Invitation to complete a questionnaire on gender-based violence among migrants/refugees

During this period, ICAR Foundation carries out the data collection/research activity at national level, by applying questionnaires both among refugees/migrants and among specialists from public authorities/non-governmental organisations with responsibilities in the field of migration/violence.

In this regard, we invite you to contribute to the research carried out within the EVA IRFAM project – There is Hidden Violence Affecting Migrant Women and to answer some questions about your experience working with migrants/refugees, focusing on gender-based violence.

The online completion of the questionnaire addressed to the specialists from the public authorities/non-governmental organisations can be done by clicking here.

The questionnaire is only available in Romanian.

The completion time of the questionnaire is estimated to be between 10 and 15 minutes.

We would be grateful if you could complete it by May 16, 2022.


Violence is a violation of human rights!

Violence against women and girls exists in all countries and at all levels of society. Each state has a fundamental human rights responsibility to provide protection against this type of violence. This is not a private matter.

ICAR Foundation, which runs the EVA IRFAM project (There is Hidden Violence Affecting Migrant Women) has joined, since 2021, The Network for Preventing and Combating Violence against Women, in the firm condemnation of all forms of violence against girls and women.

The Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence calls on the signatory states to implement comprehensive and coordinated policies against this type of violence. The rights of survivors must be in the center of all measures. The work of civil society must be encouraged and supported. It is very important that the authorities formulate and implement specific policies and strategies to protect and help the survivors of gender-based violence.

ICAR Foundation aims to increase awareness of migrant women/young migrants on the ways of action in cases of GBV and the reduction of the tolerance toward GBV acts in the community.


„Migrants and Gender-Based Violence” Webinar

On December 10, 2021, with the occasion of the International Human Rights Day, ICAR Foundation organised the webinar with „Migrants and Gender-Based Violence” theme, an event that aimed to sound the alarm about this phenomenon, in which women, girls, children and young people are falling victim.

The event took place on the last day of the ‘Orange the World’ campaign, in the context in which ICAR Foundation is running a project (EVA IRFAM – There is Hidden Violence Among Migrant Women) that addresses cases of gender-based violence among migrants.

Experts in the field took the floor in the webinar: Nora Sveaass, clinical psychologist and HHRI president (Mental Health and Human Rights Info) – Norvegia, Dr. Diddy Mymin Kahn – Co-founder and director of Kuchinate, African Refugee Women’s Collective – Israel and Lia Faur, professor of Romanian language and civilization at El Manar University in Tunis. The event was moderated by Dr. Camelia Doru – Project coordinator and President of ICAR Foundation.

The project is carried out by ICAR Foundation in partnership with Health and Human Rights Info, with the financial support of Active Citizens Fund Romania, program financed by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Grants 2014-2021. The aim of the project is to increase the capacity of women, young people and LGBTIQ migrants/refugees to recognize and get out of GBV situations thanks to the support services, awareness campaign and training of specialists from public institutions at national level in identifying, intervening, and preventing GBV and the development of ICAR Foundation as a resource center on GBV by conducting the first research report on GBV on refugees in Romania and developing a work guide for specialists.


Psychological services

Within our EVA IRFAM – There is Hidden Violence Affecting Migrant Women project, the migrants we work with benefit, free of charge, from psychological support either through counseling sessions or support groups.


Psychological counseling is offered, upon request, to those people who want psychological support / intervention. The main purpose of psychological counseling sessions is to prevent or alleviate the psycho-emotional traumatic consequences of abuse.


The support groups have the role of providing participants with a safe space in which to discuss their feelings and needs. Special emphasis will be placed on increasing the capacity of migrant / refugee women and girls and LGBTIQ people to know their rights in GBV situations and to access their rights in relation to public authorities / community / family space. 

In both types of activities / services, emphasis will be placed on supporting and encouraging participants to reflect on their personal situations and their position within social structures (family, community, country).


The main beneficiaries of counseling activities and support groups are migrant / refugee women and LGBTQI people, as well as young migrants.


What is the meaning of gender-based violence?

Gender-based violence is a phenomenon deeply rooted in gender inequality and represents one of the most notable human rights violations. Gender-based violence has been defined by CEDAW Committee as that type of violence that is targeting a person based on gender or sex. It includes acts that cause physical, mental or sexual harm or suffering, the threat of such acts, constraint and other forms of deprivation of liberty.

Although both women and men can be victims of gender-based violence, it was determined that the majority of victims are women and girls. It should also be noted that sexual violence, including exploitation and abuse, is a form of gender-based violence.

Gender-based actions have serious consequences, including:

  • Impaired mental health could cause PTSD, anxiety and depression;

  • Social exclusion, suicide and the killings of girls and women, inflicted by members of the community, caused by the fact that women do not report abuse for different reasons;

  • Unwanted pregnancies and infection with diseases, including HIV, etc.


Related to migrants, it was observed that there is little data / evidence about acts of gender-based violence in Europe. However, some studies that included respondents in this category of people showed that some of them had been victimized, while others had friends / colleagues who had experienced one of the forms of gender-based violence. The main violent experiences that were reported included sexual violence, including rape and sexual exploitation, while the main perpetrators were either partners / former partners, asylum staff or other European citizens.


EVA IRFAM Project Launch

ICAR Foundation, in partnership with MHHRI (Mental Health and Human Rights Info, Oslo – Norway), is happy to announce the launch of EVA IRFAM, a project dedicated to researching and raising awareness around gender-based violence (GBV) affecting migrant women.


EVA IRFAM is the first project in Romania to address this complex and little-known phenomenon.


Our purpose for the next two years is to offer social, medical, psychological and legal support to victims of GBV. We will also organize workshops and focus groups designed to shift the perception of participants on this matter and to inform migrant women on their rights and the services they can access if they are victims or at risk of GBV.


With the help and expertise of our Norwegian partner, ICAR will offer capacity building workshops to specialists working in government institutions, aimed at improving their approach on this issue, by changing discriminatory attitudes and creating GBV guidelines.


On the 12th of May, Wednesday, from 10:30-12:00 Romania time, we will hold the online launch event for the project with the stakeholders involved. If you are interested in this topic and would like to join us, please send an email at .