Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have become essential actors in the social field, and play a crucial role in the fight to protect human rights worldwide. They engage in regular dialogue with public authorities with a view to ensuring better implementation of EU initiatives and policies in the EU countries. But do their actions actually follow human rights principles?
How familiar are those working for NGOs in different EU countries with human rights issues? Is honour violence one of these? What kind of training have they received and is their knowledge still up to date?
While trying to find the answers to questions like the above, the need for a European programme emerged. A programme attending to answer to all these issues and connect different actors in many EU countries brought together the partnership of Fatima project “FATIMA - Preventing Honour Related Violence by education and dialogue through Immigrant NGOs”.
The project aims to increase the capacity within immigrants NGOs by training people from immigrant NGOs on European Conventions on Human Rights and equipping them with training materials in human rights and rights of women and children. At initial stage of the project, an interview questionnaire was developed, in order to carry out a cross – sectional study on NGOs views and experiences on Human rights and Honour Related Violence.
The objective is not only to measure organizational awareness, understanding and acceptance of the Universal Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and of Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief at international, national and local levels, but also to identify the training needs that will help NGOs function more effectively and become sustainable. More than 150 questionnaire have been distributed among immigrant NGOs in Sweden, Portugal, United Kingdom and Greece. Based on the questionnaire results, awareness raising workshops will be organized and NGOs training on human rights will followed up. 15 NGOs in each participating country can take part in usage of the training material with focus on women and children rights in order to combat Honour Related Violence. The project “FATIMA - Preventing Honour Related Violence by education and dialogue through Immigrant NGOs”, is being coordinated by FOLKUNIVERSITETET with the participation of partner organizations from the four (4) European Countries. Its purpose, is to prevent violence linked to so-called harmful practices defined as honour related violence which include female genital mutilation, forced or early marriage or forced sexual relationships, honour crimes committed against women, young people and children by training people from immigrant NGOs and equipping them with training materials in human rights and rights of women and children. NGOs are welcome to participate in the training.