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BRIGHT for EU women’s citizenship rights

Building Rights-based and Innovative Governance for EU mobile citizens

*EU citizens living in another Member State

Countering violence and labour exploitation of women
Violence against migrant women
Women’s Rights


ALDA- European Association of Local Democracy Agencies, Center for Sustainable Communities Development, Center Partnership for Equality (CPE), Council for Agricultural Research and Economics (CREA), LABSUS- Laboratorio per la sussidiarietà


European Commission-DG Justice and Consumers, Intesa Sanpaolo Fund for charitable, social and cultural contributions (cofinancing), Italian Buddhist Union (cofinancing)


Trade unions, Community-based organizations, Employers

Objective of the project

We aim at improving EU citizenship rights awareness and civic and political participation of Romanian and Bulgarian female workers in Southern Italy.

Abstract of the project

The project aims at improving the awareness and exercise of EU citizenship rights among Romanian and Bulgarian female workers in the agricultural sector in Southern Italy. The intervention involves women’s leadership and mediation trainings and rights awareness raising activities and the adoption of Public-Public Partnership Agreements to co- develop new gender-sensitive public services that address women’s needs with local institutions, citizens, mobile workers, employers, unions and third sector associations.

Context analysis

Despite the progress in strengthening citizenship rights of EU mobile citizens, there are still significant gaps in terms EU citizenship rights awareness as well as participation in the European democratic process (Annual Citizenship Report, 2017, EU). Civic awareness and democratic participation among EU mobile citizens is crucial because it has a direct effect on their  wellbeing and on their integration in the host country.  Nonetheless, EU mobile workers, particularly those employed in low-labour standards and low-paid jobs, are usually discouraged to participate in civic and political activities in the host countries because of lack of information and other barriers for their participation.

Puglia, Italy

Calabria, Italy



The project is implemented in 3 EU countries including Italy, Bulgaria, and Romania.

Implementation Period

01/11/2019 - 28/02/2022



  • 8 Bulgarian and Romanian women community leaders 
  • 400 Bulgarian and Romanian women aware of  EU citizenship rights 
  • 60 Bulgarian and Romanian women became Local Labour Mediators 
  • 20 trade unions, employers and citizens and 5 EU local authorities  piloted the Public-Public Agreements (PuPs)


  • 800 Romanian and Bulgarian female EU mobile citizens 
  • 250 national and EU local authorities 
  • National Trade Unions 


Project Strategy


  • Service and user mapping  
  • Reflection-Action circles 
  • Women leadership training  
  • Awareness raising meetings (Romania and Bulgaria)
  • Local Labour Mediators training (Romania and Bulgaria)
  • Capacity building on Public-Public Partnership Agreements (PuPs) 
  • Piloting of PuPs 


  • 80 women take part in the Reflection-Action circles 
  • 8 Bulgarian and Romanian women trained as community leaders 
  • 400 Bulgarian and Romanian women received information on  EU citizenship and labour rights  
  • 60 women trained as Local Labour Mediators 
  • 20 institutional representatives co-design tools for social inclusion and cohesion 
  • 5 european local authorities adopt the Public-Public Partnership Agreements 
  • 800 women benefit from the implementation of 4 gender responsive public services  


  • Women have improved their capacity to take part in decision-making processes  and to represent the needs of their communities
  • Mobile women are satisfied with available services one year after the implementation of  the Public-Public Partnership Agreements (PuPs) 
  • Romanian and Bulgarian female workers improved their awareness of EU citizenship rights, formal and informal channel of employment, services and duty-bearers before their departure
  • Local authorities reached by the project are willing and have increased their capacity to adopt PuPs


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