WINGS – Supporting Women survivors of trafficking through a Comprehensive Integration Programme
Wings project is to support women survivors of trafficking through the implementation of a comprehensive integration program.
Project Number: 101038321
Funded by: AMIF Duration: 01/02/2022-31/01/2024
Trafficking in human beings (THB) is a gross violation of fundamental rights and explicitly prohibited by the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. People are trafficked for different purposes, with sexual exploitation to remain the most prevalent one. Victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation registered in the EU are, in the great majority, women, and girls (more than 90%). For this reason, the European Institute for Gender Equality defines this crime as a “gendered, severe, and sustained form of violence against women with severe consequences, including psychological, physical and sexual harms.
Despite the fact that concrete measures are being taken by EU member states to address trafficking and support victims, there is still insufficient focus on trafficking for sexual exploitation in the EU, including when it comes to investigations and taking into account the gender aspect of the crime.
Within this context, research conducted during the Heal project revealed the need for integrated language teaching to women victims of trafficking, as local language proficiency is key for integration, as well as the need for group psychological support and tailored employment guidance which are key determinants for improving their living conditions.
WINGS is to contribute to the enhanced integration of third-country national women VoT through a multi-layered action that includes linguistic and psychological support, individual and tailored labor market counseling, and integration into the local labor market through individual internship offers.