MARVOW 2.0: Coordinated Multi-agency Response to Violence against Older Women

Date:April 2023 – March 2026

MARVOW 2.0 is a three-year project aimed at establishing a large-scale transnational action to tackle gender-based violence against older women through a collaboration of different agencies. Building on the earlier MARVOW project implemented between 2019 and 2022, MARVOW 2.0 will expand a multi-agency collaboration model to protect older women affected by violence in the European Union. .

The MARVOW project focuses on implementing multi-agency networks and cooperation between stakeholders who are in contact with older women experiencing violence, including healthcare professionals, the police and judiciary, victim support services and perpetrator programs, as well as local and regional policymakers. The goal of the MARVOW 2.0 project is to create a coordinated and structured model for responding to abuse against older women by developing risk assessment tools and case management methodologies for frontline professionals, providing capacity building and training programs, and introducing a coordinated multi-agency work protocol and policy recommendations.

Coordinators: Association of Austrian Autonomous Women’s Shelters (Austria)

Partners: Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (Cyprus), Union of Women Associations of Heraklion (Greece), Conexus (Spain), Association Naia (Bulgaria), Anci Associazione Regionale Comuni Italiani Lazio (Italy), SC Psytel (France), AGE Platform Europe, European Network for the Work with Perpetrators of Domestic Violence, Women Against Violence Europe (WAVE).

Project No: 101096363 – CERV-DAPHNE--2022

RESPECT Project: Fostering a Culture of Respectful Maternity Care (RMC)

Date: 1 April 2023 - 31 March 2025

In this initiative, we aim to advance local efforts in fostering a culture of RESPECT within maternity-child health care services, aligned with WHO's framework and the White Ribbon Alliance's Charter of Rights for Respectful Maternity Care (RMC). The failure to adhere to the highest clinical and ethical standards may inadvertently lead to disrespectful experiences for pregnant/birthing women service-users. The term "Disrespect and Abuse" encompasses various situations and suboptimal practices that hinder a positive birth experience.

Respectful Maternity Care goes beyond countering negative experiences but addresses common issues, especially in high-income countries, such as lack of autonomy, ineffective communication, medicalization of birth, and insufficient support for informed decision-making. Key to RMC is the Right to Information and Informational Support, promoting shared decision-making between healthcare providers and women/service-users.

Project Objectives:

• Examine current needs from the perspective of healthcare providers and women.

• Establish principles, processes, and standards of care through participatory collaboration.

• Develop necessary skills and competences through education and training.

• Identify and promote high standards of clinical practice as a right and obligation.

Project Activities:

•Research activities: Online surveys, focus group discussions, and workshops to understand RMC in Cyprus and Croatia.

•National Strategies and Protocols: Engage professional associations and stakeholders to draft strategies for Respectful Maternity Care.

•Training Curriculum: Develop and test a manual for healthcare professionals and future parents.

•Public Awareness Campaign: Promote active participation in decision-making for Respectful Maternity Care.

Partners: Cyprus University of Technology (CUT) – Project lead, Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (Cyprus), Birth Forward Cyprus: Birth Forward (BF), Roda - Roditelji u akciji (Croatia), University of Genoa (UNIGE): University of Genoa - DINOGMI (Department of Neurology, Genetics, Ophthalmology, Maternal and Infant Sciences)

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Project No: 101096363 – CERV-DAPHNE--2022

END FGM E-CAMPUS: E-Learning Portal for Professionals to End FGM in Europe

Date:March 2023- February 2025

This EU-co-funded project aims to create an FGM online learning platform for European professionals dealing with the practice. This project is coordinated by MIGS (Cyprus) and implemented in partnership with AIDOS (Italy), APF (Portugal), CUT (Cyprus), End FGM European Network (EU-level), GAMS (Belgium). .

The End FGM E-Campus project is co-funded (90%) by the EU DG Justice and Consumers CERV programme and seeks to contribute to the prevention and response to Female Genital Mutilation, a form of gender-based violence and human rights violation affecting 200 million people worldwide (600 000 in Europe alone). The project focuses on the capacity building of key professionals through providing knowledge and promoting good practices. End FGM EU and all project partners will be working to build, design and promote a free online platform for professionals working on FGM..

Project objectives:

1. Increase the capacity of frontline professionals to provide survivors and those at risk of FGM with gender-specific and culturally appropriate support by developing an online e-learning portal on FGM, providing up-to-date information and training.

2. Provide country-specific knowledge and information on FGM to raise awareness and provide relevant, up-to-date information on legislation and policies, prevalence, survivor support services, good practices, and resources in synergy with the End FGM EU Interactive Map.

3. Contribute to the systematic training of professionals on FGM through the EU-wide promotion of the END FGM E-CAMPUS and advocate for its integration in initial and in- service training (as per Article 15 of the IC).

4. Facilitate dialogue and knowledge exchange among relevant stakeholders, including affected communities and policymakers, to promote adopting integrated policies and services for survivors of FGM and at-risk women and girls.

5. Contribute to the systematic access to multidisciplinary training for professionals on FGM and up-to-date information to access services for FGM survivors by developing and adopting a sustainability path for the END FGM E-CAMPUS.

Project No: Project Νο. 101096782- FGM E-CAMPUS — CERV-2022-DAPHNE.

OPEP DV: Online Professional Education for Physiotherapists and other healthcare professionals on Domestic Violence

Date: February 2022 - January 2025

OPEP-DV focuses on professional education and training of physiotherapy professionals working with women so that they can identify and provide assistance to victims of domestic violence (DV). The project’s goal is to develop a standalone training course and an online education module on domestic violence for current and future physiotherapists and other healthcare workers (e.g., nurses, midwives and care workers) working closely and regularly with female patients.

