Social Hut Festival: empowerment process for potential women victim or survival of trafficking

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Women with migration backgrounds and those who are survivors of trafficking often find it difficult to integrate from a socio-economic point of view. To make their inclusion easier, WINGS supports them through language training, ethnopsychiatric accompaniment and employment counseling. During the project’s period of action, the support model tested in Belgium, Greece, Italy and Spain provided advanced language training, psychological support and increased employment opportunities to nearly 60 women.

To catalyze its important growth path, WINGS on December 6 and 7, 2023, organized the Social Hut Festival in Brussels. The festival was attended by employers, anti-trafficking experts, representatives of civil society organizations, and policy makers. It was an opportunity to exchange best practices and network among those working in the field of immigrant women’s inclusion, and to advocate the importance of creating inclusive workplaces to improve employability and social inclusion.

During the first day of the festival, in a workshop organised in round tables, it has been discussed how companies can adopt an intercultural and intersectional approach to make their workplaces more inclusive and how support third-country national women for their inclusion in the local labour market.

The second day of Social Hut Festival was organized as part of the Youth in Action project, promoted by the CHANCE network, aimed at discussing innovative strategies to build an equitable society based on inclusion and redistribution of wealth to ensure decent living conditions for all.

WINGS partners presented the program, specifically:

  • Experiences and best practices based on the WINGS Social and Labour inclusion programme which comprises session plans for the delivery of trauma-sensitive foreign language teaching, individual employment counselling and recommendations for internship/job placement in local companies;
  • Challenges and best practices in the socio-labor integration of trafficking survivors.

Tips for a meaningful empowerment process for immigrant women or survivors of trafficking were also shared during the conference. Among them:

  • Facilitate the obtainment of permit of stay to guarantee a smooth labour inclusion and decent work (and avoid undeclared work where migrant people are often involved);
  • Adopt a transversal and multidisciplinary approach where professional with different expertise (cultural mediator, psychologist, language teacher, employer counselling) collaborate to deal with the challenges that arise when working with people in vulnerable conditions;
  • Facilitate the recognition of skills of migrant workers through skills assessment for the recognition of competences and invite employers to make use of current procedures for recognition and equivalence of qualifications.( e.g the EU Skills Profile Tool, European Qualifications Framework EQF);
  • To adopt a constructive approach where all parties involved in the social and labour inclusion process (included the employers offering the internship for the beneficiaries) are trained to work with people with different backgrounds and specific needs creating a safe environment for everybody.

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About the project

WINGS – Supporting Women survivors of trafficking through a Comprehensive Integration Programme is a project funded by by Erasmus+, DG Home Affairs – Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF), Assistance, support and integration of third-country national victims of trafficking in human beings.


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