FOMEN's objectives

  • To gain an insight into the gendered impacts of the refugee crisis in Europe.
  • To develop gender-sensitive prevention services.
  • To improve existing services.
  • To motivate male migrants and refugees to become allies in gender equality through role-model approaches.
  • To improve the understanding of EU regulations to reduce conflicts in knowledge related to gender-based violence.
  • To improve the health and well-being of victims by promoting emotional regulation in men* and helping them build social relations.
  • To prevent violence.
  • To highlight to the public, as well as local/national authorities, the need for a gender-sensitive approach to violence prevention.
  • To improve the cross-over between migration/intercultural education, gender/masculinity, and violence prevention.

Intervention Program

FOMEN’s intervention / education program aims to work with male migrants and refugees in form of dialogue-oriented seminars, to encourage but also challenge their reflection on the topics of gender roles, self-care, social relations, violence prevention and caring masculinities. These workshops will be held in several languages with interpreters and conducted through culturally sensitive methods.

Capacity Building Program

FOMEN is offering Capacity Building Programs for professionals who are working in the field of migration, gender-based-violence prevention and gender & masculinities. These workshops aim to improve skills, competences and knowledge of professionals based on gender sensitive and violence-preventive work with male migrants and refugees.

Other Goals

FOMEN is working towards the following expected project results:

  • Improve health and well-being through awareness raise on gender equality, women’s, and children’s rights as well as techniques on handling emotions and building social relations
  • Learning through shared experiences
  • Strengthening the process of social inclusion and cohesion in the EU
  • Create awareness for gender sensibility and alternatives to violence amongst marginalised groups and implement effective participatory programs for male migrants and refugees through dialogue, active exchange, open discussion, and ownership.
  • Exchange best practice approaches in gender sensitive preventive work with men
  • Create spaces for critical reflection on traditional gender roles and masculinities.
  • Provide authorities who are involved in FOMEN with deeper knowledge, recent data, new approaches and methods of intervention and a wider range of field related networks.
  • Contribute to an academic understanding of gender-sensitive approaches in working with men with international history through an intersectional lens.

Last changed: 18.06.2020