The project’s expected results are:

• Report on physiotherapy and Domestic Violence – Studying the training, operating contexts and current attitudes of health care workers, especially physiotherapists in each partner country and propose solutions to address these gaps

• Training Program for physiotherapists and other health care professionals working with victims of violence

• Online Training Course (MOOC) for physiotherapists and other healthcare professionals who come across patients who may be victims of violence.

Project leaflets and literature review can be found here

Coordinators: University of Tartu – Estonia

Partners: Women’s Support and Information Centre (WSIC) – Estonia; UNION OF WOMEN ASSOCIATIONS OF HERAKLION PREFECTURE (UWAH)– Greece; Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS)– Cyprus;M&M Profuture Training, S.L – Spain;Tartu Health Care College – Estonia.

Project No: 2021-1-EE01-KA220-VET-000029791 KA220-VET – Cooperation partnerships in vocational education and training

TRUST - towards replicable forms of support and tools in crisis situations

Date: April 2022 - March 2024

TRUST is a two-year transnational project that aims to ensure the capacity and resilience of women’s specialist services (WSS) to more effectively adapt and upscale their services and interventions in response to the challenges brought by the COVID-19 crisis and the post-pandemic environment; and to develop robust mechanisms in preparation for future emergencies/crises.

The project foresees capacity-building and training for professionals and design and implementation of protocols, and development of working methods and tools to support WSS to effectively support and protect women victims of gender-based violence and their children using a victim-centred and gender-specific approach.

Project activities include mapping and evaluating measures adopted by women’s specialist services to protect women victims of intimate partner violence and their children in times of crisis; the development of support tools to improve sustainability and resilience of WSS in times of crisis; addressing the strain on service provider staff by developing practices and tools that support staff well-being; and communication and advocacy activities.

Coordinators: Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies

Partners: Women’s Union for Alternative and Response (Portugal), SURT (Spain), Bulgarian Gender Research Foundation (Bulgaria), Association for the Prevention and Handling of Violence in the Family – SPAVO (Cyprus), Rel.Azioni Positive (Italy), Istituto per la Ricerca Sociale (Italy), Union of Women Associations of Heraklion Prefecture (Greece), Association of Autonomous Austrian Women's Shelters (Austria).

Engaged in Equality – Challenging masculinities and engaging adolescent boys to end gender-based violence

Date: February 2022 – January 2024

The aim of the project is to question harmful hegemonic masculinity, challenge rigid gender stereotypes and roles and equally engage boys and girls in the fight for gender equality and justice.

The project will contribute to the prevention of gender-based violence among adolescents by raising awareness on the need to tackle the harmful effects of hegemonic masculinity and by developing comprehensive and effective strategies to prevent unequal power relationships between adolescents at the national and European levels. This will be achieved through an innovative and previously tested approach utilising audio-visual media and music and through the capacity building of teachers and educators. In this way, adolescent boys will be engaged as allies in the elimination of gender-based violence, adolescent girls will be empowered to reject abusive behaviours and relationships, and exchange, understanding and cooperation between boys and girls will be strengthened to jointly contribute to healthy and positive relationships.

Project activities include: developing training modules and practical tools for teachers and educators on gender-based violence prevention; awareness-raising activities for adolescent boys and empowerment activities for adolescent girls in schools through audio-visual media and music; peer-to-peer workshops among students on challenging hegemonic masculinity and building healthy relationships; a European Youth Forum and Teachers Seminar for mutual learning; and an awareness –raising campaign.

Coordinators: SURT (Catalonia, Spain)

Partners: Peace Institute (Slovenia), Istituto degli Innocenti (Italy), Institut für Männer- und Geschlechterforschung (Austria) and the Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS) (Cyprus).

Coalesce - Legal, Psycho-social and economic empowerment for the integration of women third country nationals victims of human trafficking for sexual exploitation and abuse

Date: December 2020 – November 2022

Coalesce is a two-year transnational project involving five European countries: Cyprus, Latvia, Italy, Lithuania, and Ireland, and Germany. The objective of the project is to provide support to the female migrant victims of trafficking in human beings for sexual exploitation in Europe by providing gender-specific psycho-social, legal and economic support and assistance to third-country national women victims of sex trafficking, and to develop synergies and complementarities in facilitating needs identification, assistance and support, and improve transnational cooperation among front line professionals and practitioners.

Taking into consideration all available protection measures in the framework established by the Anti-Trafficking Directive 2011/36/EU, this project seeks to enhance best knowledge exchange on the integration of trafficked victims, among the consortium which brings together a diverse group of feminist organisations with particular expertise in supporting trafficked migrant women recovering from sexual violence and exploitation.

Coordinators: Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS), Cyprus

Partners: Cyprus Refugee Council (Cyprus), CARITAS Cyprus, IROKO Onlus (Italy), Marta Centre (Latvia), European Network of Migrant Women, Immigrant Council Ireland, Solwodi (Germany), KSPSC (Lithuania).

Project code: 958133 — COALESCE — AMIF-2019-AG-CALL

EP for Women #EP4Women

EP for Women is a project being implemented within the framework of the European Parliament’s Citizens’ Engagement Actions. The main aim of the action is to reaffirm gender equality as one of the fundamental values of the European Union, and to highlight the role of the European Parliament in promoting the gender equality and women’s rights agenda across the EU.

The specific objectives of the action include placing gender equality and women’s rights on the political agenda for the June 2021 parliamentary elections, and taking sake stock of progress made and the steps needed to be taken on key areas of concern.

Project activities include a series of online events involving civil society organisations other key stakeholders to promote public dialogue and citizen engagement around the key gender equality policy domains covered by the EIGE Gender Equality Index 2020. The project will also implement a social media campaign to raise public awareness on key women’s rights issues.

Project code: COMM/SUBV/2020/E/0013

Mothers and Daughters: Narratives on sexuality and relationships.

