Children First

Addressing Gender Based Violence from the bottom up

Children First is an innovative initiative that aims to combat gender-based violence in teen relationships by addressing deep rooted stereotypes and norms that fuel dating violence. By targeting the formal education system in 5 EU countries, this project will deliver a positive impact on two fronts:

  • Strengthening teacher and educators ‘existing capacity and understanding on how to identify and tackle gender-based dating violence.
  • Improving the understanding and increasing awareness among children and youth about the underlying social and cultural norms that reinforce gender stereotypes so as to eliminate dating violence.

During its 24month lifetime, Children First will directly and indirectly positively impact:

At least


children & youth in 5 EU countries

At least


teachers and educators

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stakeholders, professionals and specialised NGOs

Children First at a glance:

10 national & 2 comparative research reports

1 training programme

5 national Youth Advisory Board trainings

1 e-game with a toolkit

5 national youth-led campaigns

2 roundtables

2 conferences

1 public contest

5 info days

Targeted info material

3 social media accounts

1 website

1 international network


  • Funding programme

    Rights Equality and Citizenship Programme 2014 - 2020

  • Duration

    1/9/2019 – 31/8/2021

  • Budget

    414,585.52 EUR

  • Countries

    UK, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Lithuania

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