Other members' proposals

Project idea:

To work together to release a book of social fairytales on prevention of sexual violence as a part of sexuality education. We already tried this format in Lithuania and results exceeded all expectations.

How we did it (step by step activities):

  • Prepared a methodology on prevention of sexual violence among youth (online and offline)
  • Trained 15 youth educators
  • Selected 5 most active ones that provided 10 sessions for youth in their youth center on the methodology they were trained.
  • After the program ended, we organized a 2 day workshop for creation of fairytales (youth workers and youth that participated in the sessions) they created social fairytales with support of sexuality education experts and also artist. Youth wrote fairytales and drew illustrations as well as exercise how to facilitate discussion after reading the fairytale.
  • Then we released the book with 6 fairytales, it was presented in the huge conference and later we got offers to work with other municipalities.

It would be great to have a similar book as an education tool with fairytales from different partner countries and translate it into partner languages.

1 - Men standing up for gender equality

Program/Call

CERV - 2024 - DAPHNE

Project Summary

Despite many efforts, none of the EU member states successfully achieved gender equality nor eliminated gender-based violence: 33% of women in the EU have experienced physical and/or sexual violence, and 22% intimate partner violence.
Among them, migrant and refugee women are particularly exposed. GBV is not only a cause that leads women and girls to flee their home country, but also an issue they are facing once in Europe. Among the 612,700 asylum requests made in 2019 in Europe, 38% emanated from women. According to the UNHCR report “Too much pain”, in 2017, 66,000 women and girls who requested asylum came from countries where female genital mutilation is practised.

The situation further deteriorated in the frame of the Covid-19 outbreak as social distancing measures and lockdowns coupled with pre-existing health and economic problems led to a drastic increase of violence against women and girls.

Migrant and refugee women, with poor language and digital proficiency, insufficient knowledge of existing services, fearing consequences on their resident permit, or lacking access to digital means, are particularly affected. 

Respecting and promoting gender equality and combatting violence against women is an issue of fundamental human rights. It requires duty bearers and rights holders to effectively cooperate, and each citizen to contribute to reach this objective, whatever their gender, origin or age. But, as violence against women is predominantly perpetrated by men, their involvement in projects tackling GBV is essential. GBV is deeply rooted in gender imbalance, inherent gender roles and power relations that emanate from the male-dominated social and cultural structures. This implies that men should have a role to play in contributing to end violence. Encouraging them to realise their “male” privileges, to question them and explore new forms of masculinities are the first steps to achieve gender equality.

In this context, preventing and addressing GBV requires dedicated actions and strategies. The Men Standing up for Gender Equality builds on two first phases (2019-2021 and 2022-2024). It proposes to further extend the results achieved through identifying new multipliers and training current and new mediators on additional topics (masculinities, consent and cyberviolence); developing the support and protection services for victims of GBV and psychosocial activities;  and creating new training modules for professionals and developing a transcultural tool to better detect violence with migrant and refugee women. The introduction of new partners will allow sharing experience and tools developed within the MFGE project with other countries, which will foster exchange of good practices across Europe. 

Program priorities

Priority 1

Objectives

Building on first two phases, the project partners aim to achieve the following objectives:

  • SO1: Contribute to change social norms and behaviours by building the capacities of 36 mediators in 3 countries to sensitise 2016 other men from their communities on GBV and gender inequality, through face-to-face and online behaviour change activities (BCAs), and by displaying on-line role-game, so as to support prevention measures. A focus will be put on transgenerational dialogue, so children are aware of their rights from an early age and are educated on the different forms of GBV. 
  • SO2: Promote access to quality prevention and response services by training 990 key professionals on GBV and related topics (through face to face and online sessions or Webinars/Moocs) and by developing support and protection services for 1500 survivors at risk. This will be complemented by a self-diagnostic application for women (with 600 expected downloads). 
  • SO3: Advocate for a system reform through 1 advocacy meeting and 1 media campaign. 

Achieving these three specific objectives will uphold the partners’ efforts in achieving the general objective of the project, which is to tackle gender inequality and GBV related issues among migrant and refugee communities.

Target groups

  •  Migrant and refugee women as the ultimate beneficiaries of the action.
  • Communities and general public. They will be reached out through on-line communication activities.
  • Professionals
  • Decision-makers and stakerholders
  • Other organisations

Activities

WP1 Management and coordination

WP2 Refugee and community empowerment

. Recruitment of male mediators

. Empowerment of mediators through capacity building

. 1 community event per partner

. 288 behaviour change activities in refugee and migrant communities

. European exchange meeting for mediators 

. 1 public certification event per partner

WP3 Capacity building for key professionals

. Cooperation with public authorities and organisations/networks of professionals, recruitment of professionals as participants in training activities 

. Update / Completion of the training manual developed within the first phases

. 24 training days for key professionals working with refugees and/or on GBV issues

. MOOC / webinars for professionals

WP4 Protection and support service for survivors and women at risk

. Recruitment of social workers/cultural mediators

. Provision of services

WP5 Communication and dissemination

. Communication and social media activities by partners 

. Networking and dissemination (local, national, EU-wide) 

. Development of social media campaign raising awareness on GBV

. Press conferences  

. Advocacy meeting in European Parliament, Brussels 

. International conference

Preferred Partners

  • NGOs/CSOs
  • Universities
  • Public authorities