Date: November 2020 – October 2021

“Mothers and Daughters” is a ten-month transnational project involving Cyprus and Lebanon and funded by the Anna Lindh Foundation Network.

The “Mothers and Daughters” project aims to foster intergenerational alliances between women, by exploring the mother-daughter relationship as a conduit for personal empowerment, personal agency and self-efficacy in making decisions about gender roles, sexuality and relationships.

A key project activity is to engage mothers and daughters, aged over 18, in a facilitated intergenerational dialogue about their experiences of gender, sexuality and relationships. Dialogue and storytelling between mothers and daughters will help identify and analyse aspects of this intergenerational interaction and the way it informs the journey of gendered experiences, socialization as well as the construction of perceptions and attitudes about sexuality in our society. The project will take place simultaneously in Cyprus and Lebanon, aiming to illuminate the intercultural dimensions of these issues in the Eastern Mediterranean region. Grassroots activists working on youth and women's rights will also be empowered through knowledge and tools to further support and strengthen these intergenerational alliances.

Coordinators: Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS), Cyprus

Partners: Collective for Research & Training on Development - Action (CRTD.A.), Lebanon. Cyprus Family Planning Association (CFPA), Cyprus.

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Project code: ALF/CFP/2020/ICO/198

BEE: Boosting gender Equality in education

Date:December 2020 – November 2022

BEE is a two-year transnational project involving four European countries: Cyprus, Italy, Romania, and Lithuania.

The aim of the project is to eliminate gender stereotypes in early childhood education involving children and professionals at kindergarten, pre-primary and primary school levels. The BEE project focuses on seizing the opportunities provided through primary education to improve the educational context in relation to gender equality issues. It will be implemented in schools in Cyprus, Italy, Lithuania, and Romania offering training opportunities and free workshops with gender experts to education practitioners, as well as managerial and support staff.

Overall, the project will enrich the skills of primary school teachers to address gender stereotypes in the early childhood educational context, through the introduction of innovative educational interventions harmonized with the existing school curriculum. The project also aims to impact the wider society by raising awareness of how early childhood education can contribute to a more inclusive and just society.

Coordinators: COSPE, Italy

Partners: Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (Cyprus), Casa della Donna di Pisa (Italy), A.L.E.G. (Romania), Women’s Issues Information Centre (Lithuania).

Project code: 101005489 - REC-RGEN-WWLB-AG-2020

FEM-UnitED to prevent IPV/DV Femicide in Europe

Date:November 2020 – November 2022

FEM-UnitED to prevent IPV/DV Femicide in Europe is a two-year transnational project involving five European countries: Cyprus, Germany, Malta, Portugal and Spain.

The project will focus on the prevention of femicide – the intentional killing of women because they are women - in the context of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and/or Domestic Violence (DV). As data on femicide is widely unavailable in Europe, this project aims to create an evidence base to raise awareness among front-line professionals, policy makers, as well as the general public, on the prevention of IPV/DV-related femicide.

Project activities include trainings of front-line professionals (police, social and healthcare workers, NGOs and victim support services) on the gendered dynamics of IPV/DV-related femicide, engaging policy makers through the holding of multi-stakeholder forums, as well as a multimedia awareness raising campaign targeted at the general public across the EU.

This project builds on the work of the EU-funded project COST Action on Femicide across Europe (2014-2017) that resulted in the establishment of the European Observatory on Femicide (EOF), the first European-wide network monitoring cases of femicide and contributing to the prevention of femicide.

Coordinators: Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS), Cyprus

Partners: Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS), Cyprus, University of Malta, Malta, The Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus, The Institute for Empirical Sociological Research at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, The University of Zaragoza, Spain, The University of Porto, Portugal, Women’s Rights Foundation, Malta, UMAR – União de Mulheres Alternativa e Resposta, Portugal.

Project code: REC-RDAP-GBV-AG-2020 - 101005727


Date: February 2020 - February 2022

This project aims to increase the level of awareness of the European Protection Order (EPO) among European citizens, lawyers and the personnel of NGOs and CSOs. This is to support women who have experienced domestic violence, stalking or other forms of abuse, so that they may be protected not only in their home country but in any European country they wish to travel to or reside in.

The European Protection Order was introduced by EC Directive 2011/99/EU to allow judicial protection orders issued in criminal proceedings in one Member State to be applied in another.

The ARTEMIS project will aid professionals likely to meet victims in need of protective measures and address a gap in data as very little has thus far been collected on the European or Member State level to assess the use of EPOs. The expected results of the project are an increased number of EPOs requested and issued.

More info and updates on the project here

Partners: EBIT SRL, Italy, PROGEU (Progress in European Union), Italy, Autonomous Women’s House Zagreb, Croatia, Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies(MIGS), Cyprus, Union of Women’s Association Heraklion Prefecture, Greece, proFem, Center for Victims of Domestic & Sexual Violence, Czech Republic

Project code: JUST-JACC-AG-2019

Play 4 Your Rights! Innovative Media Education Strategies against Sexism and Discrimination (Play4!)

Date: January 2020 - January 2023

The project’s main objective is to foster critical and creative use of social media amongst young people to fight gender-based stereotypes, discrimination and sexist hate speech. The project will be implemented in Italy, Germany, Cyprus and Lithuania. It builds on the work of previous projects: BRICkS (building respect on the internet by combating hate speech) (2014-2016), Media Against Hate, (2016-2018), and Silence Hate (2017-2019).

Play 4! makes innovative use of media, digital games and gamification in order to engage teenagers on the key topic of gender-based discrimination. Project activities include an online campaign, public events and meetings with local authorities. These not only target teenagers but also teachers, educators, staff, families of adolescents, local authorities and the general public. The project promotes critical thinking, active citizenship and social inclusion.

