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).