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.

 
 
 

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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.

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.
Download the report here 

 

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

Information material for adults

Information material has been developed for each country where PROTECT is active. The tailored material presents the services locally available and is accessible here

Information material on sex and gender based violence for adults

Information material for children

Information material has been developed for each country where PROTECT is active. The tailored material presents the services locally available and is accessible here

Information material on sex and gender based violence for adults

 
 

 

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

× Please contact Elisabeth PALMERO (epalmero@iom.int) for activities taking place in Belgium.

 

Read more about PROTECT local activities in Belgium

PROTECT in Belgium is implemented in partnership with

 

Le monde selon les femmes - this links opens in a new tab

 

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Please contact iomsofia@iom.int for activities taking place in Bulgaria.

Read more about PROTECT local activities in Bulgaria

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Please contact Martina CAR (mcar@iom.int) for activities taking place in Croatia.

Read more about PROTECT local activities in Croatia

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Please contact Maggie LAZARIDI (alazaridi@iom.int) for activities taking place in Greece.

Read more about PROTECT local activities in Greece

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Please contact Balázs LEHEL (blehel@iom.int) and Zsuzsanna VÉG (zveg@iom.int) for activities taking place in Hungary.

Read more about PROTECT local activities in Hungary

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Please contact Aibhlín O'LEARY (aoleary@iom.int) and Charlene SADIK (csadik@iom.int) for activities taking place in Ireland.

Read more about PROTECT local activities in Ireland

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Please contact Carlotta SANTAROSSA (csantarossa@iom.int) for activities taking place in Italy.

Read more about PROTECT local activities in Italy

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Please contact Koviljka PAJCIN (kpajcin@iom.int) for activities taking place in Malta.

Read more about PROTECT local activities in Malta

PROTECT activities in Malta are also supported by

Ministry for Home Affairs and National Security - this links opens in a new tab
Primary HealthCare - this links opens in a new tab
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Please contact Mia MCKENZIE (iomthehague@iom.int) for activities taking place in the Netherlands.

Read more about PROTECT local activities in the Netherlands

PROTECT in the Netherlands is implemented in partnership with

 Arq Psychotrauma Expert Groep - link opens in a new tab
Reutgers - This link opens in a new tab
Pahros - this links opens in a new tab
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Please contact Pawel BARABASZ (pbarabasz@iom.int) for activities taking place in Poland.

Read more about PROTECT local activities in Poland

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Please contact Iva PERHAVEC (iperhavec@iom.int) for activities taking place in Slovenia.

Read more about PROTECT local activities in Slovenia

PROTECT in Slovenia is implemented in partnership with
LEGEBITRA - This link opens in a new tab

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Please contact Georgina LARA (glara@iom.int) for activities taking place in Spain.

Read more about PROTECT local activities in Spain

PROTECT in Spain is implemented in partnership with

Asociación Rumiñahui - this link opens in a new tab
Olga Elizabeth SÁNCHEZ ORTIZ (administracion@ruminahui.org)
Fundacion Emet Arco Iris- this link opens in a new tab
Clara Isabel BARRIO LEMA (clara.odos@fundacionarcoiris.org)
Movimiento por la Paz - this link opens in a new tab
Begoña SERRANO CAPARRÓS (b.serrano@mpdl.org)
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Funded by the
Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme
of the European Union
(2014-2020)