About IQATRY project
Key issue address by the project ‘Increasing Quality of Activities Targeting Rural Youth’ is lack of possibilities for personal and professional growth for young people (16 – 30) comingfrom rural areas of partner’s countries. Small cities, villages or remote areas in most cases do not provide opportunities for young people. They are missing access to quality free time activities, services or information on local, regional, national or international projects open for youth. In most cases, just young people who decide to study at university in bigger cities or in the capitals learn about opportunities provided by youth organizations, youth councils, parliaments, Council of Europe or Erasmus + Programme. Young passivity, lack of self-confidence and initiative are just some of the consequences of the challenges and obstacles that rural youth faces.
Besides lack of information on opportunities involvement of young people in the community life in smaller cities, villages or remote areas is low. Young people are not fully aware of their rights as young citizens and they do not have access to information on possible sources of funding (such Erasmus + Programme, Europe for Citizens, Youth Department of Council of Europe, RYCO, local and national authorities) given them an opportunity to realize own projects and initiatives. In relation to access to new opportunities, it is important to stress out gender-based stereotypes that are still strongly influencing the position of young girls and women in rural areas in the countries of the Western Balkan. Participation in public life, local or national projects is not perceiving as something usual and young girls and women face stereotypes and prejudices from their family members, community. In the process of breaking the gender stereotypes and ensuring gender equality we consider empowering young girls and women essentially important and we will focus on it during the project activities especially by involving young girls and women who broke the stereotypes and prejudices and got actively involved in their communities or at other levels.