Project dates: 26 July – 2 August 2015

Project place: Tenala, Finland

Deadline for application: URGENT CALL!



Our daily consumer choices affect not only our own lives and wellbeing but the people and the world around us as well. In many countries the market for ethically and sustainably produced food products has grown, and the same issues have gained greater visibility for example in the clothing industry. At the same time our gender and class has an impact on our consumer choices, affecting both our personal health and ecological footprint. What is this all about and how does it actually affect us?

Class and gender are concepts that can be perceived as abstract and hard to grasp but both have a big impact on our lives and the choices we make – and feel we can make. Why is it more likely that you’re vegetarian if you’re a woman, live in an urban area or have a high level of education? During the training course we will start from the basics and discuss gender norms around masculinity, femininity and heteronormativity, how we can understand class, and ethical and ecological aspects of consumption. We will combine theory with practice by discussing the norms that affect us as consumers and the importance of making informed choices, while actually practicing these choices in sustainable cooking classes.


Aim of the project: 

To promote responsible citizenship by raising awareness of the intersection between gender, class and food consumption and by practicing it in the kitchen.


Objectives in the project

  • To give an introduction to the social construction of gender and how class and gender intersect.
  • To give an introduction to sustainable food production and consumption and its societal benefits.
  • To give an introduction to how gender and class affect consumption.
  • To initiate a change in attitudes towards consumption as it relates to gender, class and sustainability.
  • To develop life skills, including cooking and sharing responsibilities among members of a household (short-term or long-term) with particular attention given to gender norms and class differences as they apply to divisions of labour.
  • To promote healthy living by promoting a plant-based diet among young people.


Profile of participants: 


  • Age above 18
  • To be active youth workers and volunteers willing to apply and multiply the knowledge received on this training course
  • Willing to get involved in and interested in the topic of the project
  • Willing to share the new knowledge with the members of CID once he/she gets back 
  • Able to work in English
  • Able to attend the entire duration of the project


Financial aspects: 

  • Food and accommodation will be covered 100%. 
  • Travel expenses are covered up to 360 EUR. 
    The participant should buy their own tickets, and will be reimbursed upon submitting all tickets, receipts and boarding passes to the hosting organization. The reimbursement will be via bank transfer. 



SENDING FEE (payable to CID): 500 MKD.


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