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Group discussion during EVA-FEM in Macedonia, 2018

Group discussion during EVA-FEM in Macedonia, 2018

“I wanted to thank you with all my heart for what I experienced in this wonderful project. I think every person who was there was special in creating the perfect package for a major change in my life.” - EVA-FEM participant

EVA FEM stands for Empowerment, Vitality and Assertiveness, Female Education in Mentoring. Project activities are based on non-formal and informal education. They include self-defence, martial arts, sport and outdoor activities, as well as workshops around the topics of inclusion, equity, gender violence, gender discrimination, and the empowerment of women in general but specifically those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Workshops revolve around the topics of inclusion, mobility, technology, communication, IT tools, social media, leadership, coaching and empowerment.

“I am now home with a new version of myself. A much more improved version from both physical and spiritual points of view due to the martial arts. I’m much more confident. And because of Jim, a part of the difficult past that I had chasing me for so long, I managed to leave it behind in Greece.”

Participants can access free group or one-to-one support from a professional counsellor during daily Safe Space. All the activities during the project are designed to get all of the people involved inclusively and to encourage the participation and motivation of all of them.

Self-defence workshop in Larissa, Greece, 2019

Self-defence workshop in Athens, 2019

Participants grow a sense of their own identity, competences, value and strengths by exploring the self-confidence gained through self-defense tools and ultimately the exploration of the need to create a framework for a course of self-defense and empowerment which they themselves can go on to teach.

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EVA-FEM has been designed to promote independence, competences and different skills of young females from the wider community. We aim to empower women who are disabled, or from other marginalised groups such as immigrant backgrounds.

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