BASE – Migrant and refugee child-friendly support services in cases of sexual and gender-based violence

Empowering migrant/refugee women as Cultural Advisors through the implementation of a training program, which will address gender-based violence.

Funded by: REC        Duration: 01/2019-01/2021   


Challenge

According to the estimates by the European Parliament (2008/2071INI), there are 500.000 women and girls in Europe who have been subjected to FGM and, 180.000 (36%) female emigrants undergo or are in danger of undergoing, FGM. Additionally, according to the General Secretariat for Gender Equality report (2018) regarding the beneficiaries of their services, during 2018, the help-line received 5.088 calls, 4.116 (82%) out of which were incidents of gender-based violence. From the women that contacted the help-line, only 262 (9%) were migrants. It should be noted that despite the large influxes of migrants and refugees in Greece, there is no official data available for incidents of gender-based violence against migrants and refugees.

Innovation

BASE aims at empowering migrant/refugee women as Cultural Advisors through the implementation of a training program, which will address gender-based violence, in order to foster communication between support service professionals and girls victims of GBV.  

Action

BASE project has identified and analysed contextual practices in handling GBV against migrant/refugee girls. A desk research was conducted in Greece resulting to a summary report. Additionally, a final White paper will be produced which will provide transnational information on the problems faced by migrant/refugee women/girls, their vulnerabilities and needs in relation to GBV, the provision of support services and the role of public entities; the profile of support services and the needs of professionals.

Various educational programs will be implemented during the project. Stakeholders (representatives of organisations working with migrant communities and victims of GBV, representatives from migrant communities and relevant public entities) will be informed through evaluation sessions about the Cultural Advisor Curriculum and the Capacity building programme and the online Open Learning Platform which will support the training events offering educational resources. Also, Training of Trainers (ToT) workshop will be organized; aimed at transferring knowledge on the BASE training programmes and best implementation strategies.
·         Cultural Advisor workshops
Empowering migrant women as cultural advisors in procedures addressing gender-based violence.
·         Capacity building programme for professionals
Building the capacity of professionals to communicate and address the needs of migrant girls and their families.

Meetings with representatives of support services and relevant public entities will be organized to disseminate the BASE programme. Stakeholders will be brought together to analyse country contexts and debate common strategies of addressing the problem.
·         2 meetings with representatives of support service providers and Authorities
Lobbying the implementation and sustainability of BASE through the signature of protocols of cooperation.
·         3 National small-scale Events
The key purposes will be to inform, engage, promote positive change.
·         Transnational Conferences
Representatives from the supporting public entity and migrant/refugee women will be invited and engaged in a dialogue in relation to handling GBV towards girls from migrant/refugee background.

REC
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Project Partners

KMOP – Social Action and Innovation Centre
HFC (Cyprus – Project Coordinator)
APCdP (Portugal)
GAF (Bulgaria)
Rinova Limited (United Kingdom)
Abif (Austria)
CESIE (Italy)
ZRS KOPER (Slovenia)

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