About

The Immigrant Council of Ireland
The Immigrant Council of Ireland (ICI) is an organisation where migrant and Irish people work together to provide information, support and legal advice to immigrants and their families. Central to the ICI’s work is the provision of information to migrants and their families about their rights and entitlements in Ireland in order to support them in navigating the immigration system. The ICI’s Information and Referral Service deals with more than 10,000 enquiries from migrants and Irish people each year. Another crucial area of work is carried out by the Legal Team. The ICI is the only NGO in the immigration sector to have the status of Independent Law Centre. This allows the ICI to provide legal representation to clients as well as doing important legal policy and lobbying work. Cases are taken on when they are of strategic importance and may result in legislative or procedural change, or when the client is particularly vulnerable, for example, a victim of human rights abuses in Ireland such as exploitation as a victim of trafficking. The scope of the ICI’s work has expanded over the past decade. The organisations’ expertise has been sought for a number of European-projects; ground-breaking research in a number of crucial fields has been undertaken and has helped shape public policies and discourse. The ICI is very active in lobbying for legislative and policy reforms and has contributed to some very significant reforms, as well as to attitudinal change and improved understanding of issues facing migrants in Ireland. www.immigrantcouncil.ie

Bulgarian Gender Research Foundation
The BGRF works since its inception in 1998 on research, awareness raising, education , monitoring and proposing legislation and policy in the field of gender equality and protection of women against violence in all its forms – domestic violence, trafficking in women, sexual harassment at the workplace, etc The BGRF has participated in the elaboration of the Anti- Trafficking law in Bulgaria in 2003- 2004 and in the elaboration of the National Coordination mechanism for protection of trafficking victims within the National Commission for combating trafficking in Human Beings in the period 2007- 2009. The BGRF is member of the Steering Group with consultative functions to the Commission. Currently the BGRF is the partner of the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee for the project of FRA and EIGE on Legal and social research on human rights and gender equality in Bulgaria. The BGRF implements research on selected gender topics required by EIGE/ FRA since 2012. http://www.bgrf.org

Klaipeda Social and Psychological Services Center (Lithuania)
Klaipeda Social and Psychological Services Center’s vision is to have women, children, and families socially and psychologically safe in a spiritually harmonious society. In order to meet the social security and mental health needs of children, youth, women, and families we provide professional staff and volunteers. In addition, we raise civil responsibility and encourage communal life habits. We work in cooperation with National and international NGO’s, along with the Department of Social Support at Klaipeda Municipality. http://www.moteriai.lt/en/apie-mus

Monika – Multicultural Women’s Association, Finland
Monika – Multicultural Women’s Association in Finland operates as the umbrella organization for several associations for women of ethnic minorities. We support efforts to enhance cultural tolerance and promote a safe everyday life for everyone. We support the well being of migrant women in different forms. We encourage migrant women to participate actively in social issues and we provide services and guidance to victims of domestic violence. Further, we actively lobby decision makers and provide training to social and health professionals. The Association has an expert role in addressing issues around multiculturalism, ethnic relations, empowerment, social integration as well as violence towards migrant women. Monika – Multicultural Women’s Association in Finland was established in 1998. The headquarters are located in Sörnäinen, Helsinki. Two other units of the Association, the Multicultural Women’s House (MoniNaisten Talo) and the Resource Center (Voimavarakeskus) for victims of violence are both located at the same address. www.monikanaiset.fi

The Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies, Cyprus
The Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS) is a non-profit organisation which promotes and contributes to projects of social, political, and economic themes relating to gender with an emphasis on the Mediterranean region. The Institute recognises the multilayered levels of discrimination against women and accepts that this discrimination takes different forms. It is committed to the elimination of this discrimination using a combination of research, advocacy and lobbying, as well as trainings, conferences, and other activities. Thus, MIGS aims to act as a main contributor to the intellectual, political, and socio-political life of the region as this relates to issues of gender and to do so using a multidisciplinary approach and in collaboration with other institutions. MIGS is closely affiliated to the University of Nicosia, the largest academic institution in Cyprus.  http://www.medinstgenderstudies.org