logoThe Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies is a partner to a project coordinated by the Technological Educational Institute of Crete entitled Increasing the capacity of domestic workers of different origins to respond to sexual violence through community- based interventions (Commun- AID).  The project is funded by the European Commission Daphne III Programme.

Eight organisations from 6 EU Member States are part of the consortium including: the Institute of Conflict Research (Austria); Cyprus University of Technology, the Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (Cyprus); the Association of Heraklion Prefecture Female Boards (Greece); Rudgers Nisso Groep (Netherlands); SKUC (Slovenia); and Stockholm University (Sweden).

The project’s main aim is to increase the capacity of migrant domestic workers to respond to sexual violence through the development and piloting of community-based interventions.  The project also aims to raise awareness among beneficiaries and target groups and to develop a training manual that incorporates consultative, educational and community development modules on issues of sexual violence towards migrant domestic workers.

 Project objectives:

  • An mapping of the problem of sexual violence among  migrant domestic workers and an assessment of victim’s needs;
  • A mapping of community resources, allies, interventions and policies addressing sexual violence against migrants;
  • The design of culturally and linguistically appropriate tools and interventions to address sexual violence against migrant domestic workers;
  • The development of a pool of accredited workers and community members who could facilitate community education and long term community development programmes;
  • Raising awareness among migrant domestic workers about their rights and increase their capacity to respond to sexual violence.

Project Activities:

  • The review of the existing evidence on the experience of sexual victimization by female migrant domestic workers and assessment of the victims’ needs.  The extent and the characteristics of the sexual victimization of migrant domestic workers in all partner countries will be described, and the national and international literature in relation to this issue  will be systematically reviewed;
  • Mapping of community resources, interventions and policies in all partner countries in order to identify policies and/ or other interventions specifically designed to address sexual violence against migrant domestic workers;
  • The development of a culturally and linguistically appropriate crisis intervention web tool which aims in providing information and referrals, safety planning, emotional support and advocacy to migrant domestic workers. The web tool will be specifically designed based on the specific needs of migrant domestic workers;
  • To develop and implement a train-the trainer intervention. A competency- based training involving consultative, educational and community development modules on issues of sexual violence at domestic work will be developed and delivered to bicultural community educators in all partner countries.
  • Wide dissemination of the project outcomes.

Organisation of a regional workshop:

The Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies and the Cyprus University of Technology are organizing a conference entitled: Sexual Violence against Domestic Workers. One of the aims of the conference is to present the research results of the research project “Commun- AID, Increasing the capacity of domestic workers to respond to sexual violence through community based interventions. The conference also aims to bring on the surface the issue of sexual violence faced by domestic workers as a result of the structures, policies and practices followed in Cyprus.

Find the agenda of the conference here

For more information contact Josie Christodoulou at Josie@medinstgenderstudies.org.