Promundo Trains Youth Educators in Gender Equity Through Arts Program in Rio de Janeiro


After granting Promundo the Juscelino Kubitschek Prize for our work on human rights issues in Brazil, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) invited Promundo to lead a gender training initiative for professionals working with young people via Galpão Aplauso – or “Applause Warehouse” in English – a program for social inclusion through the arts that provides opportunities for at-risk youth.

Aimed at training and introducing young people from low-income communities into the labor market in Rio de Janeiro, Galpão Aplauso develops and runs cultural, artistic, and business programming. Their courses focus on building technical skills in theater, circus, dance, music, and the fine arts. In addition, Galpão also has a theater and dance company made up of their beneficiaries.

The initiative, led by Promundo, aims to train 20 Galpão Aplauso staff on topics such as networking, communication and relationship-building, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, racism, sexual and reproductive rights, sexual exploitation of children and adolescents, discrimination in the labor market, and social movements. The goal of the project is for educators to incorporate these topics into their work with youth.

Ten workshops were developed, each covering a different theme; the full series was completed by the beginning of this year. After the workshops, a manual will be developed with activities that professionals can continue to carry out with the youth.

The final workshop with professionals was dedicated to creating action plans to ensure that they feel comfortable incorporating these topics into their work moving forward. The action plan will be implemented in 2017, and monitored and evaluated by Promundo.

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