Dare to act!

Gender-based violence is a global public health problem that affects one in three women. In Latvia, one in four women have experienced gender-based violence. In order to end the cycle of gender-based violence, it is important to engage young people who can act as changemakers by educating their peers and local community about violence prevention, healthy relationships, and gender equality. 
MARTA Center has been working to end gender-based violence since 2000 and has been running youth violence prevention programs since 2015. MARTA needs a stronger youth volunteer network to advocate for violence prevention in their own communities. MARTA has developed effective adolescent youth programs and is currently looking to engage more young adults (aged 18-25) in their work. 

“Dare to act!” takes an innovative approach to activism and violence prevention training for young people. This project will involve young people from three regions in Latvia: Vidzeme, Kurzeme, and Latgale. Data and alumni experience show that families living in rural regions are less likely to seek help when violence occurs, because they do not have the information and training to recognize it in all its forms.   

Project objectives:

  1. Provide training to 60 young people (aged 18-25) to become peer-to-peer educators on topics such as violence prevention and gender equality in three regions of Latvia (Kurzeme, Vidzeme, Latgale) by August 2023.
  2. Build skills in project management, event coordination, and leadership among 30 young people  (aged 18-25) coming from three regions of Latvia (Kurzeme, Vidzeme, Latgale) by mentoring them through the development of a one-day Youth festival by August 2023.
  3. Encourage young people (aged 18-25) to become opinion leaders, agents of change, and activists on violence prevention and gender equality by hosting a 1-day Youth festival in the Kurzeme region by August 2023.

Project timeline: July 2023 – December 2023

The project is implemented with the support of the Embassy of the United States of America in Riga and the Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) of the US State Department.