PROTECT – Preventing sexual and gender-based violence against migrants and strengthening support to victims
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.
Click the image above to download the PROTECT’s ‘Responding to Sexual & Gender-Based Violence Guidance Booklet for International Protection Accommodation Centre Managers and Personnel.
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).
The project 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.
- Strengthen and adapt existing national support services for sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) to coordinate better and include refugees, migrants and asylum-seekers.
- 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.
- 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.
By the end of the project the following outputs will be produced:
- SOPs/Guidelines developed / reviewed / contributed to in 8 countries
- 120+ trainings organized over 12 countries
- 13 000+ information materials distributed
- 200+ information session organized on SGBV prevention
A toolkit for professionals working with applicants for International Protection can be found here.
The PROTECT Info Sheet – ENG
The PROTECT Project has also developed a number of guidance leaflets for the public, currently available in English, Arabic, Russian and Urdu below. IOM Ireland are also adding a number of other languages to the below also.
PROTECT Leaflet English (Adult)
PROTECT Leaflet English (Child)
PROTECT Leaflet Arabic (Adult)
PROTECT Leaflet Russian (Adult)
PROTECT Leaflet Russian (Child)
PROTECT Leaflet Urdu (Adult)
PROTECT Leaflet Urdu (Child)
For further information, please contact:
Ms Charlene Sadik
+353 1 67 60 655
or see our central IOM site here.