For the past three years W.O.M.E.N in Iceland has participated in a collaborative project forming the The Rede de Pares Network. We were asked to participate through an Open Call#4 ‘Projects to improve the protection of victims of violence against women and domestic violence, promoted by ISPA – APPsyCI, funded by the EAA Grants.
Organization like ours from Iceland (being one of the sponsoring countries) are asked to take on a role limited in scope related to shared dialogue training and the opportunity for shared practices in the civil action area. This project was operated by the Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality (IIC), in a partnership between the university and the community, aimed at promoting social justice and the best articulation of systems to respond to violence against women.
The project has four partners, local and community-based associations in Portugal dedicated to
supporting migrant, older and rural women, who act in a logic of proximity, have a fundamental role
in the identification of these women: the Cabo-Verdiana Association of Setúbal, Casa do Brasil de
Lisboa and Taipa in Portugal and WOMEN of Iceland.
The EEA Grants are a multiannual financial mechanism representing the contribution of Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway to reducing disparities in the European Economic Area (EEA) and strengthening bilateral relations with 15 EU countries located in Central and Southern Europe and with greater deviations from the European average gross domestic product per capita. The EEA Grants also contribute to strengthening Europe’s core values such as democracy, tolerance, and the rule of law.
This is a project that aims to generate new opportunities for survivors of violence in its various
manifestations, including domestic violence, gender violence, harassment and/or discrimination.
The Rede de Pares aims to empower and facilitate the civic participation of these women through
the creation of a Peer Network – an innovative tool for the intervention and prevention of Gender
Peer groups bring together women survivors of violence who want to make their views on how to
develop and implement best practices, policies, and services more visible – supporting them to
become self-representatives, and to be able, through their experiences, to transform the political,
and social system and eradicate violence against women. Additional information about the project
available here: https://redepares.eu/en
The final project conference was held September 9th and 10th at Ispa- University Insititute in
Portugal under the heading „Gender violence, activism and leadership “. Nichole Leigh Mosty,
participated via Zoom in two panels on behalf of W.O.M.E.N in Iceland. The presentation slides are
readily made available here below.