Ålands fredsinstitut
The Åland Islands Peace Institute

Hamngatan 4
AX-22100 Mariehamn, Åland, Finland
Tel. +358 18 15570
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On May 21-25 the Åland Islands Peace Institute is happy to gather on Åland representatives from partner organizations in all countries where the ÅIPI has been co-operating on gender equality and empowerment since the foundation in 1992. Participants come from Lithuania, Latvia, Russia (Karelia and the Kaliningrad region), Belarus and Azerbaijan. All the partner organisations have in cooperation with the Peace Institute adopted the so called girl and boy group method that aims to strenghten individuals’ selfesteem and to promote their abilities to question prevailing gender norms, to solve conflicts peacefully and to take an active part in society.


Since 2003 when the method was introduced in Lithuania it has become a highly appreciated activity both among the leaders and the group members. In total 43 foreign participants together with the representatives from Åland will get an opportunity to develop their knowledge in the field of gender theory, exchange experiences of group work and discuss the challenges and visions for the future. The seminar is co-ordinated with local partners Emmaus Åland and Save the Children Åland.

In connection with the meeting, on the 23rd of May at 6 p.m. an open discussion held in Russian and Swedish, on the theme of gender equality, progress and challenges, will be arranged at the city library of Mariehamn.




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