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Re-Thinking Masculinity in Europe

We present our Re-Thinking Masculinity in Europe project financed by the European Union under the Erasmus+ program. As part of the project, an International Youth Exchange took place in Grudziądz, devoted to the search for new definitions of masculinity in Europe and ways of expressing male identity.


International Youth Exchange in Grudziądz

In May 2023, we met in Grudziądz at the International Youth Exchange. The participants came from as many as six organizations located in European countries: Institute for Prevention of Exclusions (Poland), Asociatia Se Poate (Romania), Au Carrefour de l'Europe (France), EuroMuevete (Spain), Social Hub (Bulgaria) and EuroTreviso ( Italy).

The aim of the project was to educate women and men about male stereotypes that function in Western European society through the patriarchal model of masculinity. Men themselves were to be made aware that asking for help was manly. The presence of women in the project was essential because they could help men understand that there is nothing wrong with asking for help. Based on their own female experiences, they were able to sensitize men and show them that they can open up and talk honestly about their emotions. In turn, men could show women their perspectives, points of view and experiences. Men could exchange experiences about masculinity, mental health and their needs. On the other hand, women had the opportunity to develop their relationships with men in terms of experiencing emotions and mental health.

During the youth exchange, participants had the opportunity to exchange experiences about the perception and practice of masculinity in their countries and their feelings about it. Workshops were held on stereotypes regarding masculinity, men's mental health and gender discrimination and equality. An important element of the exchange was recording videos of discussions during which participants answered previously unknown questions about their perception of masculinity and/or femininity, society's expectations regarding gender roles, and mental health. Moreover, participants created infographics in their national groups presenting issues related to masculinity in their countries. It was an extremely fruitful time full of impressions, emotions and newly gained experiences and knowledge.


Check what our participants think about the "Re-Thinking Masculinity in Europe" project


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