The Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies is coordinating a transnational project entitled “Date Rape Cases Among Young Women and the Development of Good Practices for Support and Prevention”, funded by the Daphne II Programme, of the European Commission.

The project partners are:

  1. University of Malta (Malta) www.um.edu.mt
  2. Institute of Equality (Greece)
  3. Coalition for Gender Equality (Latvia) www.apvieniba.lv/eng
  4. Women’s Issues Information Center (Lithuania) www.lygus.lt 

Aims and Objectives

The project aims to measure the prevalence and incidence of date rape among female college students, in the partner countries and assess the attitudes, behaviors and level of awareness among beneficiaries and target groups. The project will also promote awareness and make policy recommendations for prevention of date rape and support to victims. The main beneficiaries of the project will be young female college students (aged 18-28) living in urban areas and the target groups will be governmental authorities, NGOs, policy-makers and the police.

The objectives of the program are:

  • To provide comprehensive data on date rape cases, attitudes, behaviors, and awareness level;
  • To exchange information regarding legislation, policies and good practices among partner countries;
  • To prevent and potentially minimize the instances of date rape through raising awareness among beneficiaries and target groups;
  • To contribute towards combating date rape by publishing and widely disseminating information and data regarding the issue in all EU Member States;
  • To establish partnerships and networks between EU Member States within the framework of combating date rape through the dissemination of the project results;

Activities
The project will be encompassed by the following activities:

Five Country Research Reports will be prepared, based on collection of comprehensive data, information and material through quantitative and qualitative research in each partner country; View Country National Findings Reports

Information Leaflets will be produced and published to raise awareness and disseminate information on project activities; First Information Leaflet:Daphne Leaflet English [PDF]. View the second Information Leaflet in all partner languages.

Information Seminars
in each partner country to provide information regarding the issue of date rape, as well as the policy recommendations and strategies developed during the project. The seminars will targert policy makers, NGO officials, and the police as well as educators, school counselors and psychologists. View the Seminar Report.

Publication of a Resource Book incorporating the activities of the project as well as data and information from the research and strategies and policy recommendations for the future. The manual also includes good practices aimed at government, NGO officials as well as the police for providing adequate support to victims and implementing measures for the prevention of date rape.

A final International Conference involving the participation of all relevant stakeholders with the main theme that of the exchange of best practices for support and prevention of date rape.

For more information contact Susana Pavlou on ++357 22 351 276, ext. 115 or susana@medinstgenderstudies.org

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