The YTT Gender-Equality Approach
Focuses on how participants visually establish a gender-equality understanding and knowledge of themselves and their community. This approach is defined by two distinct elements, the YTT Visual Language and the YTT Methodology.
YTT Visual Language
Through drawing, people can express clearly their thoughts and feelings independently of dialect, nationality or education (Arizpe, Colomer, & Martínez Roldán, 2014). Like most languages, the YTT visual language consists of three tenses : past, present and future. Every participant in our Gender-Equality Education program begins by creating drawings of their life before: Yesterday; of their current life: Today; and of their life imagined in the future: Tomorrow. The resulting images, are vivid, powerful and transmit distinctly the individual voice.
Yesterday. By a 9 year old Iraqi Girl.
Today. By a 13 year old Iraqi-Kurdistan Boy.
Tomorrow. By a 21 year old Ukrainian Woman.
Yesterday. By a 40 year old Somali Woman.
Today. By a 14 year old Congolese Girl.
Tomorrow. By a 17 year old Pakistani Boy.
Applying the YTT visual language as the baseline structure allows for specifically designed program content that employs the activation of emotional/cognitive empathy, perspective-taking and fosters the concepts of identity, cultural/ethnic differences and social comprehension. Social psychology is also applied as a theoretical background, particularly the intergroup contact theory by Allport (1954).