers learnt about gender equality and learn skills how to prevent and respond to SGBV thanks to video lessons. There were developed video lessons for educators and health professionals with hired team of specialists including videographer, editor, and computer graphics specialist. Video lessons were presented for medical and educational workers on online pruffme.com platform and conducting online trainings for medical professionals and educators. Trained young people possess the skills necessary for health and well-being. Five-day Training for trainers was conducted to selected young volunteers. Because training was competitive based only 19 participants were selected to attend ToT, instead of scheduled 20. Conducting SGBV peer–to-peer single sessions and lessons. Six leading young trained trainers in Nur-Sultan, Almaty and Shymkent conducted over 140 online (pruffme.com platform) and offline sessions and trainings for 1,100 peers including vulnerable youth. As a result 1,100 YP who know their SRHR and who share their skills necessary for health and well-being and promote healthy behaviour. These leaders affect youth including vulnerable youth to become advocates for SRHR, choice and rights. The number of educated youth in CSE with focus on prevention of SGBV increased. The project raised awareness of YP on SRHR and gender equality, the number of SGBV cases decreased. Publishing content on prevention of SGBV on social networks and other media and reaching about 9,000 (against 10,000) active readers of the social network pages that respond to the posts in comments and personal messages. Sharing results of the project with Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education during two meetings – one offline and other – in online format.
Developing online courses for educators and youth on SGBV with possibility of obtaining certificates was one of the achievements. The main achievements were that 1,100 youth was trained in prevention of SGBV, and that social media campaign reached out to 9000 people (KMPA facebook account, @KMPA_projects, @Ne_tabu).
Development of study manual “Safe from Sexual and Gender-Based Violence” was also the achievement of the project.
The main challenge was working under COVID pandemic conditions and necessity of transition from offline to online format that resulted in deleting scheduled meetings (for instance, with schools, colleges, orphanages etc.,to negotiate for running CSE/SGBV sessions, live Round table with ministries) and activities (conducting sessions and trainings). Instead of negotiations and taking permission to conduct sessions at institutions, the project staff published advertisements in social networks and among their partners. Offline Round table with ministries was transformed to online format as well as conducting sessions and trainings.