Unizon and MÄN (Sweden) have been cooperating for many years. But has it always been an accountable cooperation?
During this webinar Natalia Batenkova and Vidar Vetterfalk shared a recent example that damaged the cooperation between the organisations and talked about the important practical steps and lessons learned on the way to developing more accountability.
Natalia Batenkova, Unizon (Sweden), works as a Project Coordinator for the SAfE project that Unizon runs in Russia together with the organisation MÄN (former Men for Gender Equality). She has an academic background in International and European Relations and has been working with women and girls subjected to men’s violence (both in intimate relationships and in prostitution, pornography and human trafficking) as well we with violence prevention for several years.
Vidar Vetterfalk, MÄN (Sweden), has been an active member in MÄN since it started 1993 and has worked as international project manager and psychologist since 2001 with a main focus on Eastern Europe. Vidar has cooperated closely with Unizon in international development cooperation since 2010 in supporting development in Eastern Europe of holistic work against men’s violence against women. Together with Olga Person from Unizon, Vidar was an expert in the governmental investigation on work with perpetrators in Sweden 2017-2018.
You can download the presentation with many useful tips here.
In this webinar, Sandie Barton explored Rape Crisis Centres – their necessity, their specific work and their European Context. Additionally, she considered the intersections of domestic abuse and sexual violence as she has experienced them in her work, as well as how these intersections have been treated thus far. And lastly, she shared inputs on how to treat sexual violence in perpetrator programmes taken from her decades of experience working with survivors.
Sandie Barton has been working with child and adult survivors of sexual violence for 24 years in a variety of organisational settings. She is a qualified cognitive behavioural psychotherapist, and is currently the Director of Operations at Rape Crisis Scotland. At RCS she leads on developing new Rape Crisis services, delivering training to external agencies including key criminal justice personnel, oversees the national prevention work, as well as working in partnership with external agencies such as Government and the National Health Service to develop trauma informed services and workforce.
Sandie included helpful resources in the last slides of her presentation, which you can download here.