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Resist the Manipulation! Developing Young Women's Critical Thinking

Project Summary:

Women and men’s experience differ, therefore public engagement of women with various social backgrounds is necessary. Diversity of opinion (and representation of various social groups) results in more democratic and fair decision-making. The project reacts to young women’s low civic participation in Czechia’s structurally disadvantaged regions. The aim is to make young women familiar with the Norwegian concept of master-suppression techniques in order to strengthen their critical thinking, self-esteem and self-consciousness, boost their motivation and courage to engage in public life.

Project Period: April 2022 – September 2023

Donor: Active Citizen's Fund – Fondy EHP a Norska


Markéta Kos Mottlová (Project Manager)

mottlova@padesatprocent.cz, +420 774 411 151


  • experience educational “camps” for women aged 18–29
  • developing education via motivational diaries
  • focus groups
  • networking of project participants
  • Instagram campaign
  • the theatre of the oppressed
  • organization's capacity building 


The project is being supported by the Open Society Fund Prague from the Active Citizens Fund. The programme promotes citizens’ active participation in the public life and decision making and builds capacities of civil society organizations. It promotes respect of human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and the respect for human rights including the rights of persons belonging to minorities. Active Citizens Fund came to the Czech Republic in September 2019 with the goal to support CSOs regardless of their size and experience. I

t is operated by the Open Society Fund Prague, Committee of Good Will - the Olga Havel Foundation and Scout Institute. The Active Citizens Fund is financed from EEA and Norway Grants 2014–2021. With EEA Grants, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway contribute towards a reduction in economic and social disparity and the strengthening of mutual cooperation in Europe. One of the important objectives of the programme is strengthening bilateral cooperation between donor and beneficiary states through financial contributions in specified priority sectors. It supports bilateral relations between the donor states Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein and the Czech Republic.

Project Partners:

Otevřená společnost, o.p.s.

Eva Søgnebotten, Norwegian expert on women's empowerment and training