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Participating countries: Italy, greece, germany, spain, slovakia

Project Reference: JUST/RDAP/2014/AG/HARM/7962

Start: 01-01- 2016

End: 31-12-2017

EU Grant: 242.109,38 €


Programme: REC

Action Type: Rights, Equality and Citizenship 


Given that early marriage is still a widespread practice among Roma communities, the project partners undertook:

promote cooperation between child protection, health and education, justice and police systems to coordinate their activities to combat early marriage among Roma communities, applying a child-centred approach,
- raise awareness among the various target groups in Roma communities in order to change their attitudes and behaviour regarding early marriage,
- increase the implementation of the child-centred approach at European level to protect children from the harmful tradition of early marriage.

The management and coordination of the project included the following activities:

- four analysis reports in partner countries on early marriages. They focused mainly on legislation, interaction guides, good inter-institutional working practices.
- the preparation of a comparative report. This report focused on general conclusions and recommendations, description of best practices and interaction protocols for the prevention of early marriage.
- developing a training package for working with professionals, children and parents
- training for various professionals in different fields: social workers, teachers, doctors, representatives of the judiciary and the police.
- awareness trainings for children
- conducting an educational programme for adults ("Schools for Parents")
- community work with representatives of the Roma community - family counselling, group family conferences, community discussions

In specific Roma communities, awareness of the issue of early child marriage has increased. Participants learned about the legal framework in the respective partner country and the consequences for parents and children in case of violation. In addition, an increased number of participants from Roma communities participated in the programme.
Working practices for inter-institutional and inter-sectoral cooperation in the prevention of early marriage were identified, disseminated and shared through national reports and a comparative analysis.
This has led to stronger inter-institutional and cross-sectoral cooperation in partner countries on early marriages. A strong and effective partnership between partner organisations was established. This network contributed to the project's results and resulted in the creation of further new projects to protect children's rights.

Project outputs:

Overall, the project promoted the child-centred approach as an effective tool for preventing and combating early marriage among Roma communities. More specifically, its activities approached the target group in the following way:
- 1154 children participated in the early marriage prevention programme. As a result of their participation, they learned to recognize violence, build relationships based on tolerance and equality, recognize the consequences and limitations of early marriage, and gained skills to protect themselves from early marriage.
- 501 parents participated in the "School for Parents". In this way, they improved their positive parenting skills; they became familiar with the issue and how early marriage hinders child development and violates the child's fundamental rights (right to protection from sexual abuse, right to education and health care, right to play and family development).
- 500 representatives of the Roma community participated in family counselling, group family meetings, community discussions and awareness-raising on the risks and consequences of early marriage,
- 236 professionals were trained and improved their competence and professional skills in implementing the child-centred approach. Besides, they improved their awareness of the impact of early marriage on children's development.
- Six regional events were held in partner countries, including the final conference in Brussels,
- A toolbox, a project website and several project brochures were produced - for the wide dissemination of the results at national and European level.

Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Neither the European Union nor EACEA can be held responsible for them.


11 “Aleko Konstantinov” Str.
Haskovo, Bulgaria
Organisation type: Non-governmental organisation (NGO)


KEAN – Cell of Alternative Youth Activities
Patroklou 57
 Ilion, Athens
131 22, Greece
Organisation type: Non-governmental organisation (NGO)
PO Box 113
Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
Organisation type: Non-governmental organisation (NGO)
Avenue Edouard Lacomblé 17
Brussels, Belgium

Organisation type: Non governmental organisation (NGO)

Francesc Macià, 36
Badalona, Spain
Organisation type: Non governmental organisation (NGO)
Trg zbora odposlancev 30
Kočevje, Slovenia
Organisation type: Educational Institution-University

Όλγα Γουρδομιχάλη

Project Manager

Από το 2013 έως το 2022, στο Ίδρυμα Ιατροβιολογικών Ερευνών της Ακαδημίας
Αθηνών συμμετείχε σε πλήθος ερευνητικών προγραμμάτων. Έχει διεθνείς
δημοσιεύσεις και έχει συμμετάσχει σε ερευνητικά συνέδρια τόσο στην Ελλάδα
όσο και στο εξωτερικό. Επί σειρά ετών, διδάσκει στη δευτεροβάθμια εκπαίδευση.
Αναπτύσσει και υλοποιεί εθελοντικά προγράμματα νέων σχετικά με την έρευνα.
Ταυτόχρονα συμμετέχει σε δράσεις προστασίας περιβάλλοντος, πυροπροστασίας
και φροντίδας αδέσποτων ζώων.

Μιλάει αγγλικά και ισπανικά.
Εντάχθηκε στο ΚΕΑΝ το 2018 και μέχρι σήμερα έχει διαχειριστεί δράσεις και έργα
σε εθνικό και ευρωπαϊκό επίπεδο. Τον Νοέμβριο του 2022 ολοκλήρωσε το
μεταπτυχιακό πρόγραμμα Διοίκησης Επιχειρήσεων για Στελέχη του
Πανεπιστημίου Πειραιά.