Gender alternatives foundation had the honor to attend the Astra Network Annual Meeting 2019. On 17th and 18th of October ASTRA held its annual meeting in Warsaw, Poland. Astra members discussed the current threats to reproductive rights in Central and Eastern Europe and ways of moving forward and addressing these developments.

Read more: ASTRA Network Annual Meeting 2019

The No Gaps Project aims to create an integral and replicable methodology of intervention at European level for professionals working with young migrant women, asylum-seekers and refugees. The activities focus on increasing the capacities of professionals, working with vulnerable groups of women, to better understand their needs, facilitate their participation in society and increase their prospects for finding a decent employment. The access to professional training is a key to guarantee a successful integration.
The innovative No Gaps Database is especially designed to reflect the latest developments in the professional work with women asylum seekers and migrants. It aims at providing a comprehensive list of good practices, programs, policies, methodologies, pedagogical approaches and resources in:
• Social work intervention with women asylum seekers.
• Recognition of previous competences.
• Detection of needs and individualized itineraries.
• Promotion of social inclusion through volunteering and participation.

Professionals can find inspiration by identifying new approaches that have positive impact in the lives of women! One can access the database on the No Gaps website which is available in five European languages – English, German, Spanish, Greek and Bulgarian.
The project "No Gaps - Transnational methodology for socio-labor intervention with young women asylum seekers and refugees” (2018-2-ESO2-KA205-011654) is co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European union. The duration of the project is 24 months /01.09.2018 - 31.08.2020/.
The partnership consortium consists of five EU organizations – Guarani NGO (ES), Solidaridad sin Fronteras (ES), KEK IEKEP (GR), BEST Institut für berufsbezogene Weiterbildung und Personaltraining GmbH (AT), Gender Alternatives Foundation (BG).


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).

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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...

January 20, 2020