What is FOMEN?

FOMEN is a 2 year project which runs from September 2019 until August 2021. The project’s focus is on innovative approaches to preventing gender-based violence amongst male migrants.

Our work?

The project team, based in 6 countries, will develop quality standards for violence-prevention programmes based on this work with male refugees and migrants. The project will work with both primary and secondary prevention methods; primary level services towards migrants will be targeted and if risk groups are identified as needing secondary level prevention approaches, this will be highlighted. National workshops will be held with professionals experienced in the three topics (gender/masculinity, migration/intercultural education and violence prevention). These workshops will provide professionals with the chance to discuss aproaches to the issue and to highlight the most critical needs. The results of these workshops will be used to further the project objectives.

The objectives?

  • An insight into the gendered impacts of the refugee crisis in Europe.
  • To develop gender-sensitive prevention services.
  • To improve existing services.
  • To address the fact that migration can create conflict between knowledge related to gender-based violence.
  • To improve the health and well-being of victims through a greater awareness of handling emotions and building social relations.
  • Violence prevention.
  • To highlight to the public, as well as local/national authorities, the need for a gender-sensitive approach to violence prevention.
  • To improve the cross-over between migration/intercultural education,

The partners?

  1. Verein für Männer- und Geschlechterthemen Steiermark (VMG), Austria, Lead Partner
  2. Society for Psychological Assistance (SPA), Croatia
  3. Associació Conexus: atenció, formació i investigació psicosocials (CONEXUS), Spain
  4. Symbiosis Astikis mi Kerdoskopiki Etaireia (SYMBIOSIS), Greece
  5. Centro di Ascolto Uomini Maltrattanti (CAM), Italy
  6. Work With Perpetrators European Network (WWP EN), Germany

Why is this project important?

The world is currently facing many streams of migration and the worst forced displacement since Second World War. The displacement and breakdown of social structures that are results of flight from war and conflict challenge traditional gender relations, social norms and ties. This makes refugees vulnerable to further violence and discrimination. Studies show that displaced women and girls have faced multiple forms of violence as a result of conflict, persecution and displacement. Additionally, men and boys suffer violence in countries of crisis and asylum, especially at the hands of men. FOMEN therefore deals with the issue of how these experiences collide with gender norms (with a strong focus on diverse concepts of masculinity).

Expected results?

  • Improvement of health and well-being of victims of gender-based violence through a greater awareness of: how to handle emotions and build social relations; gender equality; women’s and children’s rights.
  • Learning through shared experiences.
  • Strengthening the process of social inclusion and cohesion in the EU.
  • Effective violence prevention amongst the marginalised, but highly important, group of male migrants and refugees.
  • An exchange of best practice approaches in gender-reflective violence prevention.
  • Direct interaction with 180-240 male migrants and an influence on the social environments of the participating men.
  • A critical reflection of traditional men’s roles.
  • Authorities involved in FOMEN will gain deeper knowledge, recent data, learn new approaches and methods of intervention and deepen their field related networks.
  • Contributing to an academic understanding of intersectionality and gender-based violence as well as providing new data on the matter.

Last changed: 05.09.2019