Coordinator: COSPE, Italy

Partners: COSPE, Italy,ZAFFIRIA, Casa Delle Donne, Italy, Medien + (m+b), Germany, Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies, Cyprus, Women’s Issues Information Centre (WIIC), Lithuania

Project code: EACEA/21/2018

Dream Fighters – Combating Gender Stereotypes through Play (Play4!)

Date: January 2020 - June 2020

The project Dream Fighters: Combating gender stereotypes through play aims to challenge gendered attitudes and behaviour patterns among youth with the aim to reduce gender segregation in career and life paths. /p>

The project activities include awareness raising workshops with youth workers and education professionals using innovative pedagogical tools including GenderEd educational programme and the Dream Fighters app. These innovative resources equip youth workers and educators with the tools to combat gender stereotypes and encourage young girls and boys to explore the influence they have on their educational choices and life chances.

Coordinator:Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS)

Partners: Cyprus Youth Council

Project code: 2020C YP1

Improving Justice in Child Contact (IJCC)

Date: November 2018 - November 2020

Improving Justice in Child Contact (IJCC) is a research project between five European countries: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Scotland, Portugal and Romania.

The project’s aim is to improve how children’s rights are upheld in child contact systems, where the children have experienced domestic abuse. Together, the partners will find out what can be improved in order to effectively listen to children and young people and to make changes which ensure their safety and the safety of their mothers.

Each country will be exploring ways for children and young people to participate in their own particular context. Taking forward the learning and outcomes from two Scottish models – Power Up, Power Down, and the Children’s Rights officer, to develop their own individual needs. The project partners will each work alongside key stakeholders in their home countries (e.g. the police, social workers, the judiciary) to examine and improve the barriers which stop children’s views being taken into account in child contact decisions.

More info and updates on the project here

Coordinator: The University of Edinburgh

Partners: Bulgarian gender research foundation, Bulgaria, The Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies, Cyprus, Centre for Studies for Social Intervention, Portugal, Women’s Union for Alternative and Response, Community Safety and Mediation Centre Foundation, Romania

Project code: REC-AG-2017/REC-RDAP- GBV-AG-2017

Risk Assessment by Police of Intimate Partner Violence Against Women

Date: May 2018 - April 2019

The project - that the partners are implementing on behalf of the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) - carries out an overview and evaluation of risk assessment and risk management mechanisms as they have been designed and deployed across police forces in the 28 EU Member States, specifically targeting intimate partner violence (IPV) against women. .

The overall objective of this project is to contribute to an improved institutional response by EU Member States in combating violence against women. The project looks to achieve its aim by supporting and strengthening efforts by Member States, specifically their respective police forces, in accurately assessing and managing the risk of further victimisation, thus putting the protection of women at the forefront.

The study also aims to support Member States in meeting the requirements of the legal framework set by the EU (e.g. The Victims’ Rights Directive) as well as the Istanbul Convention regarding the protection of women who have been victims of IPV.

Partners: Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS), Istituto per la Ricerca Sociale (IRS)

Project code: EIGE/2018/OPER/03

Play it for Change (Pi4C)

Date: January 2018 – December 2019

Play It for Change (Pi4C) is a project under the European Commission’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme. Six European countries (Cyprus, Spain, Croatia, Greece, Poland and Slovenia) are taking in this 2-year project.

Pi4C aims to prevent and combat gender-based violence (GBV) in students aged 12 to 18, using audiovisual media and music. Educators will have a key role in implementing the project’s activities effectively. The media literacy programmes and training will help sensitise school children around GBV, as well as enhance their critical thinking capacity.

More info and updates on the project here

Coordinator: SURT Women’s Foundation in Spain

Partners: CESI in Croatia, KMOP in Greece, Feminoteka in Poland, Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS) in Cyprus, The Peace Institute in Slovenia

Project code: REC-VAW- AG-2016-02-776965

Governance and the Local Integration of Migrants and Europe’s Refugees (GLIMER)

Date: October 2017 - October 2020

GLIMER, aims to help European cities and regions that are experiencing population decline, skill shortages and community fragmentation to better incorporate displaced migrants and refugees in ways that are sustainable and mutually beneficial. The project supports policy-makers and Europe’s refugees through sharing of best practices and reports.

The project activities include drafting integrated reports on issues related to migration governance and local integration approaches in each of the cities under study, as well as on migration integration activities and approaches to language competency and on integration into the labour market and skills training of migrants and refugees. Each of the above areas will be examined from a gender perspective. GLIMER will also publish accessible policy briefings, two books and six academic papers.

More info and updates on the project here

Coordinator: University of Strathclyde (Scotland, UK)

Partners:, The Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS) (Cyprus), Università della Calabria (Italy), Malmö University (Sweden), and University of Stirling (Scotland, UK).

This project has received funding in the framework of the Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe, with support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme.

Grant agreement No 693443

Ending Sexual Harassment and Violence in Third Level Education (ESHTE)

Date: April 2017 - April 2019

ESHTE aims to prevent and combat sexual violence and harassment (SVH) and build a culture of zero tolerance in universities and 3rd level institutions (UTLIs) throughout Europe through a feminist understanding and analysis of the causes and effects of SVH. More importantly, it aims to support UTLIs to articulate a clear message, commitment, set of core values, ethos, procedures and protocols to build a ‘Zero Tolerance Zone,’ and provide opportunities for sharing models of good practice.

The project seeks to raise knowledge amongst UTLI staff of the higher risk of SVH amongst young women and its negative impact on student’s academic performance and overall well-being. It will also raise awareness and provide information to students on: consent, the myths surrounding rape, the support available to victims, the importance of reporting to the police, as well as naming and acknowledging experiences of SVH, but also raising awareness of the particular experiences of SVH of students with disabilities and those from minority ethnic groups. ESHTE will be implemented by a partnership of four NGOs organisations and several universities across five EU member states.

