Equalcity - Luxembourg


Funded by the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014 – 2020), Equalcity aims to improve existing urban services for victims of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in order to better reach migrant communities and to improve identification, referral, protection and recovery of SGBV victims within these communities.

In Luxembourg, the project is implemented by IOM in partnership with Femmes en détresse and the direct support of the city of Luxembourg. The focus is on violence against migrant women and girls . The aim is to capacity build first line workers through the development of a training toolbox and a piloting phase of training sessions to raise awareness and so that they can deliver effective support to female SGBV survivors. Activities have started at the end of November 2019 and will run for 2 years, until November 2021. 
The first months of the project activities in Luxembourg have consisted in identifying the needs and gaps in assistance to female SGBV survivors. The mapping was conducted through field interviews in reception centers, an online survey and exchanges with the main stakeholders. The results are compiled in a mapping report which also contains an annex of all support services for migrant women and girls in Luxembourg. 
If you would like to read it: sluis@iom.int 

The training toolbox will include a training manual for frontline workers working directly or likely to be in contact with women from migrant communities to respond to SGBV in the migratory context and mainstreaming intercultural considerations. Training sessions have started in April 2021 with a with a considerable number of participants from different professional areas (civil society associations, police force, and social offices from different cities in Luxembourg). They will continue until the end of June 2021.
Keep up to date on the general project website: https://belgium.iom.int/equalcity.