GEMMA Against Violence!


Even though Violence against Women is known as one of the most important issues the world is facing nowadays and several European studies confirmed that some specific groups, such as migrants women and women belonging to ethnic minorities, are often more at risk compare to other categories, currently there are very little projects that deal with this specific issue. 

This project "GEMMA - Gender-Based Empowerment of Women through a Multiagency Approach" aims at offering adequate services to the needs of migrants women and at raising awareness among the community on such an important topic. 


The project developed coordinated strategies and actions in 5 European Countries, thanks to a strong European partnership:


Italy (GRT - leading agency);

Spain ( Sos Racismo & Farapi);

Greece (EPAPSY);

Bulgaria (ECIP Foundation);

Finland ( Helsinki Deaconess Institute )




This project is developed on three levels of action, inspired by the ecological model of understanding the violence created by the World Health Organisation (WHO). On an individual level, the project aims at offering interventions and answers that are accurate and properly respond to the needs of migrants women and women belonging to ethnic minorities that have suffered from Gender-Based violence. At the community level, the project's aim is to promote awareness-raising activities and to create network in order to prevent and fight violence within the local communities. At a social level instead, the project aims at enhancing the ability of the existing services to respond to women's needs. 


Description of Activities: 


The implementation of this project involves various stages and specific actions aiming at achieving the set objectives.

The first phase of this project involves an accurate analysis of the context, of the laws in place and of the specific protection measures together with a mapping of services at local level that deal with GBV survivors who belongs to ethnic minorities or are migrants. As well as this, the implementation phase entails some focus group with the community services representatives and some qualitative interviews with GBV survivors. 

The second phase of the project involves the delivery of several seminars with European experts and panel discussions with the key members of migrants communities or ethnic minorities ones, in order to share the results of the research and the community strategy to follow. This panel discussions are meant to be held regularly aiming at creating local operational protocols from the transnational guidelines. 

The third phase of the project aims at delivering some training to people who deal with GBV issues in order to further develop their skills and improve their ability to work with GBV survivors in a culturally sensitive way. Some workshops for the migrants communities are scheduled too and they aim at raising awareness on GBV issues among the migrants communities. At the end of these training and workshops some questionnaires are given to the beneficiaries, in order to evaluate the impact of the work. 

The last part of the project, which lasts throughout the whole 3 years time, aims at carefully deliver the results achieved through social media channels, seminars, conferences at the European level and national and international publications. 



The final beneficiaries of this project are the migrants women and women who belong to ethnic minorities and have survived violence or are at risk of being victim of violence. 

Another target group of the project are the healthcare, psycho-social and legal personnel, who will have the possibility to further develop strategies and competencies in order to operate in a culturally sensitive way. As well as them, a different target group are the members of the ethnic minorities and migrants, who will have the chance to improve their knowledge and awareness on the GBV issue. 


The project has developed and/or strengthened significant networks and knowledge about GBV targeting migrant women in 5 European countries (Italy, Finland, Bulgaria, Spain, Greece) , mainly through the following achievements:

3 International transnational meetings (Milan, Paris, Sophia)

15 Focus groups reaching 110 local stakeholders

46 In depth interviews with migrant women victims of domestic violence

5 Good practices report (Italy, Finland, Bulgaria, Spain, Greece) for a total of 11 good practices experiences

Community Roundtables meetings held across 5 Counties, with participations of 296 stakeholders (including public and private institutions, associations, service providers, community)


15 Local Training Workshops in 5 countries reaching a total of 235 participants (professionals involved in GBV support)

18 Loc al Empowerment workshops with 292 migrants participants from local communities in 5 countries.


The project has also produced the following outputs:

5 Comparative context analysis report (Italy, Finland, Bulgaria, Spain, Greece)

5 Partnerships countries services map (Italy, Finland, Bulgaria, Spain, Greece)

Community Strategies developed in the 5 participating countries (Ita

ly, Finland, Bulgaria, Spain, Greece).


2 papers submitted to international journals

5 National Seminar to advocate for the migrant women survivors of violence


A final International conference has been held at the European Parliament on 4TH December 2017 at the presence of European stakeholders and Members of Parliament.



GEMMA Against violence! has received the financial support of the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014-2020) of the European Union. The contents of this website and proejct related publications are the sole responsibility of GRT and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Commission


Ethnic Minorities

Ethnic diversity in order to keep people in a political inferiority status. Maya in Guatemala are an example, "untouchable" people in India or Nepal's caste system are another one.

Few times ethnic diversity is recognised as an added value to the whole society. 

In this perspective GRT offers support projects. 


The activities that GRT has carried out in Italy have followed a similar path to the ones that have been carried out abroad. The main topics that GRT has focused on in Italy are: 

Educational Activities: cooperation themes, professional updating, transcultural relations methodologies. Anthropology and cooperation seminars in collaboration with the Feltrinelli Foundation, Anthropological research on the African Migrants in Milan, cultural and linguistic mediator course as well as courses for teachers about the Nomad population and their culture. GRT has also organised courses on art and social problems together with the Cooperative "Percorsi" from Rho. 

Comparing Cultures and Cultural Activities: meetings with poets, writers, politicians, men and women working with the civil society as well as meetings in order to inform the population on the ethnic minorities in the country, their cultures and the stories behind their choice of fleeing their countries. 

Collaboration with local institutions in order to improve the services for foreign citizens in Milan and surroundings. Particular attention has been given to the youth in order to let them express themselves and their will and this has led to the creation of "Tutti sopra un cielo - TS1C" the artistic section of GRT, which has significantly contributed to the project "Meeting almost by accident", implemented with Parada Italia and funded by the Alta Mane Italia Foundation, the Evangelical Church and private contributions (Spal Automotive).

During this project GRT started to work with Roma people in Milan, especially with children and adolescents by organising recreational activities.