Coordinator: National Women's Council of Ireland (NWCI)

Partners: The Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies, Cyprus (MIGS) (Cyprus), The Women's Issues Information Centre (WIIC), Lithuania and Rape Crisis Scotland (RCS), UK.

Associate Partners (in Cyprus): The University of Nicosia

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Project code : JUST/2015/RDAP/AG/SEXV/ 8494

Circle of Change

Date: April 2017 – April 2019

Circle of Change: Preventing and combating violence against women and girls through gender equality awareness aims to support the development and implementation of practical and targeted information, awareness-raising and education activities to eliminate intimate partner violence / sexual violence, including rape and sexual assault (IPV/SV).

The project aims to train 200 front-line professionals (i.e. police officers and other civil servants), 125 teachers and related professionals from all major cities in Cyprus and to empower 625 adolescents through 25 student implementation workshops. It also includes an awareness-raising media campaign on violence against women.

Coordinator: Cyprus Police (Criminal Investigation Department)

Partners: The Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies , Association for the Prevention and Handling of Violence in the Family (SPAVO), and Enoros Consulting Ltd

Multipliers: Ministry of Education and Culture, National Machinery for Women’s Rights (NMWR) under the Ministry of Justice and Public Order, Ombudsman/Anti-Discrimination Body and Equal Treatment Authority, Gender Equality Committee in Employment and Vocational Training, Advisory Committee for the Prevention and Combating of Violence in the Family, other Women’s’ Associations in Cyprus.

Project code :JUST/2016/RGEN/AG/VAWA /9945

Free to Choose (FtC)

Date: January 2017 – July 2019

Free to Choose (FtC) is a project co-funded by the European Commission’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme. The core objective is to raise awareness around gender diversity, enhancing and promoting a change in culture and the behaviour of youngsters when choosing career paths.

The project partners look to inform youngsters in transitional phases, as well as key adults around the types, roots and effects of gender stereotypes and segregation in the labour market. Other objectives are to involve young people and key adults in the use of an innovative tool, in order to develop a diverse vision of professions, skills and opportunities in the labour market from a gender perspective. This requires recognising, breaking down and overcoming stereotypes, which affect both young people and adults.

Coordinator: Cooperativa Sociale Onlus ITACA Servici Socio Sanitari Educativi in Italy

Partners: Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies , IRES FVG (Italy), Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia (Italy), Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia (Italy), APLOAD (Portugal),Zavod Nefiks (Slovenia), MCBIT (Slovenia), OPCIONATE, (Spain) and the University of Valencia (Spain).

Project code :JUST/2015/RGEN/AG/ROLE/ 9717

GENDER-ED: Combatting Gender Stereotypes in Education and Career Guidance

Date: January 2017- July 2019

The main aim of this project is to address the stereotyping of educational and career choices and to promote gender equality in education, training and career guidance. This is to ensure that both girls and boys/women and men can benefit equally in relation to their access, integration, participation or advancement in the labour market.

This will be achieved by attracting women into male-dominated sectors or occupations, and conversely to attract men into female-dominated sectors or occupations by challenging stereotypical assumptions about the roles of women and men in the labour market, including in leadership positions, and to change behaviours and practices that hinder equality..

Coordinator: The Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS) (Cyprus)

Partners: Cyprus Family Planning Association (CDPA) , the Women’s Issues Information Centre (WIIC) in Lithuania, the Association for Gender Equality and Liberty (ALEG) in Romania, and the Centro documentazione donna (CDD) in Italy.

Associate Partners:

- Cyprus Pedagogical Institute (under the Ministry of Education) and the Department of Labour Relations (under the Ministry of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance)

-Romania: National Agency for Equal Opportunities (under Ministry of Labour), National Institute for Education Science (under Ministry of Education), School Inspectorate of Sibiu.

-Lithuania: Siauliai University, Lithuania.

- Italy: The City of Modena, City of Savignano, Istituto Comprensivo di Savignano sul Panaro

Project code : JUST/2015/RGEN/AG/ROLE/ 9617

Disrupt Demand - Study Examining Campaign Strategies in Member States to Introduce Legislative Measures to Discourage Demand for Sex Trafficking

Date: December 2016 - November 2018

This project is designed to support efforts to prevent human trafficking for sexual exploitation (TSE) by reducing demand. Campaigns in the project countries, targeting demand by users of sex services, have a strong influence in creating public awareness around sex trafficking, gaining an overview of anti-trafficking laws and achieving strong legal models that deter the actions of users. The objective of the project is to reduce the demand fuelling TSE, by mapping and researching legal changes to that effect, sharing information on successful campaigning elements that achieved legal change and resulted in activities that fostered cooperation among key stakeholders.

Coordinator: The Immigrant Council of Ireland (ICI)

Partners: Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies, Cyprus (MIGS) Cyprus, Klaipeda Social and Psychological Services Center , Lithuania, Mouvement du Nid (MdN), France, Institute for Feminism and Human Rights (IFHR), Sweden, and Exit - off prostitution, Finland.

The project has its own website for further information.

Project code : HOME/2015/ISFP/AG/THBX/ 8417

Gender-related Challenges in European Education Systems

Date: August 2016 - August 2017

Gender-related challenges in European education systems is a project implemented on behalf of the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE). It aims to provide policy and decision makers with guidelines and recommendations on how to strengthen the gender relevance of European education systems and how to promote gender equality in European societies through education, by using education for awareness and empowerment.

Mapping and analysis of national approaches will deliver a comparative overview on trends and gaps, to support the development of political and methodological guidelines to promote the gender perspective within education policies in EU Member States.

