The main objective of the project was to prevent violence linked to so-called harmful practices (e.g. female genital mutilation, forced or early marriage or forced sexual relationships, honour crimes) through training of local communities in Human Rights based on European Convention and national legislations in Sweden, Portugal, the UK and Greece. The above objective was achieved by increasing the capacity of ethnic minority NGOs for carrying out awareness rising and educational campaign for establishing social dialogue concerning Honour Relating Violence(HRV) in local communities.
The partners organized training activities targeting:
A manual for Capacity-Building of Ethnic Minority NGOs with nine modules, such as Fund-raising, Human Resources, Time Management, Monitoring and Evaluation, Reporting, Communication and Dissemination, Sustainability, Networking, Aims in Project Planning was produced. The manual increased the networking, training and project management capacity of ethnic minority NGOs. Furthermore, the game “Human Rights in Practice” was used as a tool for social orientation and awareness rising as well as for preventing HRV.The game was a tool which NGOs applied for training of families in their local communities as a part of HRV prevention, integration and social (inter-cultural) dialogue. Two versions of the “Human Rights in Practice” game were developed, one for adults and one for youngsters, focusing on needs and interests of each group. An online library was created to share exercises and materials related to HRV prevention.
The objectives of the project were met. The project contributed to raising awareness among local communities about HRV and human rights and to enhancing capacities of ethnic minority NGOs. The game developed under the project proved to be a communication tool enabling people to connect, as well as a tool to disseminate information about honour related violence within communities.
As an immediate impact of the project, better information on how to claim and protect their fundamental Human Rights and on what were the consequences for breaching these rights were provided to local communities. As a result of higher awareness on Human Rights, the project brought about altered attitudes and behavioural change in local communities. In the near future, the project could have a significant impact on the participating countries as the training modules were integrated in the daily services of partner organisations and were also further used.