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ItalyDAFNE Women on the way

A project to reintegrate women victims of violence into the social and work fabric through a guidance service and an experimental intervention to teach floriculture and horticulture.
  • Placeprovince of Massa-Carrara
  • PartnerCIF Carrara
  • Beneficiaries12 center volunteers and about 200 women welcomed
  • Period2018 – ongoing
  • Budget30.000€

The context

The CIF (Italian Women’s Center) of Carrara operates in the territory of the province of Massa-Carrara in Tuscany in the fight against gender violence, a phenomenon that is unfortunately growing and affecting mainly Italian women. The services present in the area, such as the Anti-Violence Center “Donna chiama donna” in Carrara and the Anti-Violence Center of the municipality of Montignoso, managed by the CIF, carry out an extensive work to host victims in the network with the institutions and to prevent the phenomenon. However, there is no specific service that accompanies victims in the difficult path of social and work reintegration without which it is difficult to regain self-esteem and autonomy.

Training for operators

The project DAFNE Women in the way is the winning project of the Fondazione Marcegaglia call for proposals “Con le donne” in 2017 and provides for the creation of a continuous support service to women victims of violence who must re-enter the working world. In order to carry out this service in a first phase, the 12 volunteer operators of the center will be trained to acquire new skills useful in work guidance (preparation of skills balance, work orientation and training, link with services present in the area). This specific training will be accompanied by a broader training to strengthen the working group and improve the listening and relationship skills of the volunteer operators.

Support for victims of violence

About 200 women will be able to be assisted in a year through the new work and social reintegration service and thanks to the support of the operators will be aware of their work and relationship skills, will experience themselves in a protected environment and receive organizational help for the reconciliation of work with childcare. 16 of these women will also participate in an experimental project that provides theoretical and practical training in floriculture and horticulture activities; women will be placed side by side in a period of tutoring in a protected context that will allow them to recover or acquire skills and then try to spend them in the workplace.