Current Projects

PROJECT TITLE: “The Security Plan, the new service within the Social Protection System”

DONOR: Mission OEBS

Although being in constant contact with the victims of domestic violence, as well as with underage victims of violence, professional staff of the Social Welfare System is not sufficiently familiar with the ways of prevention of recurrence of violence. The fact is that around 33% of victims of violence experience violence on a daily basis, and yet if they are economically dependent, or still emotionally attached to a perpetrator, or have children, they often return to perpetrators in cases of domestic violence. Statistics of the Centres for Social Welfare illustrate that around 38% of women who were sheltered at safe houses, have returned to a perpetrator. Also, a very big challenge that the professional staff of the Social Welfare System is faced with is violence that their clients/perpetrators of violence exert on them. During 2017, staff of eight Centers for Social Welfare in Serbia was exposed to both physical and psychological violence, whereas in three of them six murders and two suicides were committed. These data sufficiently speaks about security risks in the Social Welfare System.

The target group of this Project is professional staff of the Social Welfare System (lawyers, psychologists, sociologists, special education teachers).

The final beneficiaries of this project will be representatives of vulnerable population: LGBT persons, Roma people, victims of domestic violence, victims of peer violence, persons covered with the social welfare system and persons leaving social welfare systems (being accommodated at safe houses, temporary homes, foster homes, homes for children without parental care, etc.).

Once the training course is accredited by the Social Protection System, this Project will become sustainable as it will also become a part of the System.

The long-term goal is to create a new service within the Social Protection System, to be specific, “the creation of an individual protection plan” for users of the Social Protection Services, primarily: LGBT persons, the Romani people, victims of domestic violence, victims of peer violence, persons in the social welfare system and persons who are leaving the social welfare systems (safe houses, temporary homes, foster homes, homes for children without parental care, etc…).

Result 1 Created Curriculum for the Social Security System professionals.

Activity 1.1 Developing a Curriculum. Within the period of two months, design a program of education in accordance with regulations of the Republic Institute for Social Protection pertaining to professionals of the Social Welfare System Sub-activity 1.1.1 Preparation of the appropriate documentation. Association RAINBOW will address the Republic Institute for Social Protection to inquire into documentation needed for development of the curriculum for the professionals of the Social Welfare System. Sub-activity 1.1.2 Curriculum design: Within the two month period, the author of the training will draft a curriculum and plan of education for the professionals of the Social Welfare System according to the legally prescribed forms. The author will consult the professional staff of the Centers for Social Welfare, as well as the Provincial Office for the Social Protection with which Association RAINBOW has signed a memorandum on cooperation in education programmes. Within this period all the materials necessary for the realization of the training shall be printed.

Result 2 For the purpose of the Application the Security Culture concept and Design of the Users Protection Plan 150 qualified workers/staff of the Social Welfare System will be educated and the programme submitted for accreditation.

Activity 2.1 Realization of the Education: Within the four months period, the Project team will realize 10 pilot trainings in accordance with the developed curriculum, and following the review process (processed evaluation questionnaires), the programme will be submitted to the Republic Institute for the Social Protection for accreditation. Sub-activity 2.1. Preparation of the Training: The Project team will sent invitations to the Centers for Social Welfare and will select 10 Centers for Social Welfare in which premises the trainings will be held. Sub-activity 2.1.2 Realization of the Training: In the course of the four month period, 10 pilot trainings will be realized by two coaches, whereas 15 professionals of the Social Welfare System will attend each training. The duration of the training will be 8 hours per day. The trainings will be interactive and the participants will be encouraged through the group work to take the initiative in the realization of the training. The training will be based on two documents: “Safety Culture Manual for the LGBT youth” and the research from the previous project implemented by Association RAINBOW with support of the OSCE Mission to Serbia in 2017. These documents will help professional staff to understand how a plan for the application of security culture for the target group is developed in accordance with the relevant information. The professional staff will also be given copies of the manuals for the needs of the LGBT users. 200 copies of the Research and 400 copies of the Manual will be printed. Within the group work, professionals will be also trained to develop individual safety plans for their users which we plan to standardize in the future as the prevention social service. Sub-activity 2.1.3 Application of the Training for Accreditation: In the final month of the Project realization, following the review of evaluation questionnaires and the development of the final program of education, the Project Team will forward the programme to the Republic Institute for the Social Protection for accreditation.

Result 3: Built capacities of the Social Welfare System as a sector that can respond to safety/security needs of citizens

Activity 3.1 Media campaign: During the realization of the project, and during each training session, the team of  Association RAINBOW as well as persons from the Social Welfare System will be giving statements to the media in connection with the promotion of the Project and the concept of the Safety Culture. Sub-activity 3.1.1 Preparation of the Campaign: The team of  Association RAINBOW will, in cooperation with PR officer, communicate clear messages to persons in constant risk of violence and the persons exposed to violence. The messages must clearly target the said populations and their needs for the increase of safety, but also empower them to report the cases of violence, and make them aware to the fact that  Association RAINBOW can offer them support during that reporting of the violence. Sub-activity 3.1.2 Campaign Realization: During the realization of the workshops, PR officer will also invite the electronic and print media to interview the Project team members and the Welfare Social Centers professionals, during the training. All information about the project will be placed on social networks and websites of Association RAINBOW and our partners. Apart from the local media, we will try to present our results on media with national coverageat the end of the project to reach out to as many people as possible.

PROJECT TITLE: “Coming Out of Unemployment”

http://coming-out-of-unemployment.asocijacijaduga.org.rs/

DONOR: Erasmus + program of EU

PROJECT PARTNERS: Subversive Front (FYR Macedonia), Iskorak (Croatia), LGBT Forum Progres (Montenegro), Sarajevo Open Centre (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Colegas (Spain)

The project “Coming Out of Unemployment” is related to raising capacity of youth workers with the aim of acquiring knowledge and skills, and also raising their professional competence in working on the economic empowerment of the LGBT population through the development of social entrepreneurship.