Partners: Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS), Istituto per la Ricerca Sociale (IRS)

Project No:EIGE/2016/OPER/08

WE GO! Women Economic-Independence & Growth Opportunity

Date: January 2016 - January 2018

WE GO! works to strengthen support services for women undergoing intimate partner violence (IPV) and in particular the activities run by anti-violence centres (AVCs). This is done through the capacity building of trainers and officers and focuses on support services to foster victims’ economic empowerment.

WE GO! is a transnational cooperation project implemented by a partnership of 15 organisations from 7 European countries – Italy, Spain, UK, Greece, Cyprus, Sweden, Bulgaria, plus 7 associated partners (including Norway & France). The project incorporates a network of civil society leaders connecting over 300 members from 31 countries across Europe.

MIGS’ particular role in the project is to carry out a comparative analysis on existing services for women victims across 8 countries. This will allow for the development of a common methodology for data collection and a comprehensive analysis framework. MIGS is also identifying good practices for the economic empowerment of women victims of intimate partner violence.

Coordinator: ActionAid International Italia ONLUS

Partners: ActionAid International Italia ONLUS , IRS, Italy , The Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies, Cyprus, The Euclid Network, SURT, Spain, Fundación Mujeres , Spain, Gender Project for Bulgaria Foundation, The Bulgarian Centre of Women in Technology (BCWT) , The Animus Association Foundation , SEGE , Greece, The Women's Centre of Karditsa, Greece, Folkuniversitetet, Centro Veneto Progetti Donna- Auser, Italy, ASSOCIATION “DONATELLA TELLINI” – L’AQUILA, ITALY, and C.I.F. (Italian Women's Centre)

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Project No: JUST/2014/RDAP/AG/VICT/7365

Breaking the Mould: Promoting Gender Equality in Cyprus

Date: January 2016 - December 2017

Breaking the Mould aims to examine the imbalance in the share of housework and care responsibilities between men and women that contribute to the unequal economic independence between the genders in Cyprus. Tackling deep and pervasive gender stereotypes by raising awareness about them, the project will help Cypriot society to take positive steps towards equality.

Specifically, the project focuses on bringing about culture change in SMEs (which statistically employ more men than women in Cyprus), by encouraging the introduction of simple family-friendly measures. The project awareness campaign is targeted specifically to men in an effort to help diminish the stereotype that domestic work does not fit in with the traditional image of masculinity.

More info and updates on the project here

Coordinator: National Machinery for Women’s Rights and Ministry of Justice and Public Order.

Partners: Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS), the Ministry of Education and Culture, IMH.

Project No:JUST/2014/RGEN/AG/GEN D/7797

Time to ACT: Strengthening Capacity for Gender Parity in Political Decision-making in Cyprus

Date: September 2015 – August 2017

The Time to ACT project aims to effectively promote women’s leadership and active participation in decision-making at all levels.

The objectives are as follows:

To strengthen the capacity of civil society and the women’s movement in Cyprus with a view to effectively advocate for gender parity in decision-making, and women’s participation in the peace process; to increase the pool of women experts in areas where women tend to be under-represented (including in the media), through the She Experts initiative; to empower and build capacity among women within and across the political parties; and to promote gender quality within political party regulations and structures, as well as in their electoral programmes.

Partners: Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS) - Cyprus, National Democratic Institute (NDI).

Project No:GWPS - Time to ACT

Gender Equality Awareness Raising against Intimate Partner Violence II (GEAR against IPV II)

Date: October 2014 - October 2016

GEAR against IPV II aims to help teenagers build healthy intimate relationships.

The research, awareness-raising and training activities focus on preventing intimate partner violence and sexual violence among teenagers across 5 EU Member States (Cyprus, Spain, Greece, Croatia and Romania). The project also envisions sustainable publications (teacher training manuals etc.) which can be adapted across national contexts.

More info and updates on the project here.

Coordinator: European Anti-Violence Network (EAVN)

Partners: Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS) - Cyprus; Center for Education, Counselling and Research - CESI (Croatia); A.L.E.G - Association for Liberty and Equality of Gender (Romania); Plataforma unitària contra les violències de gènere (Spain);The Smile of the Child (Greece).

Project No: JUST/2013/DAP/AG/5408

END FGM (Female Genital Mutilation). Cooperation, synergies and structured dialogue among civil society and EU institutions to address female genital mutilation as a development issue

Date: October 2013 – September 2015

The main objective of the FGM in Development project is to strengthen the END FGM Network in order to facilitate a structured dialogue with European institutions aimed at re-positioning female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) as a development issue.

More specifically, the project increases the capacity of END FGM Network member organisations and enhance coordination and dialogue with EU development institutions involved in the implementation of the JAES Action Plan 2011-2013 and the achievement of the MDGs; mainstreams FGM in programmes and projects of European Non-State-Actors and Local Authorities involved in the EU-Africa Partnership; and advocates for the elimination of FGM to become part of the JAES Action Plan 2011-2013 and in the definition of the JAES Action Plan beyond 2013.

Partners: Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS), Cyprus, Associazione Italiana Donne per lo Sviluppo (AIDOS), Italy, Foundation for Women’s Health Research and Development (FORWARD), UK, Associação para o Planeamento da Família (Family Planning Association) (IPSS), Portugal

Project No: DCI NSA/2013/319-872

Combating Trafficking in Women for Labour Exploitation in Domestic Work

Date: October 2013 – September 2015

STOP Traffic for Domestic Work aims to gain knowledge and collect data on the national situation of trafficking in women for the purpose of forced labour and labour exploitation in Cyprus, Greece, Lithuania and Spain.

The partners will analyse legislation, policies and processes in relation to the recruitment, entry and employment of migrant women in their respective countries. They will look into exploitative work situations under which migrant women live and whether these situations include elements of trafficking. They will gain in-depth understanding of the push and pull factors in relation to trafficking in women for the purposes of labour exploitation, with particular focus on demand. And finally, the partners will work to raise awareness among relevant stakeholders including front line officers, NGOs and the media on trafficking in women for forced labour and labour exploitation in domestic work.

