WCC programmes for youth focuses on building healthy relationships and prevent sexual violence for the young people. There are several programmes working with youths, and also specific programmes like Respek and Be Savvy, Be Safe and are described as below.
Aimed at teenagers to think about how we make friends and our expectations in friendships. We discuss positive and negative aspects in relationships, especially when dating and talk about choices and negotiations in relationships.
It is important for teenagers to have a sense of self-respect, respect for others, and an understanding of what constitutes a healthy relationship. We also explain that it’s important to get help if there is sexual assault and where they can get help.
This is our introductory session in understanding gender sensitisation where participants brainstorm similarities and differences in men and women in terms of physical characteristics and social roles. This helps participants to realise that sex defines biological traits while gender refers to widely shared ideas and expectations concerning men and women. These ideas and expectations are learned from family, friends, opinion leaders, religious & cultural institutions, schools, the workplace, advertising & the media.
In this workshop, the objective is to enable participants to understand the influence of gender expectations in relationships, marriage, and violence against women
(VAW). This activity is intended to stir participants’ awareness of how gender ideas influence people’s expectations in relationship.
This section take a step further to show how gender ideas and expectations can lead to violence against women. We look at the myths and realities relating to VAW and share real cases from WCC’s experience to make participants aware of the link between gender expectations and domestic violence.
This workshop is targeted at 16-17 year old boys to foster respect towards girls. The aim is to start these boys on a path towards a positive attitude to women and a healthier concept of relationships between men and women.
WCC’s male facilitators run this module to encourage open and frank discussions about the boys’ ideas and responses regarding women. The participants explore how to relate to young women by first looking into their ideas, beliefs and attitude towards women. Then, they link how their ideas/beliefs/attitudes influence their behaviour. We also talk about sexual assault and the boys discuss how gender violence impact on victims how young men can be involved in supporting victims of sexual assaults.
This workshop aims to ensure teenagers think about personal safety when socialising using online social media. We stress the use or appropriate security and privacy settings in online accounts and discuss about how making friends in the virtual world might be different with how we make friends in the real world, how quickly pictures and posts can travel and how impossible to retract them.
One of the tools that we use to open up discussion about healthy relationships and risky situations is a series of 10 minute videos with actors playing out various scenarios that young people typically face in their relationships.Participants work together to identify any exploitative situations and suggest choices and actions that the characters in the video might take in each situation.
WCC also trains teachers and educators to conduct our programmes. This is to encourage these educators to run these programmes at their respective schools for their students.