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) may be physical or psychological and it can take the form of domestic violence, sexual harassment, social exclusion or even exploitation and trafficking in human beings. Women and men, boys and girls and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people (LGBTI) can all become victims of sexual and gender-based violence. However, the EU Fundamental Rights Agency confirmed that the majority of the victims are women and girls.

The project “PROTECT - Preventing sexual and gender-based violence against migrants and strengthening support to victims” aims to strengthen national support services for victims of sexual and gender-based violence.
PROTECT also aims to make these services available to refugees, asylum seekers and migrants, be them children or adults and including LGBTI people. PROTECT included awareness-raising activities on preventing sexual and gender-based violence among these communities.

In coordination with national authorities, first responders and service providers, IOM and the partners work together to tailor the following activities to the national contexts and implement them:

  1. Strengthen and adapt existing national support services for victims of sexual and gender-based violence to coordinate better and include refugees, asylum seekers and migrants;
  2. Build capacity for professionals who work with and for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants to identify and address the needs of victims and potential victims of SGBV more effectively;
  3. Empower and inform refugees, asylum seekers and migrant communities about SGBV and how to protect themselves from the risk of becoming a victim of sexual and gender-based violence.

The project runs from October 2018 to March 2020 in 12 European countries and in partnership with eight local NGOs.

Belgium

Croatia

Greece

Hungary

Ireland

Italy

Malta

The Netherlands

Poland

Slovenia

Spain

EU Flag Funded by the European Union’s
Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme
(2014-2020)