Addressing Gender Based Violence
from the bottom-up

Children First represents a shared effort to educate school children (aged 12-18) in order to prevent and address dating violence from an early age by undermining gender stereotypes, norms and roles that are the main causes of dating violence.

Introduction

 “Children and young people are no strangers to violence”

– Glossary –

Gender based violence

Violence directed against a person because of that person’s gender (including gender identity/expression) or as violence that affects persons of a particular gender disproportionately. It can be physical, sexual and/or psychological, and includes a) violence in close relationships, b) sexual violence (including rape, sexual assault and harassment or stalking), c) slavery, d) harmful practices (i.e., forced marriages, female genital mutilation and ‘honour’ crimes) e) cyberviolence and harassment using new technologies.

Dating violence

Violence perpetrated by children/teens whilst dating, prior and during becoming adolescents and forming long-term relationships. It is defined as violence that has serious and long lasting impact.

Aim of the project

Gender-based violence is a widespread problem.  While policy and literature on the issue are slowly growing, “dating violence” amongst children and teenagers remains largely under-researched and unaddressed. 

 Children First represents a shared effort to educate school children (aged 12-18) in order to prevent and address dating violence from an early age by undermining gender stereotypes, norms and roles that are the main causes of dating violence.

News and Events

Children First – Second partners meeting

On the 5th of May 2020, partners from Cyprus (CSI), Lithuania (DDG), Greece (Symplexis and Harokopio University), Ιtaly (CESIE) and UK (IARS) virtually meet for the second consortium meeting of the CHILDREN FIRST project, which due to the Covid-19 breakdown, took...

Growing up to the hard reality of dating violence in the UK

Gender-based violence does not turn a blind eye to teen relationships   From newspapers, to TV shows and Netflix series, there is a huge discussion worldwide regarding gender-based violence, especially after the #MeToo story broke out. Asking for consent has not...