Medical personnel conduct exams with internally displaced Afghans living at temporary shelters in Kabul, Afghanistan, in September 2021| Photo: EPA/Stringer
Medical personnel conduct exams with internally displaced Afghans living at temporary shelters in Kabul, Afghanistan, in September 2021| Photo: EPA/Stringer

An Italian women's rights organization and the UNHCR highlight a multilingual resource to support migrant and refugee women who have suffered violence.

On Human Rights Day (December 10), the project 'Leaving violence.Living safe' -- created by the Italian association Women on the Web Against Violence (D.i.Re) in partnership with UN refugee agency UNHCR -- released a statement drawing attention to its resources for migrant women who have experienced violence.

Chiara Cardoletti, UNHCR representative for Italy, the Holy See and San Marino, said violence suffered by women asylum seekers and refugees is "not only invisible but also extremely pervasive."

Help for migrants and refugee women in 31 languages

The Leaving Violence project's website provides a list of cultural mediators trained specifically in supporting women asylum seekers and refugees who have survived violence, available at this link. The site lists mediators in 31 languages, including Kurdish, Bangla, Arabic, Russian, Spanish and French.

UNHCR representative Cardoletti said that "adequately trained cultural mediators" were essential in supporting violence and abuse survivors.

"In the new Italian national anti-violence plan, the importance of cultural mediators was highlighted for supporting migrant women asylum seekers and refugees in finding ways to escape violence. This important recognition must be implemented with dedicated resources also in the government's operational plan, which will be prepared by the Department for Equal Opportunities," Cardoletti said.

Project to help survivors of violence, abuse

The project 'Leaving violence.Living safe' seeks to help women who fled violence in their home country, who were subjected to abuse on their migration journeys or who are facing violence and abuse in Italy -- the goal is to address the specific needs of survivors of sexual abuse or gender-specific violence.

According to organizers, 395 women have been assisted by the project since it was founded in 2018 -- 75 of them between January to October 2021.

 

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