10.8 Current debates and reforms
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The Government has in June 2021 commissioned the Swedish Agency for Youth and Civil Society (MUCF) to produce and disseminate knowledge focusing on honour-related violence and oppression. The purpose is to increase competences in in these issues among professionals who in their work come into contact with young people.
Honour-related violence and oppression is a serious societal problem that violates and restricts mainly the rights and freedoms of girls and young women, but also young men and young LGBTQI people. Knowledge-raising and violence prevention efforts are needed in leisure activities, as leisure leaders and other professionals can, through their work, come into contact with young people who are exposed to honour-related violence and oppression.
It is important that leisure activities for young people are inclusive and that those who work with young people's leisure time have the competence to handle issues related to honour-related violence and oppression.
The assignment was reported in March 2022. The report contains an account of the efforts made in 2021, including a knowledge compilation of research on general violence prevention and the specific work against honour-related violence and oppression. It also contains a picture of the state of knowledge, identifies good examples from activities and describes the role of open leisure activities in violence prevention work, as well as offers suggestions and assessments regarding future efforts.