On behalf of the REBOOT NOW Consortium, we are delighted to invite you to the REBOOT NOW project’s final conference ‘Preventing gender-based violence among youth in the post-Covid era: Let’s REBOOT!’, that will be held in a hybrid format on

January 25th, 2024, 14:30-17:00

In presence, at the European Parliament, Spinelli Building – Room SPAAK 7C50, and online, throughout the WebEx platform. Join us to explore together how we can contribute to the prevention of gender-based violence among young people through the enhancement of their wellbeing!


Welcoming speech and introduction to the REBOOT NOW!

Cloé Saint-Nom, Rights & Justice Unit Coordinator – CESIE, Italy


Panel 1 – Gender-based violence among youth

  • Gender-Based Violence Among Young People: The current status in Europe – UN Women, Brussels
  • Youth Advisory Boards: combating GBV from a bottom-up approach – Francesca Barbino, Project Manager – CESIE, Italy
  • Appearance and forms of gender-based violence and mental health in the REBOOT NOW participating schools – Blaž Lenarcic, Project Manager – ZRS KOPER, Slovenia


Panel 2 – Young People and Mental Health

  • Nurturing children’s mental health: creating a safe environment for students – Elizabeth Gosme, Director of COFACE Families Europe
  • The importance of training educational professionals on students’ mental health – Nadia Kozhouharova, Project Manager – Animus Association Foundation, Bulgaria
  • Wellbeing Festival: Celebrating mental health – Valeria Puletti, Education researcher – FCSVM


Panel 3 Young people tell the REBOOT NOW story

  • REBOOT NOW! Through Young People’s Eyes & Ideas for Future Changes – National Youth Advisory Boards representatives


Panel 4 The Reboot Now! Footprint

  • Cooperation, Support and Upscaling – Nadia Kozhouharova, Project Manager – Animus Association Foundation, Bulgaria
  • Platform-enhanced support – Marina Natsia, Researcher – KMOP Social Action and Innovation Centre, Greece
  • Peer Empowerment and Awareness Raising – Valeria Puletti, Education Researcher – FCSVM, Italy

16:40 – 17:00

Closing speech – MEP Alessandra Moretti, S&D Group

Cocktail offered by the end of the event

Let’s work together and REBOOT NOW! Attendance is free of charge.

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A few words about REBOOT NOW!

The initiative REBOOT NOW – Prevention of Gender-Based Violence in Schools after Lockdown is coordinated by CESIE and implemented in five European countries: Italy –CESIE and Fondazione Hallgarten-Franchetti Centro Studi Villa Montesca, Greece – KMOP Social Action and Innovation Centre, Cyprus – Hope For Children CRC Policy Center, Slovenia – Znanstveno-Raziskovalno Sredisce Koper, and Bulgaria – ANIMUS Association Foundation.

For two years, we have worked intensively to implement psychological counselling desks at schools to support the recovery of young people and families from difficulties that arose from measures against the COVID-19 pandemic; mainly through positive actions that support the well-being, mental health and young people’s capacity-building for developing healthy relationships. We further developed an online platform collecting existing information and training materials for adults (school staff and families) and children, serving as an online access point to the counselling desk. At the same time, we organised awareness-raising actions addressed to stakeholders and the general public. Following a co-creation procedure, we established a Youth Advisory Board in each country to evaluate and provide insightful feedback on the materials and actions implemented.

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