Cut All Ties, a digital project for the reduction of male violence in adolescents and young people
REC Programme, ABD (Associació Benestar i Desenvolupament), Fondazione Acra, Citibeats
A training and education programme based on new technologies that contributes to reducing gender violence that women suffer in their youth, and specifically in their first sexual relations.
Given the alarming data on gender violence that women suffer from an early age, the Cut All Ties project aims to contribute to raising awareness, preventing and reducing male violence –sexual, physical, emotional or psychological– in the first sexual relationships between young people. The ultimate goal is to bring about changes in social norms and behaviour in the people who make up this group. The project will be carried out between January 2021 and January 2023 and is aimed at students aged between 15 and 17 and teachers from 6 secondary schools in Barcelona, Madrid and Milan, a total of 120 young people and 120 teachers.
The project has been mainly based on data extracted thanks to new technologies, as it has been implemented through the design, implementation and validation of a training programme that has allowed the participants to reflect and learn in order to identify and prevent gender violence in their first affective sexual relationships. Thus, in order to identify the issues and problems most present among this group, as well as the causes, prevalence and consequences of gender violence, 200,000 anonymous data have been collected through a transnational Artificial Intelligence text analysis platform.
Specifically, Citibeats’ algorithm, which analyses unstructured text data, identifies social trends, gender-based violence narratives and common concerns across countries. This information, as well as that extracted from the anonymous Typeform survey, has been key to developing the training programme which, in secondary schools, has emphasized good practices and tools to prevent gender-based violence. These actions have been led by groups of young feminists, close to the students.
The project was set up by the European Commission in response to the alarming data emerging from the first EU macro-survey on gender-based violence, which indicates that one in three women have suffered gender-based violence before the age of 15, regardless of their socio-economic background or country of origin, and shows how intimate partner violence between adults begins in adolescence.
Level of implementation
According to the project’s impact data, it has managed to reduce by 10% the attitudes and behaviours that undermine gender equality in the affective-sexual relationships of young people and, at the same time, to increase by 20% the knowledge necessary to identify situations of violence against girls and the resources available to those who suffer from it.