violenza di genere

WE GO 2 against violence

Building economic independence: the way out of intimate partner violence

Women's economic empowerment
Women’s Rights


Center for Sustainable Communities Development, Institute for Social Research (IRS), Rel.Azioni Positive Cooperative, SURT Foundation , Women's Center of Karditsa (WCK)


European Commission- DG Justice and Consumers


Anti-violence centers, Public institutions, Private sector

Objective of the project

We want to strengthen the economic empowerment of women who survived domestic violence by improving local, national and European support systems and promoting best practices and public-private cooperation in 4 EU countries.

Abstract of the project

The project foresees various activities including: strengthening women’s networking and employability skills; capacity building of professionals and volunteers working in Antiviolence Centres – (AVCs), NGOs and other actors working directly with women; awareness raising and direct support to businesses, employers and employees; and building sustainable multi-stakeholder networks that respond and support women survivors of violence

Context analysis

According to the 2014 European Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) Survey, Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) is a widespread problem affecting nearly one in four women (22%) in the European Union. A large percentage of women suffering domestic violence is economically dependent on the partner and therefore cannot break the abusive and violent relationship. This is linked to the fact that women remain under-represented among the labour force and the business leadership despite the increasing recognition of the importance of female entrepreneurship. Finally, the limited coordination and transnational exchange of practices among Antiviolence Centres – (AVCs), NGOs and other actors working directly with women affect the creation of a sustainable multi-stakeholder network. 





The project is implemented in 4 EU countries including Italy (Milan, Padua, Bologna), Bulgaria (Sofia), Greece (Karditsa), and Spain (Barcellona).

Implementation Period

01/12/2018 - 31/03/2021



  • 100 Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) women survivors
  • 120 professionals professionals and volunteers of specialised services 
  • 80 companies and their employers


  • Women assisted by the 8 anti-violence centers targeted by the project
  • Professionals, policy and decision makers at local, national and EU levels
  • 350.000 EU citizens reached by project communication activities  

Project Strategy


  • Knowledge exchange activities
  • Training for anti-violence professionals and volunteers
  • Training for employers and employees
  • Network development plans for AVCs
  • Development of women’s  Individualised Social Relationship Plans and Career Programs 
  • Impact evaluation
  • Project communication and outreach activities


  • Local Protocols to facilitate the social and labour inclusion of women developed
  • Libellula Certification process improved
  • Anti-violence centers operators, corporate employers and staff enrolled in training activities
  • Anti-violence centers supported in developing their networks
  • Women received individualized career programmes and job matching plans


  • 100 IPV women survivors will be supported to enter the labour market
  • 100 IPV women survivors will have improved social skills and networks 
  • 120 professionals will have increased knowledge and capacity
  • 8 anti-violence centers will offer better quality services for assisted women
  • 80 companies and their employers will be  more aware of GBV related issues
  • Professionals, civil sociaty organizations, policy makers and decision makers from 27 EU Member States will benefit from project’s know how, deliverables and outputs



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