Preventing Gender Based Sexual Violence against women refugees

The BSAFE project focuses on gender-based violence which continues to affect one in three women globally. In times of conflict the threat significantly increases for women and girls. The dramatic events that unfolded following the invasion of Ukraine forced over 4.5 mil people into displacement in just over a month, making it the largest and fastest refugee movement in Europe since the end of WWII.

This unprecedented displacement is unique in that the majority are women and children and highlighted the unpreparedness of NGOs to protect them against GBV. With the aim to prevent and combat all forms of gender-based violence against vulnerable women, the project BSAFE brings together organisations from 3 countries at the forefront of the current refugee crisis, Slovakia, Poland and Czech Republic. It will develop a safety net to prevent all forms of abuse from happening and protect direct or indirect victims of such abuse.


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Project partners:


Persefona o.s.


Cirkevní organizace

Obcianske zdruzenie

Diecézní charita Brno

Společnost Podané ruce o.p.s.

Project Peer2Peer

Strengthening Peers' Involvement in Outreach Work

The Peer2Peer Project (2018-2021), coordinated by the Portuguese APDES and co-funded by the European Commission, involved nine European partners. The project aimed to increase the effectiveness of organizations that work through outreach methods with PWUD by involving peers in the implementation of their activities. The aim was also to improve cooperation between peers, outreach workers, small dealers and law enforcement representatives.

Peer work is one of the most effective forms of interventions in working with people who use drugs, as confirmed by research and evaluation. Education, prevention and outreach activities carried out by trained peers themselves in the community make it possible to establish relationships and trust.

In the Project, different research institutions working in the field of social intervention and advocacy – from Portugal, Belgium, the Netherlands, Poland, Greece and Lithuania – developed qualitative research on formal and informal collaboration between key actors of interventions. These activities allowed the development of recommendations for good practices and common methods for integrating peers into teams.

The project also included an advocacy strategy to improve collaboration and practice by bringing the topic on political agendas and by promoting the implementation of evidence-based strategies at national and European level.

Project partners were: Regenboog Groep (HL), Free Clinic (BL), EHRA (LT), PREKURSOR (PL), PRAKSIS (GR), RRF (HU), ASUD (FR) and University of Porto (PT).

Project partners:





Eurasian Harm Reductio Association

De Regenboog Groep

Free Clinic

Rights Report Foundation

Project Gruntvig

APDES was the coordinator of the Grundtvig learning partnership “Empowerment through non-formal education: Experiences and impacts with vulnerable individuals, groups and communities”(2012-2014).

The goal of this partnership – which involved organisations from 4 countries (Italy, Poland, Portugal and United Kingdom) – was to share experiences and methodologies to empower vulnerable individuals (financially excluded people, poor communities, unemployed individuals, people who use drugs, sex workers, etc.). The final product of this partnership was a recommendations manual.

Project partners:

Citizens Advice Liverpool

APDES - Agência Piaget para o Desenvolvimento

L'Associazione San Benedetto Onlus

L'Associazione San Benedetto Onlus