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02 05 2022 - New beginning! SEEN: Gender Based Violence Against Women with Disabilities in Focus

Project duration: April of 2022 – March of 2024

Project aim: to prevent & combat GBV against women with disabilities.

Project objectives:

  1. Carrying out the revision of legislation on GBV against women with disabilities in Lithuania.
  2. Creating & strengthening protection & supporting mechanisms in social & mental health care services tailored for women with disabilities experiencing GBV.
  3. Increasing capacities of mental health & social care service providers to address & manage GBV against women with disabilities across services.
  4. Developing Coordinated Multi Agency Response (CMAR) algorithm in pilot municipalities & adopting it for nation-wide implementation.
  5. Strengthening of the recognition of GBV against women with disabilities among women themself & bystanders.
  6. Raising public awareness / discussions & promoting behavioral changes in supporting women with disabilities reach for help.

These objectives will be achieved by:

  • Advocating for legal adjustments in national legislation, adoption of municipal-level CMAR to GBV against women with disabilities & support mechanisms in social & mental health care services for women with disabilities experiencing GBV, especially in the context of Covid-19;
  • Building capacity of professionals and motivating them to eliminate prevailing stereotypes arising in the intersection of gender norms & disability which contribute to justification of all forms of GBV & effectively prevent, detect and support victims of violence who have disabilities;
  • Raising awareness of women with disabilities about GBV and empowering to seek support & motivating bystanders to take active part in providing support.
  • The project is implemented by the Office of the Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson, VšĮ “Nomoshiti iniciatyva” and “Mental Health Perspectives“.

EN Co-funded by the EU_POSFunded by the Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values (CERV) Programme of the European Union (2021)