Migrant women are confronted with a continuum of gender-based violence. It includes female genital mutilation but also sexual violence, domestic violence, human trafficking, amongst others.

The law is meant to protect them.
But it is sometimes impossible for them to get help.

The ACCESS project aims to improve prevention, protection and support for migrant women in Europe who are confronted with different types of gender-based violence.

The acronym “ACCESS” refers to Appropriate Community-Based Care and Empowering Support Services.

Our approach is based on different pillars:

  1. The training of peer educators
    Peer educators will receive training about different types of gender-based violence. They will be able to listen to and orient affected persons through an online platform.
  2. The training of professionals
    Professionals will receive training on the different issues faced by the affected persons with whom they are in contact.
  3. Communication campaign
    Communication tools will be created and promoted through an online communication campaign.
  4. Dissemination and endorsement
    Partnerships and endorsements will ensure the sustainability of the project.

The ACCESS project is coordinated by GAMS Belgium, in partnership with FORWARD UK and Médicos del Mundo Spain. It is co-funded by the Wallonia-Brussels Federation and the Rights, Equality & Citizenship Programme of the European Union.

In Belgium, the ACCESS project will be implemented at first in Brussels, Liège and Antwerp.