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CommunityLinkage

CommunityLinkage – Improving gender-based violence service provision through the empowerment of migrant women as community-based mentors, trainers, and agents of change

European Commission: CERV Project Grants – DAPHNE

Contract no.: 101049734

Project duration: 1. 5. 2022–30. 4. 2024

Project holder at ZRS KoperBlaž Lenarčič, PhD

Participating institute at ZRS KoperInstitute for Social Studies

Partner organisations:

  • SURT, Fundacio de Dones Fundacio Privada, Spain (lead partner)
  • CESIE, Italy
  • Kentro Ginaikeion Meleton Kai Ereyvnon Astiki mi Kerdoskopiki Etaireia, Greece
  • Science and Research Centre Koper, Slovenia

Community Linkage aims at establishing an effective connection between gender-based violence (GBV) services and migrant women communities to promote the early identification, prevention and support in the context of the post COVID-19 pandemic, through a community-based approach. OBJECTIVES: 1) To strengthen the capacities of migrant women for a better accompaniment of migrant GBV victims. 2) To identify needs and good practices of GBV and migrant community networks for GBV early detection and support. 3) To improve the capacity of professionals in GBV services for detection and support of migrant women. 4) To facilitate mutual learning in GBV between service providers and community networks. ACTIVITIES: Needs assessment of GBV services; Capacity-building and participatory action research with migrant women as agents of change against GBV; Community networking; Capacity-building of professionals implemented by migrant women; Strategic design of innovative coordination procedures between service providers and community networks; National conferences, EU conference, awareness-raising campaign and advocacy. IMPACT: 60 migrant women empowered and 160 engaged in community networking; 120 GBV professionals engaged and trained; 100 migrant women victims and potential victims of GBV benefited from pilot support actions in services; 15.000 stakeholders and general population reached through awareness-raising campaign; Enhanced knowledge of the intersectional dimensions of GBV in migrant women; Increased cross-national learning of service providers and peers; Envisioned innovative strategies to better detect and support GBV processes in migrant women.