Coordinator: University of Nicosia / EDEX Ltd

Partners: Fundació SURT (Spain), Centre for Gender Studies of Department of Social Policy at Panteion University (Greece), Women’s Issues Information Centre (Lithuania).

This project has been funded by the Prevention of and Fight against Crime (ISEC) Programme of the European Commission.

Project No: HOME/2012/ISEC/AG/THB/4000003900

European Campaign for Parity Democracy and Active European Citizenship: No Modern European Democracy without Gender Equality

Date: March 2013 – August 2014

The overall aim of the Parity Democracy project is to promote active democratic citizenship and parity democracy in Europe. More specifically, the partners aim to promote the active participation of women as voters and candidates in the European Parliament elections of 2014 as well as increase the number of women among those elected.

The project promotes greater awareness and mobilizes support for the equal representation of women and men in political decision-making. It creates discussion forums to exchange good practices and lessons learned on a national and EU level. It develops and strengthens the capacity of women’s organisations and NGOs to mobilize support and advocate for parity democracy. It also encourages voters, particularly women, to be involved in the 2014 EP elections. The project partners will also evaluate political parties’ commitment to gender equality.

Coordinator: Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies

Partners: European Women’s Lobby (EWL), Women Employment Information Centre (Lithuania), Forum 50% (Czech Republic) and Romanian Women's Lobby (Romania)

The project is funded by the European Commission Fundamental Rights and Citizenship 2012 programme.

Project No: JUST/2011/FRAC/AG/2728

Empowering Care: Empowering girls in Residential Care against Violence against Women

Date: January 2013 - December 2014

Empowering Care is a European project aiming at increasing knowledge on the prevalence and characteristics of violence and abuse against girls aged 14-18 in residential care and under the legal responsibility of public authorities in five EU Member States (Bulgaria, Cyprus, Finland, Italy and Spain). Moreover, the project also aimed at empowering young girls in residential care to protect and prevent themselves and their peers from violence.

More info and updates on the project website here.

Coordinator: SURT Women’s Foundation in Spain

Partners: Tampep Association in Italy,Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Oulu in Finland, Animus Association Foundation in Bulgaria, Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS) in Cyprus

Project No: JUST/2012/DAP/AG/3078

STIR: Safeguarding Teenage Intimate Relationships: Connecting Online and Offline Contexts and Risks

Date: January 2013 - December 2014

The role of new technologies and social media in instigating and perpetuating teenage partner violence remains under-researched. STIR aims to bridge this gap by enhancing the understanding of how EU policy and practice concerning gender equality, children’s rights and new technologies impacts on this form of violence, and how these messages can inform wider safeguarding of young people’s welfare.

The project includes expert consultations from partner countries on the use of new technologies in young people’s intimate relationships; surveys among 14-17 year olds to explore the interconnection between online/offline forms of violence in young people’ relationships and the role of new technologies in underpinning control and abuse; young people’s experiences and perceptions of partner abuse within online/offline spaces and a web-based resource targeted at young people.

Coordinator: Bristol University

Partners:Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS),the Norwegian Centre for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies (Norway), University of Palermo (Italy), Applied Research and Communications Fund (Bulgaria) and CESIE – European Centre of Studies and Initiatives (Italy)

Project No: JUST/2011/DAP/AG/3330

LOGIN: Laboratories on Gender Violence in New Media

Date: January 2013 - December 2014

LOGIN aims to prevent and combat gender-based violence through encouraging teenagers to behave more responsibly in using social networks and new media.

Looking at the technologies young people use day-to-day, the project raises awareness in both teens and the adults in their lives (parents, teachers, etc.) about the role of gender-based violence in this fast-changing environment. Teens are educated about the importance of mutual respect in their online relationships, as well as the legal aspects connected with the publication of personal information on social networks.

Overall, the project proposes a healthy and positive attitude amongst young people with regards to the use of social networks and new media for communication, learning, exchanges of opinion, and participation in the social/political life on the local, national and EU level.

Coordinator: The City of Modena

Partners:Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS), Centro Documentazione Donna (Italy); UNICEF (Italy), the Women’s Issues Information Centre (Lithuania), and the Association for Liberty and Equality of Gender (ALEG) (Romania).

Project No: JUST/2011-2012/DAP/AG/3033

Increasing the Capacity of Domestic Workers of Different Origins to Respond to Sexual Violence through Community- based Interventions (Commun-AID)

Date: August 2012 – July 2014

Commun-AID seeks to increase the capacity of migrant domestic workers to respond to sexual violence through the development and piloting of community-based interventions. The project also aims to raise awareness among beneficiaries and target groups and to develop a training manual that incorporates consultative, educational and community development modules on issues of sexual violence towards migrant domestic workers. .

The project, with a consortium of eight organisations from six EU Member States, expects to provide a baseline assessment of the problem in countries with limited information. It will highlight the existing policy gaps and help the partner countries set measurable targets that can be properly monitored and evaluated. Support systems drawing on community dynamics will be developed to efficiently meet the needs of victimised migrants.

Coordinator: The Technological Educational Institute of Crete

Partners: The Institute of Conflict Research (Austria); Cyprus University of Technology, the Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (Cyprus); the Association of Heraklion Prefecture Female Boards (Greece); Rudgers Nisso Groep (Netherlands); SKUC (Slovenia); and Stockholm University (Sweden)

Project No: JUST/2011/DAP/AG/3272

Youth4Youth: Empowering Young People in Preventing Gender-based Violence through Peer Education

Date: March 2011 – March 2013

Youth4Youth looks to prevent and combat gender-based violence among adolescents by providing them with a safe space to discuss and evaluate their attitudes towards violence and empower them to become actively involved in developing environments free from violence. The project is implemented using a gender equality and rights-based approach.

