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Swedish youths to get gender lessons in effort to fight stereotypes

Published torsdag 5 februari 2015 kl 15.30
"There can’t ever be zero difference between the genders"
(5:03 min)
Kungsholmen Gymnasium
Pupils from class En1b at Kungsholmens Gymnasium in Stockholm. From left to right: Pascal, Marcus, Julie, Patricia, Gabriel. Photo: Nathalie Rothschild/Radio Sweden.

Men For Equality is launching a scheme aimed at challenging stereotypical views of gender and violence among youths, but the initiative evokes mixed reactions among school pupils.

Should schools and youth associations do more to discourage gender stereotypes and encourage young men to avoid violence?

The answer is yes, according to the organisation Men For Gender Equality, which is launching a pilot mentoring scheme aimed at challenging young people’s views of masculinity, femininity and violence.

It comes after a recent report by the Swedish Agency for Youth and Civil Society, which suggested that young men who have stereotypical views of gender roles are more likely to be aggressive. The same goes for young women, but they are less likely to resort to violence, according to the study.

So, what do young people think about all this? Radio Sweden went to a high school in central Stockholm to find out how pupils there feel about the idea of having mentors change their attitudes to gender and violence, and we also spoke with Luis Lineo, the head of the organisation.

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