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Volume 8, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 1751-1917
  • E-ISSN: 1751-1925


Gender-based violence (GBV) among adolescents has been an understudied phenomenon in Europe, despite the prevalence of studies that deal with violence against women and intimate partner violence. Drawing on the results of a research study conducted with Greek-Cypriot adolescents and teachers in secondary education schools in Cyprus, the present contribution aims to highlight common forms of GBV in adolescent intimate and peer relationships, as well as the much neglected gender dimension in the perpetration and toleration of bullying in schools. Furthermore, the author aims at examining the models of attraction that Greek-Cypriot teenagers maintain and their possible interconnections to violence. By investigating the various forms of gender-related violence the author aims to expose the diverse needs of youth in relation to this phenomenon, but also to examine the contribution that a reformulated citizenship education can make in addressing such violence and discrimination. For this purpose, the author takes a critical look on the management of gender and other social inequality-related issues through the citizenship education philosophy and curriculum, with a special focus on the Cypriot context, and argues for a more inclusionary concept of citizenship that would represent the everyday realities of diverse social groups and contribute to social change.


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  • Article Type: Article
Keyword(s): adolescence; bullying; citizenship; education; gender; violence
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