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FreeAll – Inclusive services for all LGBTIQ people

FreeAll aims to enhance protection response of social, legal, health and judicial
services tailored and sensitive to the needs of LGBTIQ people survivors of GBV.

Grant Agreement Number: 101049610

Funded by: Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values Programme (CERV – 2021 – DAPHNE)      Duration: February 2022 – January 2024

LGBTIQ

Challenge

The COVID-19 pandemic is a global challenge that has exacerbated inequalities prevalent in all regions of the world. On July 2020, IE SOGI concluded that the pandemic has a disproportionate impact on LGBTIQ persons: with few exceptions, the response to the pandemic reproduces and exacerbates the patterns of social exclusion and violence against this target group who is already highly exposed to violence and discrimination.

Furthermore, gender stereotypes, that are often unconscious bias, can influence the capacity of teachers, front-line workers, social and health operators and  cultural mediators to identify and properly support LGBTIQ+ people (especially youths and migrants) at risk or victims of violence.

Within this context, urgent measures, considering the special needs of migrant and refugee LGBTIQ people and LGBTIQ youths, must be adopted by States and other stakeholders to ensure that pandemic responses are free from violence and discrimination. 

Innovation

The FreeAll project increases the awareness of front-line workers and teachers/educators on safety and well-being of LGBTIQ survivors by providing gender sensitive trainings, mutual learning and capacity building opportunities. Its ultimate goal is to scale up its model for inclusive protection services from national to EU level.

Action

Thematic focus groups organized to collect data about the needs and possible answers to the system’s gaps in policies and practices.

The Manifesto of Intents, addressed to Institutions, Services and CSOs, provides useful insights and recommendations for the development of inclusive services for the support of LGBTIQ people victims or at risk of GBV.

The training courses aims to challenge gender stereotypes and unconscious prejudice among school staff, social, legal, judicial and health operators and promote a more inclusive and gender-sensitive approach to LGBTQI+ people who are potential or actual victims of violence. Furthermore, professionals in referral mechanisms will be equipped with the appropriate skills to enhance protection and support services to LGBTIQ people victims or at risk of GBV.

This activity includes the implementation of emergency response pilot interventions by trained staff, sensitization and orientation sessions, addressing LGBTIQ people including youths and migrant and refugee population, on existing services for GBV survivors/victims and a national event to raise LGBTIQ people’s voice regarding the protection of their rights.

The Policy Recommendations aim to scale up the tested model on inclusive protection services for LGBTIQ people at European level.

European Commission’s support for the production of this content does not constitute an endorsement of the contents, which reflect the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

Project Partners

KMOP – Social Action and Innovation Centre (Greece)
Oxfam Italia (Italy)
UJA – Universidad de Jaen (Spain)
FGB – Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini (Italy)
Aseis Lagarto (Spain)
Alice Societa Cooperativa Sociale Onlus (Italy)
COLOUR YOUTH – Koinotita LGBTQ Neon Athinas (Greece)

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