Our project "Protecting the Rights of the Children" aims to create an innovative online platform for young people that, through visualized information, will clarify the rights of minors who are survivors of violence or those who are in conflict with the law. The platform will prepare them for the process of going through the so-called "Blue rooms" for interrogation and hearing of children.

We strive to put the rights of the child at the center and the responsibility of the state in guaranteeing them. The platform will visualize the work of the police, the court, the prosecutor's office and the social services in the stages of the interrogation, involving volunteer youth in order to ensure that the platform is adapted to the needs of the youth. Information will be prepared in a language understandable to children how they can participate in legal proceedings or directly - as a defendant, victim, witness, or indirectly - when decisions have an impact on their lives.

 The idea of the project is to create conditions to prevent the victimization and trauma of young people for life, by giving them knowledge of their rights in an understandable, tolerant and modern language.
The project is financed by Telus International Bulgaria.

A second international meeting of the project "No Gaps - Transnational methodology for socia-labor intervention with young women asylum seekers and refugees” happened in the period 3-4.06.2019 in Vienna, Austria. The project is with Reg. No. 2018-2-ESO2-KA205-011654 and is co-financed by the European Union's Erasmus+ Program.
The meeting was attended by representatives of the five partner organizations - Guarani NGO (ES), Solidaridad sin Fronteras (ES), KEK IEKEP (GR), BEST Institut für berufsbezogene Weiterbildung und Personaltraining GmbH (AT), Gender Alternatives Foundation (BG).

Read more: Second International Meeting of the No Gaps Project Team

The project emerged from the need to explore and establish innovative ways to empower young people (aged 14-19) to tackle racism, xenophobia and discrimination aimed at migrants and minorities.
The present publication “Report on Good Practices for Youth Empowerment strategies” presents the results of the transnational desk-research conducted across the partner countries of HIT, aimed at gathering and reviewing country specific good practices on youth-led and youth empowered initiatives on counteracting hate speech and behaviour. The findings are of utmost importance in the elaboration of an innovative HIT curriculum.

Read more: HIT – Hate Interrupter Teams: Youth counteracting hate speech towards migrants and minorities...

On 10.04.2019, a Final conference was organized under the project, in Palermo, Italy.
90 persons took part in the conference.
Panel on the experiences with CONVEY in Bulgaria, Greece, Cyprus, Ireland, UK and Italy was presented. Milena Kadieva, Gender Alternatives Foundation Antonia Tsirigoti and Stefanos Alevizos, The Smile of the Child Anca Clivet, Hope for Children Mary Crilly and Dola Twomey, Sexual Violence Centre Cork Leslene White and Adam Taylor, Westminster City Council Noemi De Luca, CESIE .
Teachers and students’ voices on their CONVEY experience were also presented. Vitalba Valenti, Educandato Statale Maria Adelaide Students and teachers from school 
Experts’ Panel was presented on Education and the fight against gender-based violence and sexual violence – experiences from Bulgaria, Greece, Cyprus, Ireland, UK and Italy.
Results from the behaviour change study were presented.
Noemi De Luca, CESIE and Milena Kadieva, Gender Alternatives Foundation
Gaming against gender-based violence - “CONVEY – Not a Game” – the online educational tool was presented. Emiliano Mungiovino, CESIE Luca Alba, Sylphelabs s.r.l.
Presentation of a video selection from the CONVEY Campaign “I say NO to sexual violence” was the final part of the event.

     (The project is funded under the Rights, Equality & Citizenship Programme of the European Union /REC-AG-2017/REC-RDAP-GBV-AG-2017/ Grant agreement No: 809952)

     BASE (REC-AG-2017/REC-RDAP-GBV-AG-2017) addresses the need to counteract GBV against refugee/migrant girls through the development and sustainability of strategies to nurture inclusive communication and a culture of trust between support service professionals, victims, families and communities, thus preventing victim re-traumatisation and encouraging reporting of GBV. Violence against women and young girls knows no cultural, geographical or ethnic barriers, several studies have identified that some groups are particularly vulnerable - migrant and ethnic minority women, female asylum seekers, refugees are among those.

Read more: BASE - Empowering women and girls from migrant background to counteract gender-based violence

December 10, 2019