BASE project addresses the need to counteract gender based violence (GBV) against refugee/migrant girls through the development and sustainability of strategies to nurture inclusive communication and a culture of trust between support service professionals, victims, families and communities, thus preventing victim re-traumatisation and encouraging reporting of GBV.

Numerous issues have been raised regarding preventing, identifying and supporting victims of GBV, as well a generalised lack of official data from MSs on violence against women and girls who need international protection (FRA, June 2016). BASE proposes an approach that will ultimately benefit migrant/refugee girls who have suffered GBV by strategically proposing a work plan that primarily targets migrant/refugee women, and support service professionals who work with migrant/refugee communities, including girls victims of GBV. Additionally, BASE will raise awareness on GBV of migrant communities, informing about the phenomenon, how to identify its negative consequences, and how to get support.

BASE aims to improve the support service and procedural experience of migrant/refugee girls victims of GBV in Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia and the UK by:

  1. Contributing to the inclusion of migrant/refugee women in such processes, as cultural advisors;
  2. Increasing the capacity of support professionals to communicate and understand sociocultural factors;
  3. Lobbying for the sustainability of capacity building practices and their wide dissemination nationally and transnationally through cross-country cooperation;
  4. Raising public awareness on the vulnerability of migrant/refugee girls to GBV contributing to its visibility and counteraction.

The above will be achieved through the implementation of the following activities:

  1. Contextual practices in handling GBV against migrant/refugee girls
  2. BASE Programme (for empowerment of Cultural Advisors and Capacity building of professionals on communication with migrant/refugee girls victims of GBV)
  3. Multiagency cooperation and mutual learning
  4. Dissemination & communication

The project is funded by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Program of the European Union.

In Greece, the project will be implemented by KMOP.

This publication has been produced with the financial support of the Rights, Equality and Citizenship (REC) Programme of the European Union. The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of KMOP and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Commission.