Stop Violence Against Women: From (A)wareness to (Z)ero Victims Blaming
Duration: 3rd April 2017 – 2nd October 2019
Objectives: to develop targeted information & implement practical empowerment actions, education activities and awareness-raising to increase understanding of different forms of VAW & stop blaming VAW victims & ultimately contribute to promoting zero tolerance to VAW & strengthening gender equality.
By using the framework of the “theory of change” the project will aim at finding practical solutions for complex social issues. This will be achieved by implementing three specific goals of the project:
• Empowering VAW victims & women at risk through development of key messages and most effective communication tools to increase women’s abilities to recognise VAW and trigger motivation to reach out for help.
• Building capacity of professionals through training and development of practical information to ensure sensitive support for victims of VAW and input to VAW prevention.
• Raising awareness of the general public through informing society about various forms of VAW & challenging victim-blaming attitudes within society.
The project will address several target groups ensuring sustainability of its results:
• Victims of domestic violence and women at risk to domestic violence;
• Health care professionals (primary health care level doctors and gynecologists);
• Social workers;
• Child rights protection officers;
Project partners: Human Rights Monitoring Institute, Centre for Equality Advancement, social advertising agency Nomoshiti and Lithuanian Medical Association (associated partner).
Co-funded by the Justice Programme of the European Union
Boys in Care – strengthening boys to pursue care occupations (BiC) – 2017-2019
Project aim: Create and improve initiatives for gender untypical vocational choices supporting boys in untypical vocational pathways, challenge the under-representation of men in professional care education including health care, elder care, early childhood education and primary school and teaching, challenge a cultural ascription of care work as an extension of women’s ‘natural’ function in the family and foster caring masculinities and challenge rigid gender norms.
1. Review of textbooks, teaching and informational material for vocational choices
2. Developing an online toolkit for gender sensitive educational and vocational counselling for teachers and counsellors.
3. Developing and/or improving gender sensitive online informational material for professionals, boys and parents.
4. Developing and implementing modularized training courses for teachers and vocational counsellors with a focus on gender sensitive vocational counselling for boys.
5. Development of a manual, oriented on the needs of teachers and vocational counsellors (incl. strategies, tools, specific knowledge).
6. Awareness raising campaigns
The consortium consists of Dissens Institut für Bildung und Forschung e.V. – Germany (project coordinator), Verein für Männer- und Geschlechterthemen Steiermark – Austria, The Peace Institute – Slovenia, Instituto degli Innocenti – Italy, Center of Women’s Studies and Policies – Bulgaria, Center for Equality Advancement – Lithuania.
Associate partner in Lithuania – Education Development Centre
Project is funded by the European Union.
Coordinated Multi-agency Response to Violence: from Awareness Raising to Behavioral Change
By this project we aim to develop and implement the system of multi-agency response to violence against women (VAW) to ensure safety of women victims of all forms of violence in close relation and make perpetrator accountable.
- developing of practical tool & its implementation guidelines for police on risk assessment of VAW
- developing of practical tool & its implementation guidelines for health care professionals on recording of VAW
- testing of risk assessment tool by involving police & victims
- testing of recording of VAW tool by involving health care professionals & victims
- training for police
- training for health care professionals
- training for prosecutors & judges
- training for professionals of different sectors (psychologists, community workers, child rights protection officers, victims’ support organizations, social workers, teachers etc.)
- training for probation officers
- implementing guidelines on risk assessment & monitoring its results
- implementing of guidelines on recording of VAW & monitoring its results
- drafting the recommendations for multi-agency cooperation & coordination
- preparing & publishing articles on good practices of multi-agency cooperation responding to VAW in media
- preparing, publishing & disseminating leaflets to provide both simple & clear description about violent assault & information where to apply for help
- on-going update of information about the project activities & outcomes & its dissemination on the websites of all project partners
- organizing advocacy meetings on multi-agency coordination on local level
- organising round-table discussion on multi-agency coordination on national level
- organising info-days in Lithuanian regions
- organizing community meetings in pilot municipalities
- implementing cycle of radio broadcasts
- implementing public campaigns
- organizing the final European Conference
- developed model of multi-agency cooperation to enable professionals to effectively collaborate to prevent & respond to VAW
- created favourable conditions for the implementation of systematic multi-agency response to ensure safety of women victims of VAW & make perpetrators accountable
- improved knowledge & capacities of police, health care professionals, prosecutors & judges, probation officers & professionals from different sectors to implement multi-agency response to violence
- raised awareness of communities contributing to their consolidation & cooperation with institutions for better VAW prevention
The project is implemented by the Center for Equality Advancement in cooperation with our partners – the Lithuanian Center for Human Rights and the Lithuanian Police School – as well as the associate partners – Kelmė District Municipality, Ukmergė District Municipality, Police Department under the Ministry of Interior, Prison Department under the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Social Security and Labor, and the Association of Hospital Managers Physicians.
Developing CCR to Stop GBW: Mainstreaming the Best US Practices in Lithuania
The objective of the project is to initiate the establishment of coordinated community response (CCR) in Lithuanian municipalities which will significantly contribute to safety of women from all forms of violence and increased responsiveness of a community.
The goals of the project are:
• to adapt the best US practice of CCR in Lithuanian context to stop GBV;
• to provide in-depth knowledge about GBV among professionals of key local institutions (e. g. social workers, child-rights protection officers, police, health-care professionals & prosecutors);
• to build capacity of professionals in municipalities to apply CCR principles in response to GBV;
• to strengthen networking among professional in local institutions to unite common efforts and effectively use resources for community safety.
The project target groups are law enforcement, prosecutors, professionals of different sectors (social workers, child rights protection officers, health care professionals), and civil society advocates.
This project anticipates a long-term impact on institutional work practices. Through the trainings, follow-up meetings & train-of-trainer workshops the CCR model adapted to the Lithuanian context will be launched. It will make an impact on institutional practices in response to GBV which will be cascaded to the professionals in other localities. In a long term perspective it will contribute to reduction of repetitiveness & scope of GBV which will have positive socio-economic impact on society.