Projects 2018

1. "Responsibility – Freedom of Expression" aims at identifying and promoting strategic approaches for civil society to tackle threats and challenges of hate speech, fake news and intimidation, while maintaining a democratic environment and respecting the freedom of speech. 

The project aims at developing strategies against these challenges for civil society, fostering the responsible application of the freedom of expression. It is an instrument of solidarity and cross-border cooperation in times of crisis, strengthening particularly vulnerable groups of individuals and NGOs as their public voices. It addresses victims of hatred, migrants, Roma and volunteers working with marginalized groups of different nationalities, age, gender, religion and culture. The project fights against marginalization, fake news, harassment and intolerance. By identifying best practices in different countries and by its specific dissemination strategies The project builds counter-narratives to foster intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding, which will enhance the understanding of freedom of expression as a valuable intangible good that needs protection from abusive implementation and practices, especially on the occasion of the European Year of Cultural Heritage. As such, the project is directed at creating and maintaining a social atmosphere of respectful dialogue and understanding, encouraging democratic participation and empowering citizens to get actively involved in shaping EU policies. Project partners: The World of NGOs (Austria), University of Vienna (Austria), Asociatia Institutul de Cercetare Fagaras (Romania), Association sustainability of progressive and open communicate (Bulgaria), B.a.B.e. (Croatia).

Project is funded in the EUROPE FOR CITIZENS PROGRAMME, democratic engagement and civic participation.

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2. "Hand in hand for victims of gender-based violence" aims to improve general conditions for women victims of gender-based violence by improving the system of support for women victims of violence and increasing capacity of relevant professionals from B.a.B.e. and WRC Armenia working with women victims of violence, political influence of WRC in context of ratification of Istanbul Convention and establishing cooperation between B.a.B.e. and WRC Armenia. 

Core projects activities are two study visits (Zagreb/Yerevan) during which the exchange of knowledge and good practices among two feminist organizations from Croatia and Armenia will be realized. Study visits will consist of introduction events where organizations' programmes and projects will be presented, followed by analysis of key legislative bodies, stakeholders and existing legislative, exchange of lobbying tools and a workshop on developing new strategies. The main purpose of the project is to enhance organizations' human resources and to ensure efficiency of their advocacy capabilities by developing strategies and efficient advocacy tools with the overall goal of improving the system of support for women victims of violence.

Project is funded by the Human Rights House Foundation under the project proposal call House to House 2018.

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3. "Vivien, Victim Violence Educational Network. An educational project to improve the ability to assist women victims of violence", stared on the 1st November 2018. Funded by the European Union's Right, Equality and Citizenship Programme, Vivien is an international project of two years, to prevent and to tackle violence against women (VAW), with a specific attention to women with disabilities.

The aim is to improve the competence of professionals (police, judicial system, school, health and welfare system) who have first contact with women at risk or victim of violence, with special emphasis on women with disabilities, in this way:

- avoiding secondary victimisation

- reducing stereotypes about VAW

- setting right procedures to deal with first contact

- enabling women to early detect violence.

The VIVIEN project wants to engage 500 professionals and 130 responsible, from different Institutions related to VAW, after a check on the previous training. A "Collection of best training paths" will be edited at the end to provide organisations with tools for more effective training and to develop models for raising the competence of professionals transferable to other countries.

Partnership: 

Giolli società cooperativa sociale, Italy
ACAV, Centro Antiviolenza, Italy
Università di Parma, Italy
SAMK, Satakunta University of Applied Sciences, Finland
B.a.B.e., Be active. Be emancipated., Croatia
sv.sv. Kirili I Metodi, Bulgaria
Eyes on four paws, Bulgaria

You can find more information here:

WEB: https://vivien-project.eu/ 

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Vivienproject/