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Certainly Mom UNION OF WOMEN MEMBERS ASSOCIATIONS OF HERAKLION PREFECTURE Heraklion Crete, 23-24 July 2013 Slide 2 Overview of existing situation - Support Services for women victims of domestic violence in Greece (National Level) Presentation of the Union of Women Members Associations of Heraklion Prefecture Implementation of actions and added value of CERTAINLY MOM Project for the Union Slide 3 Only 48.9% of women aged between 15 and 64 are employed and the situation has worsened due to crisis The unemployment rate for women is 15.7%, 9.7% for men (June 2010) and has dramatically increased (approx. 25%) Women are paid 78% of men's salaries The degradation of household incomes (due to crisis) inflicted more single parented families Only 17.3% of Greek Parliamentarians are women Domestic violence is overwhelmingly exercised by men against women Forty victims of domestic violence murdered over the last three years Women's Status in Greece Slide 4 Support Services for women victims of domestic violence in Greece General Secretariat for Gender Equality (GSGE) (http://www.isotita.gr/en/ General Secretariat for Gender Equality (GSGE) (http://www.isotita.gr/en/), an independent statutory body, is Greeces primary state agency responsible for matters relating to domestic violence.http://www.isotita.gr/en/ Coordinates actions of local entities at national level (public & private bodies) on domestic violence dissemination and prevention activities Operates two Consultation Centers for Violence against Women in Athens and Piraeus. Research Centre for Gender Equality (KETHI) Supervises branches of the Research Centre for Gender Equality (KETHI) in Athens, Thessaloniki, Patra, Heraklion and Volos Goal: Substantive Gender Equality 2010 2013 http://www.isotita.gr/en/var/uploads/HOME%20PAGE/NATIONAL_PROGRAMME_GENDER_EQUALITY_2010_2013.pdf Slide 5 35 Counseling Centers and other structures provide shelter and other forms of assistance to victims of domestic violence in various locations throughout Greece One national womens helpline (Helpline 15900) with services to women survivors of violence, free of charge, 24 hours/seven days a week operated by the General Secretariat for Gender Equality Another free of charge 24 hours national helpline 197, operated by the National Centre for Social Solidarity and available for all citizens with all kinds of problems One regional helpline operated by NGOs, providing special service to women survivors of violence Further four regional helplines are addressing various issues Slide 6 National aims and objectives The development and operation of : a National SOS Helpline 15 GSGE's Counseling Centers (existing and new) 25 new Counseling Centers for Violence against Women in different Municipalities of Greece 19 Shelters for abused women and their children in different Municipalities of Greece the 2 Shelters of the National Centre for Social Solidarity in Athens and Thessaloniki Slide 7 The improvement of institutions, (actions and legal intervention on Gender Mainstreaming), The expansion & integration of network of counseling centers (35) The adaptation of gender equality issues in order to satisfy specific market needs (promotion of third sector of economy, women entrepreneurship ) Civil society (NGOs) need to reply to the current social reality (on gender issues), so as to organize effective self -help communities at local level Civil society (NGOs) need to reply to the current social reality (on gender issues), so as to organize effective self -help communities at local level Slide 8 Slide 9 HISTORY A Dream that came true In our city, a "handful" of sensitized women - of the Union of Women Members Associations of Heraklion Prefecture being aware of the size of the problem of violence, as well as its insufficient approach, aimed at the foundation of a Shelter where assaulted women and children could find comfort. The materialization of this dream was possible four years later, when the basic problems had been solved, including the acquisition of a home and the securing of guests' nourishment, through the offers of the Municipality of Heraklion and Venizeleion Peripheral Hospital. Today, the Union is a Voluntary, Non Governmental Organization, that supports this "lifes project", which started in summer of year 2000. Staffed by expert personnel and volunteers, it offers a network of services that aim at helping violence victims, when they are in crisis or under high emotional stress. Being confident that the State will hear the sob of a society that awaits to find justification, hoping that there will be no more gray zones in peoples consciences, we will continue as a voluntary team to try, using every possible strength, to contribute to the improvement of the quality of life of our fellow beings in need. THE PRESIDENT PAHIADAKI MARY Mrs. Pahiadaki Mary, awarded by the President of Greece, Karolos Papoulias Slide 10 Established in 2000 at