Um modelo inovador de empoderamento coletivo juvenil para promover a inclusão social de adolescentes vulneráveis
Although many girls serenely navigate the transition to adulthood, many are not provided adequate support and opportunities to achieve their fullest potential. They live in a condition of exclusion because of their migrant background, because belonging to a disadvantaged family or for individual fragility and psychological patterns – and often for these factors combined. Their difficult socio-economic condition makes them ill-equipped to deal with the pressures around them, which in turn make them more likely to suffer from low-esteem, inactive lifestyles, bullying or to experience lower probabilities to attend a school suited to their attitudes. Gender bias often exacerbate their already difficult situations as they perpetuate stereotypes about acceptability of behaviours, interests, and roles for men and women. Within the extensive scientific literature on the multiple dimensions of social exclusion, little attention is paid to the “femaleadolescent” binomial aspects of such processes. At EU level there remains a need to create more, dedicated space for single-sex work with young women, especially those experiencing marginalization. Most projects focus on dealing with perceived problematic behaviour and educational deficiencies of young boys, while the remaining limited programming with girls emerges around their perceived potential victimhood, particularly those of early pregnancy, precocious sexuality and low self-esteem. Instead, little interest is given, within generic youth services, to actions focusing on empowerment,exploring gender equity, or interrogating heteronormative gender discourses. In this context, there is also an emerging socio-economic issue that should not be underestimated: the so called "gender digital divide", which is often based on theroles that provide the social expectations and shape the male or female use of technology. In already disadvantaged contexts, affordability, lack of education, as well as inherent prejudices and socio-cultur...
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