Since 2008, a total of 6,500 young people, half a thousand a year, have participated in Basauri in the 1era2kain program, which promotes the City Council’s Equality area in all Secondary schools. The objective is none other than to combat “machismo, but also LGTBiphobia and enhance the recognition of diversity,” explains the Councilor for Equality, Isabel Cadaval. “Co-education and interventions aimed at the young population of our municipality are key pieces to achieve the much-needed change in mentalities that will promote the education in values in which we have been working in Basauri for years,” adds the municipal official.
And in light of what happened last Sunday morning when thirteen young people – nine of them have been identified by the Ertzaintza – gave Ekain Perrino a brutal beating, it is more necessary than ever to continue in this line. According to the last balance that the Ertzaintza manages, in 2020 241 incidents of hate were registered in the Basque Country, the majority racist and due to sexual orientation. In Basauri there were also seven attacks against sexual freedom and 59 complaints of continued mistreatment. The data is no more optimistic this year. In the first quarter, a further twelve complaints of ill-treatment were filed.
Faced with this social scourge, the local institution fights with all its might against sexist violence. It is a tool that encourages the adolescent population to overcome gender stereotypes and creates a critical awareness about the structural nature of this social scourge and its close relationship with homophobia, lesbophobia, transphobia and racism.
Young people between 13 and 15 years old who are in the third and fourth year of ESO in the five secondary schools that exist in the municipality participate throughout the year in workshopss in which machismo and how to deal with it is worked in a participatory way. They are told that inequality does not come only based on sex, but also on what is perceived as different, the importance of living and making sexual and gender diversity visible in society, as well as experiences that alert them to gender relationships. control and dependency. Nor is the course of analyzing the forms of relationship in social networks, how machismo is present and tools to face it are forgotten. In addition, the local institution provides support in the centers that want to promote the creation of feminist groups to fight against macho bulling.
«For us to work on these issues is a priority, we have just finished the systematization process of the plan, in force for the last 4 years and we are in the process of preparing the II Plan», Says the mayor. In addition, the Equality area is working on “new projects” with the educational community because the intention is to extend training to Primary schools as well.
On the other hand, young people are offered the Sexual Information Office service from where respect for diversity is worked, because although a sexual freedom discourse is common, paradoxically there is another in which homophobic ideas are openly manifested. In Marienea, people who need it are cared for and in case of sexual discrimination they are referred to ERABEREAN of the Basque Government.