Heraklion, Crete Non-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO) and a certified social service provider Consists of 70 members Recognized by the National General Secretariat for Gender Equality Official social partner of Heraklion Municipality and of Crete regional administration Its actions are spread all over the Heraklion Prefecture and the island of Crete UNION OF WOMEN MEMBERS ASSOCIATIONS OF HERAKLION PREFECTURE SHELTER FOR THE ABUSED WOMEN AND CHILDREN HOUSE OF ANGELS - S.O.S. LINE 801-11-16000 Slide 11 Aims of the Union To promote gender issues at local level To offer hope and comfort to women and their children at times of risk and despair To upgrade and protect the position of women in society To enhance the role of women-mothers in the family To support human rights and promote social culture Slide 12 The creation of the HOUSE OF ANGELS, which is in building phase, is an organized structure for the direct and holistic approach of children (accommodation & protection) of 0-6 years old, who have been abandoned by their parents and are neglected. It is an innovative goal, since there is a lack of a framework for support and dealing with such incidents in Heraklion Our Dream Slide 13 Ongoing Projects S.O.S Helpline for abused women (801-11-16000) Counseling Center for abused women Shelter for abused women and children Actions for woman abuse prevention and protection Participation in European Projects Website: www.kakopoiisi.grwww.kakopoiisi.gr Slide 14 S.O.S Line - Line of Hope, 801-11-16000, functions in a daily basis from 9.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m., free of charge, covering whole Crete and the surrounding islands Women-victims or their relatives have the chance to receive information, regarding the existence and operation of the Shelter, the Counseling Center and, what is more, for the actions they can undertake in order to deal with violence HOPE LINE to receive and offer help Slide 15 Provides assistance through qualified personnel to disadvantaged groups via personal interviews, psychological support and legal advisory Informs women of the existence of the Shelter, of the opportunity of hospitality when in crisis and of the various services being provided Offers practical training to young students of social sciences and the humanities Trains volunteers social scientists to help victims of violence and be closely acquainted with the Unions work and philosophy Counseling Center Slide 16 Shelter for abused women and children Hospitality and protection (sleep, clothing, transport expenses inside or outside Crete, if necessary) to abused women and children of all social classes, of different cultures and educational levels Medical and clinical support Psychological support & counseling (psychologists / social workers) Qualified experts advisory, specialized in legal issues on violence Labor Market integration support Slide 17 TARGET GROUP Abused women and children, ethnic minorities, immigrant women, homeless, single parent families mainly headed by a woman, isolated elderly people Profile: 250 women/year, (18-45), most of them are married mothers, unemployed, of lower education Slide 18 Screening / Assessment Planning Direct Service Coordination Monitoring & Review Case closure & Follow-up Evaluation METHODOLOGY OF WORK Our organization adopts a holistic, non-discriminatory approach to vulnerable groups and provides specialized support that involves care actions and preventive measures Slide 19 CONDUCTORS / OPERATORS Qualified, trained & appropriately skilled personnel & volunteers: o Graduates of advanced degree programs often in humanitarian sciences (psychologists, sociologists), pedagogical & educational sciences, medicine, legal science, social work, engineering & communications o Well-traveled & multilingual, having worked, lived, or studied in international destinations o Highly motivated, often volunteering for long periods, or voluntarily working in harsh conditions o Dedicated to the people they are serving & to their NGO Slide 20 Actions for woman abuse prevention and protection Slide 21 Continuous dialogue with the Ministries of Justice, Health, Labor and other authorities with questions and proposals on gender violence Organization of awareness raising lectures for students (of secondary, technical, higher education), associations, schools, hospitals, police stations, local authorities Consultation partners with the General Secretariat for Gender Equality Slide 22 Attendance at congresses, conferences and meetings dealing with gender violence as a social phenomenon and human rights Organization of events and placing notices in the press every 25th of November (International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women) and at the International Womens and Mothers Day Book signing on abuse or issues regarding Women and Culture Organization of charity events aiming to raise funds in support for abused women and children Slide 23 Informati