At the beginning of July, the Cepaim Foundation started the activities with teenagers and organized a whole week of workshops in Alzira (Valencia). It had been a first approach to check and adapt the working methodology with young population, one of the main beneficiaries of the EQUI-X project.
After more than 6 months of research and preparation by the Spanish team, 16 adolescents, both boys and girls, took part in the pilot workshops. Through group dynamics they had the opportunity to reflect on issues related to gender equality, affection, sexuality, gender and sexual diversity affective-sexual and gender, consent, and emotional education in order to build more egalitarian relationships. Adolescents were not passive recipients of the workshops but they were an active part of the dynamization of the workshops, critically addressing the debates that were generated during the dynamics.
In the same way, the issues raised around gender relations or sexism were addressed by adolescents in an intersectional manner based on their own life experiences. They reflected on how they are affected by conflicts related to their physical appearance, religion, cultural codes or family relationships and the environment, and how these factors affect their experience as boys or girls. They have also had a relevant role in the workshops debates about social networks, consent on the use of shared photos and models of masculinity and femininity that are promoted in the lyrics of the songs they are used to listen to.
Participants and facilitators could debate which are the conflicts or the points of convergence that are the base their relationships, how they build their identity during adolescence in relation to gender or sexuality. Other important elements came into the identity construction debate, like the migratory experience, the language, or the racialization processes. All these features contribute to improving the adaptation of the materials and the contents of the workshops, with the aim of making them as inclusive as possible for the future participants, without forgetting the main objective of preventing gender violence and the construction of non-violent masculinities.