Project GEMMA against Violence:
Gender based Empowerment of Migrants through a Multiagency Approach

The project developed and has been supporting the implementation of an an intervention model in the field of prevention, contrast and treatment of gender-based violence within a particularly vulnerable group: migrant and ethnic background women (and girls). In Helsinki the project targeted Roma EU migrants and undocumented women since they face particular challenges in accessing social and health services.

The intervention model, based on a preliminary research on context specificities and on existing European good practices, from a transcultural point of view, is a multidisciplinary and multiagency strategy based on three key pillars: 1. Psycho-social, legal and physical support to survivors of violence; 2. Networking among services and strengthening of a culturally sensitive and integrated approach (across physical, psycho-social, and legal fields) 3. Empowerment and awareness-raising within migrant communities, to enhance internal self-help and the activation of care safety nets and access to services.

The project was implemented between 4.1.2016-31.12.2017.

Link to the project's main website


Project main results:

  • There is better knowledge among relevant stakeholders on EU Roma women’s and undocumented women experiences of violence and level of vulnerability in Finland , as well as their use of protection and support services
  • Promoted a close cooperation between key relevant agencies and service providers to better address the needs of the targeted victims, in Helsinki
  • Supported the participation of the women, victims of violence in the process of developing the local model of intervention and more generally on planning support services, in Helsinki
  • Developed and tested the local model of intervention: GEMMA “Responsible Community” Strategy and training materials to promote EU Roma women and undocumented women with equal access to preventive and protection services at the local level in Helsinki
  • Mainstreamed the model developed and knowledge on best practices in the field among municipal social and health professionals and NGOs and church staff in Helsinki
  • Transnational and cross-border cooperation and mutual learning among the project partners, on victims of violence policies at national and European level

In Helsinki the project cooperated closely with: Global Clinic, Support Center for Victims of Sexual Violence (SERI), Amnesty Finland, MONIKA –Multicultural Women’s Association

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More information

Anca Enache, Development Manager, Helsinki Deaconess Institute
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