As an organization dealing with human rights of LGBT persons, but also one that helps other marginalized populations, we realized that populations which are not economically empowered cannot adequately nor in the long run advocate for the practicing of their human rights.

The project participants encompass six organizations from Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Spain, which want to share experiences and improve the economic position of LGBT persons and in this way secure the fight for their human rights and sustainability of LGBT NGOs in the long run. Members of these organizations will, through active work, acquire knowledge and skills for practical work and further transferring of knowledge in the field of developing social entrepreneurship, raising capacity and empowering young LGBT persons to become entrepreneurs. Following this project, creating a network of social enterprises of LGBT persons from our countries is planned so they would have better chances for success, mutual cooperation and support in the future.

The total of 36 youth workers, will participate in the nine-days-training in Šabac, Serbia, where Association Rainbow as the project leader, has the first social enterprise in the region employing LGBT persons, victims of family violence, and supports them through economic empowerment in leaving the circle of violence. The concept of training will be developed out of the study visit in Spain and personal years-long experience of Association Rainbow as the project leader in this field. Participants will also learn how to transfer their knowledge as trainers, because they will learn how to become trainers from experienced trainers and thus will be able to disseminate the acquired knowledge and skills further in their countries. This will lead to the domino effect where youth workers continue to transfer their knowledge and skills to others through their own trainings after this project is completed, whereas in doing so we increase the duration for which the aims of this project will be achieved.

One of the results of the project will be “The Manual on the Development of Social Entrepreneurship” which will provide guidelines for future trainers and help them realize their trainings, thus reaching medium-term and long-term aims of this project. The concluding activity of the project will be a working conference taking place in Serbia. It will gather 100 participants from partner organizations, public institutions, embassies, the donor community, and the media with the aim of presenting the results of the project and influencing the state policy concerning the economic empowerment of the LGBT population.

PROJECT TITLE: “LGBT – Youth Leader Academy”

DONOR:  National Erasmus + program of EU

PROJECT PARTNERS: Subversive Front (FYR Macedonia), Iskorak (Croatia)

Within the participant countries of this project, Serbia, Macedonia and BaH there are many interethnic and religious differences. Despite these large population groups there are also LGBT people who are very often being highly discriminated, especially in certain parts of the countries, whereas the level of respect for LGBT human rights differs in all of the above mentioned countries. Young generations from these countries need to get to know diversities, cherish them and respect others.

Through this project we want to enhance the influence of youth workers as leaders in fighting for LGBT rights and to empower them to take part in decision- making processes through active participation in democratic life.

The project outcomes are:

  • Increasing professional competences and skills of youth workers in the area of writing project proposals, strategic planning, advocacy, media appearance and facilitating workshops
  • Increasing the active participation of youth workers in public life, through advocacy processes for changes of discriminatory policies at local and national level
  • Increasing the social inclusion of young people in the process of solidarity and reducing social exclusion of LGBT persons.

The direct target group in the activities for increasing professional competences and skills for LGBT leaders are youth workers, a total of 20 participants from Serbia, Macedonia and Croatia. The participants of this project will be selected from the members of Association RAINBOW and its partner organizations i.e. those persons who already showed interest in activism. Priority will be given to people with fewer opportunities: people who live with HIV/AIDS, people from multiple vulnerable populations such as LGBT Roma people, people who live in small and rural areas and people from unprivileged economic background etc. who still show in their motivation letters their interest to participate in this program. The second direct target group for the activities in regards to realization of the workshops on LGBT topics are young persons from 15 to 30 years, 200 in total, who are activists in youth organizations and youth offices with which our organizations cooperate.

The project has a total of 4 activities:

  • First activity is a training for LGBT leaders (first part). The method of work is interactive workshops with practical parts of plan development, writing project proposals and curricula of workshops. The training will be led by three trainers working 8 hours a day with 20 participants. T
  • Training for LGBT leaders (second part) will also be the second project activity, and the method of work is the same as for the first part.
  • Workshops for youth workers of youth offices and youth organizations make up the third project activity. The method of work include interactive workshops in accordance with the curriculum which the participants will develop during the second activity. The workshops will be led by two trainers, and each will last 180 minutes, the number of participants per workshop will be from 10 to 15 persons.
  • The fourth activity of the project is advocacy. The method of work will be experiential learning or practical work, because each participant of the training will conduct their own action plan for advocacy.
  • The expected impact on the participants of the training is increasing their knowledge and skills in the field of leadership, connecting with youth workers from other countries and motivation to participate in social and political life of the community and influence the policies which concern human rights of LGBT persons
  • The expected impact on the participating organizations will be reflected in the increased capacities of their staff, new activists, and therefore new ideas, increased amount of activities and quality improvement of activities which the organizations implement
  • The expected influence on the target group of young people who will participate at workshops will be reflected in increasing of their solidarity with LGBT persons and understanding of their problems and needs, as well as in support for youth workers who work on LGBT issues
  • The expected influence on the target group of decision-makers, is their understanding of the problems, needs and position of LGBT persons and the importance of solving them
  • The expected influence on the target group of LGBT persons, is reflected in the decrease of their social exclusion, increase of their activist engagement and cooperation with youth workers on a local, national, regional and international level.
  • The expected impact on the participating organizations will be reflected in the increased capacities of their staff, new activists, and therefore new ideas, increased amount of activities and quality improvement of activities which the organizations implement.
  • The expected influence on the target group of young people who will participate at workshops will be reflected in increasing of their solidarity with LGBT persons and understanding of their problems and needs, as well as in support for youth workers who work on LGBT issues.