• Donor: the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014-2020)
  • Managing organization: International Organization for Migration (IOM)
  • Implementing Partners: RainbowHouse Brussels | Femmes en Détresse | City of Rome | ETNA – Progetto Di Etnopsicologia Analitica | Università Degli Studi Di Roma La Sapienza | City of Gothenburg
  • Geographical coverage: Belgium, Luxembourg, Italy, Sweden
  • Duration: 24 months 


Equalcity aims at improving existing urban services for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in order to better reach migrant communities and improving identification, referral, protection and recovery of SGBV survivors within these communities.

This project targets EU cities and their migrant communities, including refugees and asylum seekers, whether they are newly arrived or from a second or third generation.This new initiative builds on existing material and past projects of IOM and its project partners. 4 EU partner cities, together with local partner organizations will develop and pilot 4 toolboxes that will tackle SGBV in migrant communities from a specific angle:

1. The first toolbox will be developed by IOM in partnership with the Brussels-Capital Region and RainbowHouse Brussels. It aims at creating and testing tools to set up and manage safe spaces for LGBTQI+ people within existing public services. This toolbox will include an awareness-raising campaign.

➡️ Read our LGBTQI + project update 

2. The second toolbox will be created by IOM and the NGO Femmes en Détresse A.S.B.L with the support of the city of Luxembourg . It will focus on violence against migrant women and girls and aims at improving the awareness and capacity of frontline workers so that they can deliver effective support to female SGBV survivors in migrant communities.

➡️ Read our Migrant Women project update

3. In the third toolbox, IOM, the city of Rome, the Sapienza University and the NGO ETNA will create a SGBV toolbox targeting unaccompanied minor children (UMC). The aim is to develop, implement and test mindfulness-based training for legal guardians, social workers, and cultural mediators working with UMC. A separate module will be developed for the UMC themselves which will allow them to better cope with SGBV along their integration path and transition to adulthood.

➡️ Read our UMC project update 

4. Finally, IOM will create together with the city of Gothenburg a SGBV toolbox targeting parents in migrant communities with the aim of tackling honour-based violence through value-based and intercultural dialogue. This toolbox will include an awareness-raising campaign.

➡️ Read our Migrant Families project update

For each toolbox, a panel of experts (academics, representatives from migrant communities, SGBV survivors, public institutions, IOM, etc.) will provide input and feedback to the project partners. At the end of the project, once all toolboxes have been piloted in the field, about 20 trainee cities will have access to the tools developed. These trainee cities have expressed their desire to strengthen their urban services by focusing on one of the topics tackled in the toolboxes. They will play an active role in the dissemination of the project tools through their national and EU city networks.




This project is funded by the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014-2020)


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