Unrooting Violence: tackling social norms for the prevention of gender-based violence

The UNROOT project aims at addressing gender-based violence by designing and implementing actions on individual, collective and societal level, focusing primarily on rural communities. It is widely known that citizens and especially women in rural and remote areas frequently have less opportunities to access education and training opportunities overall and find assistance if they fall victims of GBV. UNROOT will strengthen the knowledge and capacity of all stakeholders involved in the project, promote open dialogue with community members GBV issues and gender stereotypes, and design intervention strategies to tackle them.

This will be achieved by:

  • Designing and implementing a transnational training activity to enhance the competences of adult support workers and trainers that support women in rural and non-urban localities.
  • Carrying out research and several events such as focus groups, interviews, policy webinars in addition to the final conference.
  • Designing a training manual that will include all the relevant definitions key aspects and analyses of social norms and GBV.
  • Designing and implementing a highly focused and specialized awareness-raising training on the primary prevention of GBV to women and men with different social backgrounds living in non-urban, rural areas.

During its 24-month lifetime, UNROOT will directly and indirectly positively impact:

At least


relevant stakeholders participating in the activities (non-formal groups, NGOs, agencies, government departments)

At least


individuals from the 15 rural communities involved in the project (general public, or directly affected by the phenomenon)

At least


adult learners will benefit from the training program

UNROOT at a glance:

  • 1 awareness-raising training program
  • 1 handbook documenting all the project outcomes in a visually appealing way
  • 4 local learning actions
  • 5 workshops in total taking place in the participating countries engaging participants in local learning actions
  • 4 transnational meetings in the Netherlands, Austria, Greece and Cyprus


  • Funding programme

    Erasmus+ KA2 Cooperation partnerships in adult education

  • Duration

    01/11/2021 – 30/04/2024

  • Budget

    244,116.00 EUR

  • Countries

    Netherlands, Cyprus, Belgium, Greece, Austria

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Project reference number: 2021-1-NL01-KA220-ADU-000026492


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