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Applying a Community Based Participatory Research Approach, Senperforto aims to enhance the prevention of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in the European Reception and Asylum sector by the development of a European Frame of Reference for Prevention of SGBV in this sector. In 2010 we first conducted a Knowledge, Attitude and Practice (KAP) Survey on SGBV experience, prevention and response among both professionals and young asylum seeking residents in different reception facilities in each of the 8 partner countries

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REPLACE was a 12 month Daphne III funded project, aiming to contribute to efforts to end female genital mutilation (FGM) across the EU among practicing communities.
The Replace II project follows on from this pilot project and was launched March 18th 2013.

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A large proportion of HIV infected persons - ranging from an estimated 15% to over 50% in EU countries - are unaware of their infection, and therefore do not benefit from treatment and may transmit HIV to others, unknowingly. There is evidence that many opportunities are being missed to diagnose HIV infections in EU countries, particularly in health care settings. ECDC has commissioned ICRH to carry out a study on HIV testing policies, practices and barriers to HIV testing in the EU Member States.

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This project aimed at disseminated results of former Daphne projects on female genital mutilation, in order to strengthen the existing European Network for the Prevention of FGM.

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OBJECTIVES

•To research sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) against refugee women and girls in Europe in a participatory way
•To develop a prevention tool which can be used by refugees, asylum seekers and undocumented migrants in Europe
•To raise awareness about SGBV against refugees among the general European public
•To empower refugee women and girls and to involve men equally

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OBJECTIVES
•To set up a network for the Promotion of the Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights of Refugees and Asylum Seekers among different stakeholders involved in SRH for refugees and asylum seekers
•To gradually expand the coverage by the network of the EU area to at least 13 EU Member States
•To develop a framework for the identification of good practices in SRH policy development for refugees and asylum seekers, SRH services for refugees and asylum seekers and participatory approach of SRH of refugees and asylum seekers
•To set a common research agenda on SRH of refugees and asylum seekers in the EU
•To organise an international seminar on SRH of refugees and asylum seekers in the EU
•To publish and disseminate the project results

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The project aims to assess violence related factors that may influence pregnant women’s fear of childbirth and how this affects the mode of delivery, in order to improve antenatal care and maternity services.

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This project provided the European Commission with background information on female genital mutilation and with some recommendations to tackle this harmful traditional practice.

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