The project develops co-operation, foster new ideas and exchange best practices among organisations in order to transversally address gender mainstreaming in youth work around Europe.

The aim of the strategic partnership “Boys don’t cry…?” is to develop and transfer educational tools and organisational practices to de-construct gender roles and stereotypes in youth work achieving a long lasting effect.

The project wants to underline the transversality of gender mainstreaming, addressing the way how femininities and masculinities are constructed and how it affects society in general and youth work in particular. That’s why this strategic partnership proposal addresses youth workers, trainers and educators, to develop learning tools aiming at mainstreaming gender in youth work through Human Rights Education and Non-Formal Education methodologies.


The specific objectives of the project are:

  • gender-sex-personTo explore how gender roles are constructed and “normality” established for masculinities and femininities in diverse communities around Europe;
  • To introduce non formal education and Human Rights Education methodologies and to implement approaches and activities that support the role of youth work in this area;
  • To contribute actively to de-construct sexist attitudes through capacity building, exchange of best practices, testing youth work tools, and create methods that challenge predetermined gender roles and inequalities;
  • To foster cooperation and exchange of best practices, raise awareness and develop competences in key concepts for mainstreaming gender in youth work encouraging the cooperation between organisations directly working with young people with fewer opportunities;
  • To develop ideas for incorporating gender perspectives in youth work and at community level, and to introduce and promote the qualitative development of the activities for young people in frames of Erasmus+ programme.
  • To disseminate the results of the project by providing open access to educational materials, creating guidelines for organisational management and to strengthen the strategic cooperation between youth organisations, CSO, educational systems and local authorities.


Project stages

The strategic partnership is implemented through several phases, which include mobility action of youth workers from partner countries, community level actions and the creation of educational materials as a long term project result.

Phase 1: Preparation and Co-ordination meeting of all partners representatives

Phase 2: Creation of the Intellectual outputs

Phase 3: Exchange of best practices Mainstreaming gender

Phase 4: Dissemination meeting

Phase 5: Follow up activities