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You can now find the “#BASEEMPOWERMENT: Inclusive Support to Girls in Migrant Communities” Conference online on YouTube. Be inspired by the powerful contributions shared by our speakers from all over Europe and join the conversation to raise awareness on the issue of Gender-Based Violence against migrant and refugee women and girls. Here you can find the link to watch it: https://youtu.be/vDSbC4WMcgU 

The BASE Transnational Conference was initially scheduled to be hosted by "Hope For Children" CRC Policy Center in Nicosia, November 2020. Due to the COVID-19 emergency and travel restrictions it was held online on the 22nd of March 2021.  The Conference, titled “#BASEEMPOWERMENT: Inclusive Support to Girls in Migrant Communities”,  presented the main achievements of the BASE project and reflected on the issue of GBV through the stories of both survivors and professionals.

BASE Conference Speakers and short Bio:

Iliana Balabanova a free-lance consultant and manager in projects related to Women’s Human Rights, Gender Equality and Violence against Women and Girls. Iliana has worked for over 25 years in the areas of prevention and protection of violence against women and girls, gender stereotypes, gender equality, mechanisms and standards. She served as a Vice-President of the European Women’s Lobby, the biggest umbrella organisation of women associations in the EU; also as a Bulgarian national expert at the European Women’s Lobby Observatory on Violence Against Women, and in various advisory boards and expert groups at national and international level. She is a co-founder and president of the Bulgarian Platform of the European Women’s Lobby.

Priscilla N.ADE assists in translation for French speaking Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Cyprus, and for the French speaking unaccompanied children at Homes For Hope in Nicosia; she’s also a Refugee Outreach Volunteer for the UNHCR. Priscilla is a Cameroonian living in and out of Cyprus for 16 years now. In her own words, she’s a single mother of 4 amazing kids. Priscilla successfully completed the BASE Cultural Advisor Training in Cyprus and has since participated in a number of events to raise awareness on the importance of the role and to promote it close to support services.

Sana Neji, is a Tunisian living in Italy and working as a cultural advisor since 2010. Sana has graduated in Language Translation and interculturality and she has been working with Italian authorities as a mediator through various organisations such as UNHCR and The Red Cross, on quarantine ships and Covid-19 hotels.

Maliheh Dehghani holds a degree in computer engineering/hardware, and a degree in architecture/interior design. She is an artist as well. Maliheh is an Iranian residing in Greece since 2019, having started to volunteer with the Red Cross shortly after arriving in the country. Since July 2020, she has been working as an interpreter with IOM. Because of her life experiences, she became active in human rights’ protection, especially on matters regarding the violation of women’s rights. Her goal is to learn more and share her knowledge with women all around the world that have suffered because of lack of knowledge about their rights.


Natasa Papamarkou, is a registered Clinical Psychologist working at  “Hope for Children” CRC Policy Center being placed at the Children’s House. She studied Psychology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.  She holds a post graduation degree in Clinical and Health Psychology and she’s currently finishing her training in Integrative Psychotherapy.

Hibo Wardere is a Somali-born activist and campaigner against female genital mutilation. She is also a successful author, educator, and sought-after public speaker. Hibo moved to London when just a teenager in 1989, as a refugee fleeing the Somali Civil War. Based on her own personal experience of FGM and reflecting on how this has shaped both her professional and personal life, Hibo's book Cut: One Woman's Fight Against FGM in Britain Today, has gained critical acclaim and has been translated into both Polish and Lithuanian. Whilst maintaining strong links with the local communities, Hibo has worked hand in hand with policy makers and politicians, The Metropolitan Police, Association of Midwives and the Departments of Health, Education and Human Rights, to raise awareness and support for victims and potential victims of FGM, and to make positive changes to UK law in relation to FGM. Hibo has worked with The Mayor's Office in London on the implementation of a Policy of Zero Tolerance.


Almerindo Prudêncio is an anti-racism activist and advocate for the Roma Community in Portugal. He works as a counselor and cultural mediator having contributed to several cultural mediation programmes in municipalities across the country. He has developed research work regarding the Romani/Caló language, and is a passionate advocate for the emancipation of Roma people, and against discrimination.

Tiziana Fantucchio is a project Manager at the Rights and Justice Unit of CESIE. She actively works in the field of Migration, Gender Equality and Child abuse prevention through research, training, and transnational cooperation within European projects

Ruta Grigaliunaite is a project Manager also at the Rights and Justice Unit of CESIE. She has knowledge and skills in capacity building and networking activities to enhance the skills of professionals from support services working with women victims of trafficking and survivors of sexual and gender-based violence; she works with teachers to prevent and respond to gender-based violence in schools; and local authorities.

Blaž Lenarčič holds a Ph.D. in sociology and is an assistant professor and a research associate at the Science and Research Centre Koper. His main research fields are intercultural studies and the social impact of information-communication technologies, and recently he began to study the influence of these technologies on the migration process. He has been involved in different national and international research projects dealing with migration issues.