Presenting the handbook on counselling asylum seeking and refugee women victims of gender-based violence (BRIDGE and ChildHub webinar)

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Date of webinar: 
28 Jan 2020
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Ms Inka Lilja

Ms Inka Lilja has a degree in Law and she currently works as a Senior Programme Officer at the European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control, affiliated with the United Nations, based in Helsinki Finland. Ms. Lilja has been responsible for developing and coordinating several of HEUNI’s projects related to rights of victims of crime. She previously worked for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Myanmar in projects related to the implementation of the UN Crime Programme. She has also worked for the Ministry of Defense and Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, and for several development NGOs.

This webinar is being organized as part of the regional project "Building Relationships through Innovative Development of Gender-Based Violence Awareness in Europe - BRIDGE" which has the aim to strengthen the statutory response to gender-based violence (GBV) affecting children and youth on the move in EU countries.

The BRIDGE project is supported by the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014-2020).

A series of webinars are being organized as part of the BRIDGE project to discuss issues of GBV and share good practices.


About the webinar:

In this webinar Ms Inka Lilja from the European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control (HEUNI) will present a handbook developed by HEUNI and partner organizations, who work daily with refugee women in six EU Member States: Croatia, Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Finland and Italy. The handbook was developed through a co-creation process and entails a counselling method for working with refugee women who have been victims of gender-based violence. A part of the co-creation process was an extensive data collection through which information was gathered on the phenomena of GBV in the asylum context and the challenges and lessons learned in assisting the victims. Ms Lilja will talk about the pattern of violence identified in the research including continuums of violence and normalization of violence in the lives of refugee women as well as about the dilemma this particular group of victims faced in accessing the criminal justice and asylum system. Moreover, Ms Lilja will also lead the participants through the main points of the counselling method developed. The main focus in the handbook is on adult women but lessons can be also drawn to work with youth and children. The handbook can be downloaded in English, Finnish, German, Italian, Croatian and Greek and more about the project in which the handbook was developed can be found here:

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