The BASE partners organised two events that brought together migrant women and representatives of support services and relevant authorities, creating a dialogue and establishing the grounds for a network of cooperation.
The 1st Transnational took place in Coimbra, Portugal, July 2019. A total of 33 participants from Italy, Portugal, Bulgaria, Greece, UK, Slovenia, Austria and Cyprus, representing stakeholders and migrant women from prominent migrant communities from Middle Eastern, African, and East European countries, came together in Coimbra (Portugal) for the 1st BASE Transnational Cooperation Meeting.
The meeting aimed to analyse country contexts regarding sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) against migrant and refugee women and girls and debate common strategies with representatives from support services working with victims of SGBV, public entities and migrant/ refugee women themselves.
The sessions focused around 4 main themes: gender-related vulnerabilities and communication; access to services and facilities; sexual and reproductive health issues; partnerships and inter-institutional collaboration. The participants discussed the challenges to support migrant/refugee girls and women survivors of SGBV and proposals to respond to the challenges across the partner countries.
The 2nd Transnational Cooperating Meeting was scheduled to take place in Vienna, Austria, August 2020 but due to the COVID-19 emergency and travel restrictions, it was adapted to an online event organised in 3 session during January and February 2021. over 30 people participated from Cyprus, UK, Slovenia, Italy, Bulgaria, Greece, Austria and Portugal, representing service providers, relevant authorities, and migrant women.
During the first session of the TCM, each partner presented the results of the implementation of the training workshops with the Cultural Advisors and the Capacity Building of professionals in the different countries, highlighting the main challenges and the success factors. The fruitful discussions have confirmed the importance of having a stronger collaboration between stakeholders and migrant women trained as Cultural Advisors and the need to consolidate the BASE network to guarantee the sustainability of the Cultural Advisor.