The purpose of the project was to bring out the need for a shelter for women victims of violence in the wilaya of Oran where Algeria’s second biggest city (Oran) is located. In a first phase, the association Femmes en communication – FEC made a diagnosis regarding Violence against women in Algeria, with a special focus on Oran. This showed that the current state programmes fighting this kind of violence are insufficient. Following the recommendations of said diagnosis, the project aimed to push local authorities for the establishment of a multipurpose social outreach to care for women in distress, especially those who are victims of Gender-based violence (GBV).
Between March and September 2017, FEC carried out several activities:
Even though Oran does not have a shelter for women victims of violence yet, concrete actions were taken, an open entity for consultation and advice was set up, and a wider dissemination of the Ain-Temouchent shelter was achieved. The project highlighted the role of associations in the monitoring, the accompaniment and the reintegration of abused women. It also challenged the local authorities on their involvement in the proper functioning of these structures and the training of experienced staff capable of taking care of these women, listening to them, guiding them and, eventually, accompanying them. Finally, the project showed the need to undertake awareness-raising actions on the existing laws and rights of women in distress, and to report the consequences of GBV on the future of children and society in general.
This initiative is part of the field projects developed by the local clusters of gender equality actors set up by the Euro-Mediterranean Women’s Foundation in 2015. It falls within the framework of the Axis 1 "Strengthening the capacities of equality actors" of the project "Women of the future in the Mediterranean" funded by the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs (MEAE), and the project "Developing women’s empowerment", labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean.
This platform is part of the Axis 1 “Strengthening the capacities of equality actors” of the Priority Solidarity Fund “Women for the future in the Mediterranean” funded by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development and led by the European Institute of the Mediterranean, in the framework of the project “Developing Women’s Empowerment” labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean.