CULTIVATING GENDER AND SOCIAL SENSIBILITY AMONG YOUNG MALE LEADERS OF THE NORTH CAUCASUS
Realized in 2016 project was directed at the North Caucasian young men (till 35 years old) from Chechnya, Kabardino-Balkaria, Dagestan and Ingushetia. The project goals embraced cultivating gender and social sensibility among the target group, increasing their motivation for social activity and developing their personal resources for social work.
In the course of the project three training session were conducted. During the first training session, «Responsible Paternity and Role of a Man in Family», participants discussed traditional perceptions on raising children and family relationships, as well as their opinions and experience. Many exercises related to family history, participants’ childhood and actual family relationships provoked debates and discussions, and caused strong emotional distress.
At the end of training session a lot of participants confessed that they had changed their behaviour and their mental set to more egalitarian, payed more attention and provided more care towards their family members, wives and children.
Second training session «Uniqueness of an Individual as an Investment to Prosperity of Society» continued work on personal stories and helped participants in finding and strengthening resources for their personal development.
Reflection was an important part of the training during which participants were analysing limitations on personal development in republics, in families and in mind-sets of participants themselves, how these limitations could be overcome and what are the social problems participants would like to work on.
Besides all, during the training session results of a research «Men’ life in the North Caucasus» were discussed from the viewpoint of participant’s personal experience, national gender special aspects, traditions and religion.
During the final training session participants discussed results of a research «Life and Position of Women in the North Caucasus», which had later shaped the group work for the Forum Theatre where participants performed scenes from real life and negotiated possible solutions for problem situations. Large part of these exercises was devoted to analysis of the most acute problems in republics and elaboration of project plans for resolution.
Each training session consisted of verbal reflective practices, group work, forum theatre sessions, lectures and body moving exercises.
20 participants, among them activists, bloggers, religious leaders, school teachers and university professors, took part in training sessions.
All participants had highly appreciated positive changes after training sessions, and noticed their strengthened competencies in gender and social issues and increased motivation for initiating social projects.