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YMEP and lesson learned How we brought back experience from the project Young men as equal partners to Sweden . About RFSU and me.

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YMEP and lesson learned

  • How we brought back experience from the project Young men as equal partners to Sweden
about rfsu and me
About RFSU and me
  • The Swedish Association for Sexuality Education, is a politically and religiously independent member organisation dedicated to promoting an unprejudiced and open-minded attitude to sex and relationship issues, through information, education and lobbying.
  • Pelle Ullholm
  • Sexuality educators since 2001. Today master trainers of RFSU-trainers . I educates both professionals, RFSU-trainers, and end users (mostly teenage boys).
our swedish project boys groups
Our Swedish project - boys groups
  • Pilot project during three years with the same group of educator in the suburbs of Stockholm.
  • Developing new methods based on evidence and experience.
  • Processed based learning for educators and the boys.
  • It was a bit like a very long work shop.
results evaluation with teachers school staff and headmaster
Results: Evaluation with teachers, school staff and headmaster
  • A calmer and safer environment in school
  • Decrease in homophobic and sexist language
  • More verbal and discussion keen pupils
results evaluation with the boys
Results: Evaluationwith the boys
  • We had more than 90 % turnout in all sessions
  • 65 out of 76 boys answered on our project evaluation
  • 50 gave us the highest mark 5 (exellent)
  • 15 gave us 4 (very good)
  • A big majority wanted to continue with the sessions
  • Many wanted the facilitators as ordinary teachers
d isposition topics of discussion
Disposition & topics of discussion:
  • 1st meeting: Presentation, rules, association around sex/sexuality, anatomy
  • 2nd: Film “First time", the concept of virginity, condoms
  • 3rd: Reciprocity, love and LGBT
  • 4th: Masculinities - to be/become a boy/man
  • 5th: Violence (physical, mental, sexual), sexual harassment (whore-player principle, double standard)
  • 6th: Visit to the youth clinic, STIs and condom school (attitudes/values)
  • 7th Pornography, internet, closure
  • Size of group
  • about ten boys in each group with two professional sexuality educators from RFSU
  • How often
  • once a week, 7-10 times/semester, each session at least 90 minutes
  • Where?
  • In school, on ordinary school time (but not compulsory)
  • Important to have time between the sessions to give the boys time to think and reflect around the issues we discuss.
  • The rule of mutual respect, consentand understanding
  • The right to integrity and the responsibility to respect other people’s integrity. The aim is to understand each other and at the same time be faithfull to yourself.
partner sex and gender
Partner: Sex and gender
  • Focusing on gender inequalitymainlyregarding the right toshape and express yoursexuality and relations. We talk aboutsexual spacesregarding sex and gender.
  • Weexplain the differencebetween sex and gender. Usingyouthfriendlymethodswedescribehow gender is a social construction and it can and willalwayschange
  • A negative wiew on females sexuality is a very important topic. This will shape a dominant masculinity.
partners hetero homo and bisexuality
Partners: Hetero-, homo- and bisexuality
  • Talking about hetero-, homo- and bisexuality as very similar and equal.Butwetalk aboutthatsexual spacesdiffer and itsrelatedtopower.
  • This is important for sexual health, for a right perspective and for a positive view on sexuality.
  • Regarding masculinity homophobia and a negative wiew on females sexuality are very important topic. This will shape a dominant masculinity.
client young men and questions
Client - Young men and questions
  • Question box. Using their own questions will involve them. Answer every single question. Tips: Internet based question boxes
  • Anatomy. Facts about genitals. Emphasising changes in the puberty, sexual response and pleasure. Similarities between male and female genitals
  • Relations. How to flirt, how to show what you want.
  • Violence. A broad perspective based on their own experience.
  • Condoms, testing and STI:s. Knowledgeaboutconodms, tests, vist a clinic.
agent of change
Agent of change
  • Gender. Howmasculinityis a social construction and it can and willalwayschange, by givingexamples
  • The wiewofchanges. Potential, responsibility and obligations
  • Youthfriendlymethods. Howtodescribemasculinitytheorywhentalkingtoboys? Method: MasculinityBOX
  • Focus on masculinity– Focus on masculinitynot men or boys
  • Boys friendly approach. Knowingtheireverydaylife and respectingtheir positions right here is involving in it self
agent of change1
Agent of change
  • Goals
  • Acknowledge gender inequality
  • Acknowledge that it also affects boy’s and men’s life's in negative ways
  • Acknowledge that masculinity is a social construction.
  • Keep in mind: Just being in the group of boys and only listening and talking in a normcritical wayabout sex, love, feelings, friendship and family is challenging the dominant masculinity.
  • We educated all trainers in the organisation and involved this perspective when meeting young boys and girls
  • We added this perspective when educating professionals atyouth friendly clinics and teachers
  • We presented this small project when meeting other NGOs working in the field of gender
  • In short we did not scaled up this project at all. We involved it in our regular work.
scaling up
Scaling up
  • Right now we work with two new project where we involving this thinking. This is the right time to scaling up.
  • Youth clubs in eight different cities. Focusing on educating the professionals and involving the leaders of the cities.
  • Soccer for all. Now we work with the biggest soccer club in Sweden. Focusing on educating the trainers in issues about sexism, racism and masculinity.

Thank you!

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