PATTERN: Prevent And combaT domesTic violEnce against Roma womeN
Empowering Roma women is essential for combating & preventing domestic violence against them.
Grant Agreement Number: 881731
Funded by: REC Duration: 20/02/2020 – 19/02/2022
As outlined in the CoE Strategy on the Advancement of Romani Women and Girls (2014-2020), Roma women across Europe face not only gender discrimination but also the additional burden of racism, which push them to the margin of their society. Low educational achievements, high rates of irregular attendance and school dropouts and poor employment opportunities deprive Roma women and girls of realistic possibilities for integration and active participation in society.
At the same time, violence against Roma women and girls remains widespread in Europe, with devastating consequences for women and girls, as well as for societies and democracies. Roma women often fall victims of domestic violence, early and child and/or forced marriages, trafficking and forced prostitution, forced sterilisation, violence by the police and verbal or physical abuse by various state actors etc.
PATTERN aims to contribute to the prevention, recognition and combating of domestic violence among Roma women (16+ years old) in Greece, Bulgaria, Spain, Romania and the EU, as well as empowering them to recognize and report domestic violence and to act as leaders of change in their communities. In order to support these women, the project will target Roma intercultural mediators and professionals working in community centers or other local/community services.