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Anti-LGBT hate crime project receives EU grant

September 2nd 2016

The project of the University of Brescia (Italy) and Lambda Warsaw (Poland) ’Come Forward: Empowering and Supporting Victims of Anti-LGBT Hate Crimes’ will be co-financed by the European Commission. The project will be developed within the framework of the programme Rights, Equality and Citizenship 2014-2020.

Purpose of the Project

The issue of anti-LGBT hate crime has increasingly been recognised by international organizations, as well as many governments across Europe, but, despite this, trans-border efforts to tackle this phenomenon are yet to be cohesively developed. In order to successfully combat it, an effective multi-agency response, addressing both underreporting and the provision of accessible victim support services, is needed. “Come Forward” will fill this gap’ - said Piotr Godzisz from Lambda Warsaw, the Scientific Leader in the project.

Content of the Project

The project, which will start in December 2016 and last for 24 months, focuses on the issue of anti-LGBT hate crime through a mix of different objectives, such as increasing the number of dedicated front line reporting centres by building capacity of civil society and official partners on local and national levels, improving the access to specialised support by building capacity of victim support service providers, sharing good practices, strengthening cross-border and multi-agency partnerships, and raising awareness and empowering victims.

Project Partners

The project will be developed by a consortium encompassing 22 partners from 11 different European countries.

Four Members of Equinet are part of the consortium:
the Office for the Commission of Human Rights in Poland, the Institute for the Equality of Women and Men and the Interfederal Centre for Equal Opportunities in Belgium and the Greek Ombudsman in Greece.

Other consortium members are:
University of Brescia (Italy), Lambda Warsaw (Poland), Çavaria (Belgium), Bilitis (Bulgaria), GLAS (Bulgaria), Zagreb Pride (Croatia), Praksis (Greece), Colour Youth (Greece), Háttér (Hungary), LGL (Lithuania), GES (Spain), University of Girona (Spain), Galop (United Kingdom), Avvocatura per i Diritti LGBTI (Italy), TGEU (Germany), ILGA Europe (Belgium), Human Rights House (Croatia), Human Rights Monitoring Institute (Lithuania) and Bulgarian Lawyers for Human Rights (Bulgaria)

Find more information about the project here