The project will use "peer education" methodology to promote active youth involvement in developing a safe and protective environment for themselves and their peers.

Coordinator:Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS)

Partners: Casa Delle Donne per Non Subire Violenza (Italy), the Centre of Research in Theories and Practices that Overcome Inequalities-University of Barcelona (Spain), the European Anti-Violence Network (Greece) and Women’s Issues Information Centre (Lithuania).

Project No: JUST/2010/DAP3/AG/1351

Flying Team Against Violence: Combating Honour Related Violence and Forced Marriages

Date: 2010 – 2012

The Flying Team against Violence aims to enhance knowledge, and to develop and implement good practices on a grassroots level in relation to the prevention and combating of honour-related violence (HRV), forced marriages (FM) and abandonment, as well as to create a European network on these issues.

The project offers NGOs combating honour-related violence, forced marriage and abandonment both research tools and good practices, all informed by exchanges with similar organisations in their own country and in Europe.

Coordinator: Social Development Organisation MOVISIE International (Netherlands)

Partners: ALMAeuropa (Sweden), Bağımsız Kadın Derneği (Autonomous Women’s Association) (Turkey), Foundation Welsaen (Netherlands), Foundation Kezban (Netherlands), Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS) (Cyprus), and Papatya/Türkisch-Deutscher Frauenverein (Germany).

Project No: JUST/2009-2010/DAP3/AG/1166

Young Migrant Women in Secondary Education: Promoting Integration and Mutual Understanding through Dialogue and Exchange

Date: December 2009 – June 2011

The main aim of the Young Migrant Women in Education project is to explore how the intersection of gender and ethnic stereotyping produces forms of exclusion and marginalisation as experienced by young migrant women in the context of secondary education, and to identify the gaps between mainstream integration measures and young migrant women’s needs using a critical gender perspective. The project also develops policy recommendations aimed at improving the quality of existing structures and services in the educational context to reflect the different needs of young migrant women.

Coordinator: Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS)

Partners: The Centre of Research in Theories and Practices that Overcome Inequalities (CREA) at the University of Barcelona (Spain), the Centre for Rights, Equalities and Social Justice (CRESJ) at the Institute of Education, University of London (UK), the Department of Sociology at Panteion University (Greece); and the Euro-Mediterranean Centre for Educational Research (EMCER) at the University of Malta (Malta).

This project has been funded by the European Commission Fund for the Integration of Third-country Nationals.

Project No: LS/2008/ EIFX/CA/1006

REACT to Domestic Violence: Building a Support System for Victims of Domestic Violence

Date: 2009 - 2011

REACT to Domestic Violence aims to raise awareness, knowledge and sensitivity among legal practitioners, judges and prosecutors involved in domestic violence cases, as well as to increase the capacity of NGO support systems - in Cyprus and Slovenia - to effectively respond to victims’ needs.

The project addresses the following problems: a low awareness of judiciary and prosecutors on domestic violence issues, the dynamics of victimisation and victims’ needs; a lack of legal support provided to victims of domestic violence by NGOs; a lack of information on whether the existing NGO support system meets the victims’ needs for psychosocial help; the public’s tendency to minimise the consequences of domestic violence in society. .

The project's primary aim is to identify gaps in recently adopted laws and propose methods to improve the situation and build upon the existing project activities.

Coordinator: PIC (The Legal-Informational Centre for NGOs), Slovenia

Partner: Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS), Cyprus

Project No: JUST/2008-1/346

Date Rape Cases Among Young Women and the Development of Good Practices for Support and Prevention

Date: 2006 - 2008

The project aims to measure the prevalence and incidence of date rape among female university students, in Cyprus, Malta, Greece, Latvia and Lithuania, to assess the attitudes, behaviours and level of awareness among beneficiaries and target groups and to promote awareness, policy recommendations and strategies for support to victims and prevention of date rape.

These results are reached by conducting a quantitative and qualitative research amongst female college students, reporting on legislation, policies and measures, publishing leaflets for awareness, preparing a training manual with tools and good practices, organising informational and educational seminars for key stakeholders, preparing and publishing a resource book with the results of the research and policy recommendations and strategies and organizing an international conference at the end of the project.

The main beneficiaries of the project are young female university students (aged 18-28) living in urban areas and the target groups are governmental authorities and NGOs, policymakers and police staff.

Coordinator: Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS)

Partners: University of Malta (Malta), Institute of Equality (Greece), Coalition for Gender Equality (Latvia), Women's Issues Information Center (Lithuania)

Project No: 2005-1-041-WY

Integration of Female Migrant Domestic Workers: Strategies for Employment and Civic Participation

Date: September 2006 – February 2008

The main goal of the INTI Domestic Workers project is to develop recommendations for an integration model responding to the specific needs of female migrant domestic workers and their host countries that could be adaptable to different contexts.

The project, funded by INTI Preparatory Actions 2005, stimulates transnational cooperation involving a wide range of actors, including domestic workers themselves; creates a context for the mutual transfer of information and lessons learned, exchange of policies, best practices in integration methods and processes; and develops joint strategies that can be adapted to the different contexts of the partner countries and other EU Member States.

Coordinator: Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS) and Intercollege

Partners: CREA - University of Barcelona (Spain), ANTIGONE - Κέντρο Πληροφόρησης & Τεκμηρίωσης για το Ρατσισμό, ISIS - Institute for Social Infrastructure in cooperation with Dr. Sabine Hess, Institute of Folklore Studies and European Ethnology, Ludwig Maximilian University Munich, Lai-Momo Cooperative (Italy), The Filipino National Workers Association (Cyprus).

Project No: INTI 2005