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


TIME FRAME:    September 2018 - December 2020



Federacion de Planification Familiar Estatal (FPFE, Spain).

Women’s Rights Foundation - WRF

FUNDED BY:      European Commission – Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers (DG JUST) and co financed by the Ministry for Education and Employment


According to IOM figures, as of 2017 a total of 163,126 people arrived in Europe, by sea or land. Main country of origins of arrivals in Europe are from Africa. It is well documented that people either in their country of origin or in transit as well as in confined accommodation such as detention centers and open centers experience some form of SGBV.

Too often professionals and host institutions are not aware of the consequences of SGBV and do not recognize the specific vulnerability of women and men among people in migration. Concerning specific forms of GBV such as FGM, professionals working along side migrants are often unware of its existence and fail to even detect this form of abuse, which even in adult age it represent a reason to obtain the asylum status.



Overall objective: To contribute to the inclusion of people in migration (PiM) victims of sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) in integrated and coordinated reception and support services/systems.


Specific objective: To promote the access to support services for people in migration, particularly migrants/asylum seekers/refugees victims of violence and especially women, by strengthening the skills of professionals working in the reception systems in Italy, Malta and Spain.

Co-funded by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship (REC) Programme of the European Union.

This publication has been produced with the financial support of the Rights, Equality and Citizenship (REC) Programme of the European Union. The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of the project partners and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Commission.

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