In cooperation with several non-government organizations Mirovna grupa Oaza (Beli Manastir), Potencijal (Rijeka), Zora (Čakovec) and ZUM (Pula), CESI has launched a project called CONNECTED – FOR VIOLENCE-FREE RELATIONSHIPS. The aim of the project is to promote effective implementation of public policies designed to prevent teen-dating violence, and eradicate gender stereotypes and other causes of gender-based violence. "Connected" will bring together five organizations with the aim of creating positive social changes and effectively preventing teen-dating violence. Project activities will be implemented on a national, as well as regional level (in particular, in the following Croatian counties: Istria, Međimurje, Osijek-Baranja, Primorje-Gorski kotar, and the City of Zagreb).
Goal is to identify prevention programs implemented by high schools, civil society organizations and various institutions, as well as to analyze national strategies and county programs dealing with young people and gender equality policies. The data collected during the research process will be used in preparing recommendations for models of good practice in local communities, and to design activities aimed at advocating and raising awareness about the importance of teen-dating violence prevention.
Experts and decision-makers will be included in discussions on teen-dating violence and receive full support for developing and implementing prevention programs. In cooperation with youth organizations and young people themselves, partner organizations will organize public activities and draw media attention, in order to achieve an even higher impact on relevant institutions, and to raise public awareness about the importance of teen-dating violence prevention.
The project is funded by the National Foundation for Civil Society Development, and is part of the Democratization and civil society development program area.