Protect Project

PROTECT – Preventing sexual and gender-based violence against migrants and strengthening support to victims

Sexual and gender-based violence is a violation of human rights.

Sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) is a prevalent human rights violation both globally and on the European level. SGBV has both physical and psychological forms, it includes domestic violence, sexual harassment and violence, harmful practices, exploitation and trafficking in human beings. Women and men, girls and boys and LGBTI people can all become victims of such violence, however the majority of the victims are women and girls.

 

 

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The PROTECT – Preventing sexual and gender-based violence against migrants and strengthening support to victims project aims to support the coordination and/or adaptation of support services for sexual and gender-based violence victims and potential victims among refugees, migrants and asylum seekers (children and adults, including LGBTI people). It is funded by the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014-2020).

PROTECT’s ‘Responding to Sexual & Gender-Based Violence Guidance Booklet for International Protection Accommodation Centre Managers and Personnel.

These guideline respond to the need to address Sexual Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) among International Accommodation Centre residents, and the Managers and Personnel of the centres in doing so.

PROTECT is implemented by 12 IOM country offices (Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Malta, The Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia and Spain) and 8 NGO partners, Legebitra (Slovenia), Le monde selon les femmes abl (Belgium), Fundación EMET Arco Iris, Asociación Rumiñahui, Movimiento por la Paz (Spain), Arq Psychotrauma Expert Groep, Rutgers and Pharos (Netherlands) between October 2018 and March 2020.

The overall objective of the project is to strengthen the capacities of existing national support services for sexual and gender based violence to coordinate better and make these systems available for refugee, migrant and asylum seeker victims and potential victims of SGBV. The project also aims to raise awareness among and empower these communities.

The project has the following specific objectives and activities which will be implemented during its 18-month project cycle.Most of the activities will be tailored to specific national context.

  1. Strengthen and adapt existing national support services for sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) to coordinate better and include refugees, migrants and asylum-seekers.
  2. Build capacity for professionals who work with and for refugees, migrants and asylum-seekers with the aim of identifying and addressing the needs of victims and potential victims of SGBV more effectively.
  3. Empower and inform refugee and migrant communities and asylum-seekers of SGBV and its prevention through a regional awareness-raising campaign.

The project will work closely with State authorities, first responders and service providers as well as refugees, migrants and asylum-seekers.

PROTECT Information Material

The PROTECT project developed country-specific information material on sexual and gender-based violence tailored to adults and children needs.

Mapping Report on Legal Frameworks and Assistance Available to Migrant Victims of Sexual and Gender‑Based Violence (SGBV) 

As part of the inception phase of the PROTECT project, national mapping exercises have been conducted by IOM country offices together with project partners in 12 countries (Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia and Spain) to map the existing legislative frameworks, available services to migrant victims of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) to and identify the key gaps and challenges.

PROTECT training material

According to the Mapping Report on Legal Frameworks and Assistance Available to Migrant Victims of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) prepared in the inception phase of the PROTECT project, there is a clear need for professionals who are working with migrant people to receive specialized trainings on the topic of sexual and gender-based violence in the migration context.

These training tools aim to be a useful interactive tool for training professionals (e.g. social workers, police officers, interpreters, teachers, health care professionals) who regularly meet and work with migrants, refugees or asylum-seekers who might also be a victim of SGBV.

 

Sexual and Gender-based violence training material

 

For further information, please contact:

Ms Charlene Sadik
csadik@iom.int
+353 1 67 60 655