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. It is coordinated by GAMS Belgium, in partnership with FORWARD UK and Médicos del Mundo Spain.
Violence against migrant women
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.
It is an ambitious project
The project is based on an awareness campaign, activities by and for affected communities on the issue of GBV, an interactive mapping of support services, an online chat service, and the training of front-line professionals.
Campaign: let’s end silence on VAWG!
The ACCESS awareness campagne, launched on 21 November 2019, was named “ACCESS, let’s end silence on violence against migrant women!“.
- 4 videos in different languages to affected women to recognise violence
- 1 mapping of support services to find adequate support
- 1 online chat to end the silence
- Posters to raise awareness
Peer educators for support
Peer educators are volunteers who were trained about different types of gender-based violence. They are able to listen to and orient affected persons through an online platform, to raise awareness among their community and to support frontline professionals.
- Read Idil’s experience as an ACCESS peer educator!
Professionals trained in tackling violence against migrant women
Access to support services is essential, but these services must provide appropriate support. 150 front-line professionals (per country) have therefore been trained in the care of migrant women facing GBV.
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.
* The acronym “ACCESS” refers to Appropriate Community-Based Care and Empowering Support Services.