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GBV: “Promoting gender equality and combating gender-based violence” in Cyclades

According to the latest data of the European Institute for Gender Equality published in 2021, Greece ranked last in Europe in relation to the initiatives and actions to promote gender equality and combat gender-based violence.

The “Promoting gender equality and combating gender-based violence” program aims to address the multiple dimensions of the ever-increasing incidents of gender violence in our country and to promote gender equality in the Cyclades (Andros, Tinos, Mykonos, Paros, Antiparos, Milos, Kimolos, Sifnos, Kythnos, Serifos, Kea), which do not have counseling centers specializing in gender issues.

The scope

In the framework of the project, desk research was conducted, and specialized educational material was designed for mental health professionals, teachers, and members of the local community. This material has been uploaded on a purpose-built platform of synchronous and asynchronous education, aiming at the meaningful and comprehensive understanding of the gender-based violence phenomenon, its dimensions, the affected people, as well as the promotion of gender equality as a way of addressing mindsets and practices related to GBV.

The educational project is backed up by conferences, webinars, workshops, film screenings, and theater performances, acting as engagement, information, and awareness-raising activities for the local community.

The addressees

The “Promoting gender equality and combating gender-based violence” program is addressed to social and mental health service professionals of EPAPSY and the islands of reference, teachers and special education staff, local authorities, associations, and organizations, as well as parents, adolescents and the general public.

The overall objective of the project is to create a network of trained health professionals and aware public officials, who will be able to contribute substantially to raising awareness and consciousness on gender-based violence and promoting gender equality in local island communities.

The partners

The “Promoting gender equality and combating gender-based violence” program is implemented under the Active Citizens Fund program, with the Bodossaki Foundation and SolidarityNow as fund operators, EPAPSY as project promoter and CMT Prooptiki as partner.

The Active Citizens Fund, a € 13.5 million grant program, is supported by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway as part of the EEA Grants 2014 – 2021. The program aims to strengthen the civil society sustainability and highlight its role in promoting and safeguarding democratic procedures, active citizenship and human rights. The fund operator for the Active Citizens Fund in Greece is the Bodossaki Foundation in consortium with SolidarityNow. Read more at

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