MED-RES – Coordinated response of the reception system for migrants who have suffered sexual and gender-based violence in the Mediterranean

WHERE
Europe: Italy, Spain, Malta.
 
PARTNER

AIDOS (leading proponent), Women’s Rights Foundation (WRF, Malta), Federacion de Planification Familiar Estatal (FPFE, Spain).

THE SITUATION
Based on the data of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in 2017 about 163.126 migrants have arrived in Europe.
During the journey, women, men and children often suffer physical and psychological traumas; women in particular are more vulnerable. Currently, the measures taken by governmental agencies, humanitarian actors and civil society organizations aren’t sufficient. The reception systems are inadequate because the training offered to the operators to identify cases of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) is substandard. This means that the operators are incompetent to welcome the victims and direct them to specific structures; in addition, when it comes to the spheres of reception, health protection, and legal system, it should be adopted a multisectoral, holistic, integrated, gender and intercultural approach.
Furthermore, the operators often fail to detect specific forms of violence, such as female genital mutilations (FGM) which are a reason for demanding asylum. 

GOALS
General goal 
The project aims to contribute to the inclusion of immigrants, in particular refugees and asylum seekers who have survived SGBV, through the strengthening of the reception system and the supporting services. 

Specific goals 
Improving the skills of the reception systems’ operators; strengthening the supporting services for immigrants who have survived SGBV; better the access for migrants to specific SGBV services; strengthening the capacity of national/local authorities/companies to prevent and respond to SGBV suffered by migrants.
The project intends to form a multidisciplinary team of experts capable of taking care of migrants survivors of SGBV.

BENEFICIARIES
Social workers, cultural mediators, public health workers, government and police officials, legal and judicial agents of the organizations involved in the management of CAS, SPRAR and other reception centers for migrants in Italy, Spain and Malta.
The following will be involved: 40 operators experts in migration, female genital mutilation and SGBV; 190 operators from reception centers experts in the same sectors; 3.000 migrants who are aware about SGBV, their rights and available support services; 1.500 sensitized people in host communities and migrant communities; 50 representatives of local/national authorities and of civil society that will spread awareness about the SGBV problem.

METHODOLOGY
The project methodology consists in: an integrated approach that takes into account not only healthcare, but also prevention and education; the continuity of support through follow-up and remote technical assistance on specific cases; gender-specific approach for men, women, LGBTQI people who experience trauma in different ways; intercultural approach; integration of FGM into training; replicability of activities; support from the competent authorities of the three countries (local ASL, public security and academic institutions) that will contribute to the implementation of the integrated approach.

AIDOS ACTIVITIES
Management and coordination of the project; training of experts in the reception system of Italy, Malta and Spain so that they can become trainers; training of operators of the reception system in Campania, Lazio, Liguria; production of training materials for operators and information material for survivors of SGBV; simplifying the access to the structures offering services and to the institutions.

COST OF THE PROJECT
€ 453,798.00.
European Commission co-financing € 363,037.00 (80% of the total cost).

WHO IS FINANCING THE PROJECT
European Commission – Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers (DG JUST) 

DURATION
September 1st 2018 – September 1st 2020.

Due to COVID emergency, some face to face meetings have been replaced with online activities

 

 

USEFUL MATERIAL PRODUCED WITHIN THE PROJECT:

1. TRAINING MATERIAL (IN ITALIAN)

2. WEBINAR ON FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION (IN ITALIAN)

3. FINAL CONFERENCE/WEBINAR  (IN ENGLISH)
Sexual and gender-based violence in the context of migration
in the Mediterranean region

4. POLICY DOCUMENT (IN ENGLISH)