“WE GO! Women Economic-independence & Growth Opportunity”, Ref. No JUST/2014/RDAP/AG/VICT/7365, funded by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme of the European Union (11.01.2016 – 10.01.2018)



Logo_WeGo_CMYKProject: “WE GO! Women Economic-independence & Growth Opportunity”

With the Financial Support of the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme of the European Union

The Project “WE GO! Women Economic-independence & Growth Opportunity”, funded by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Program of the European Union, will run for 24 months in the period between January 11th 2016 and January 10th 2018. The project will be implemented in partnership of 15 non-profit organisations from 7 EU member states: Italy, Spain, UK, Greece, Cyprus, Sweden and Bulgaria.

The project brings together, ActionAid Italy, the Coordinator Organization and the national member of an international federation working globally in 45 countries to combat poverty and injustice, 2 specialised research centres (Institute for Social Research, Italy and MIGS, Cyprus), 1 pan-European network of social leaders and entrepreneurs (Euclid Network, the UK), and 11 support organisations at local level in different countries (SURT and Fundaciò Mujeres in Spain; Animus Association Foundation, Gender Project for Bulgaria Foundation, Bulgarian Center of Women in Technology in Bulgaria; SEGE and WCK in Greece; Folkuniversitetet Uppsala in Sweden; and 3 anti-violence centres from north, central and south of Italy).

The main objective of the project is to strengthen support services for women victims of domestic violence in Europe, with particular attention to training and advisory services that shelters and women’s centres offer to survivors. The project focuses on building the capacity of trainers and employees of anti-violence centres and on developing new methods and responses to address the lack of economic alternatives for women survivors of violence. The activities of the project will make the support centres more responsive to the economic needs of victims (often a secondary focus following legal support), who will be empowered to exit from the situation of violence.

Specifically, the project aims at enhancing cross-border cooperation amongst practitioners of services offering support to women victims of violence, as well as at identifying and exchanging good practices among 8 European countries that foster victims’ economic empowerment. Additionally, the project aims at enhancing the practitioners’ understanding and skills by proposing models and protocols of support that will help victims gain economic independence.

Main project activities include:

. Comparative research analysis on the existing services for women victims in 8 countries thus developing common methodologies on data collection and a comprehensive analysis framework;

. Mutual learning events for practitioners, to exchange best practices on methodologies leading to economic independence for women victims whilst advancing cross-border cooperation;

. Implementation of economic empowerment services for women victims: training sessions for practitioners and victims in 4 countries to test new services that can help women exit situations of violence through economic alternatives;

. Communication and dissemination activities, at a local and European level, to highlight methodological insights, achievements and learning in at least 8 countries whilst offering recommendations to decision makers;

Beneficiaries of the project activities are 200 women victims of violence with no formal jobs who will be trained to acquire economic independence, 35-50 trainers and employees working in anti-violence shelters and centres, 50 practitioners/researchers involved in the analysis and exchanges, about 100 decision makers/institutions and more than 160 000 members of the broader European community reached via dissemination activities.