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Autonomy Foundation (Fundacja Autonomia) is a non governmental, non partisan polish organisation funded in 2007. Our main goal is to stop discrimination and violence based on gender and sexual orientation through educational and other activities including popularisation of WenDo-Self-defence and Assertiveness for Women and Girls, elimination of stereotypes, empowerment of those who are discriminated against, marginalised, excluded; popularisation of human rights (especially women's and lesbian's rights as human rights) and equal status of men and women, development of democracy, civil society activisation and co-operation between groups and individuals. FA is the only organisation in Poland that includes popularisation of WenDo-Self-defence and Assertiveness for Women and Girls as a violence prevention method in its statutory goals. FA's founders have been active WenDo trainers for 4 years.

Founders of Autonomy Foundation are Agata Teutsch and Monika Serkowska. We are initiators of "Nobody is born with prejudice" - anti-discrimination and anti-prejudice educational programme, founders of www.bezuprzedzen.org, initiators of "Free from violence"-violence prevention programme, certified WenDo trainers, educators of human rights, gender, gender mainstreaming and social competences. We have long experience in social and educational work with different groups - intellectually disabled women, women excluded from labour market, prisoners, girls, teenagers and adult women. We are experts on gender based violence prevention.



Stop the violence - a comprehensive system of support and therapeutic effects for people experiencing gender based violence

"Stop the violence - a comprehensive system of support and therapeutic effects for people experiencing gender based violence" is a project implemented by the Autonomy Foundation, whose overall aim is to reduce gender based violence. The result of the project will support entities implementing therapeutic programs for people affected by GBV.

The project is comprehensive, with the impact to different target groups, e.g..: staff of therapeutic, socio-therapeutic and educational institutions, as well as girls and young women exposed to violence based on gender. The impact of the project will be covered by their environment, community, decision-makers.

We plan to use various forms of interaction - course for trainers, antiviolence and therapeutic and educational workshops, publications and meetings of experts, consultative - advisory point on the prevention of violence based on gender, educational campaign - information, Internet media.

Activity/Module I

Organization of training for trainers course for assistance and educational staff - Wen-Do method- violence based on gender prevention.

This activity will be adapted to the specifics of Polish model WenDo training course program (method of preventing discrimination and violence for people who have experienced violence because of gender) with the development of training materials.

To participate in the training program were recruited women associated with therapeutic, sociotherapeutic, aid and education institutions, which will be trained and prepared to conduct empowerment and antiviolence classes for girls and young women at risk or experiencing violence due to gender.

They come from different groups - including groups most sensitive / vulnerable to discrimination and violence based on gender (women from ethnic and national minorities, migrants, women with disabilities, from small urban centers and rural areas, women who in connection with their role mother dropped out of the labor market) or working in such environments (eg. who know sign language). This will allow better integration of the perspective and needs of women at risk of marginalization and exclusion in their efforts to build up adequate strategies to combat violence based on gender.

Activity II
The antiviolence informational - educational campaign addressed to the staff of institutions and ngo's

In 2015, activities will be carried out within the framework of the international campaign "16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence". This is a campaign carried out at the moment approx. 160 countries worldwide by more than 2,000 organizations - NGOs, informal initiatives, institutions and international and national organizations. We plan the involvement of the participants of the course trainers in local activities in the field of countering violence based on gender.

Activity III
Antiviolence and therapeutic workshops for girls and women Implementation led by Wen-Do trainers

We will organize workshops for different groups of girls and women. They will have a therapeutic in nature for people who met with violence based on gender.
Girls and women participating in the workshops will come from different regions of the country - "diploma" workshop will be realized in places of residence of participants of the training program. They work will be supervised by certified Polish WenDo trainers.

Activity IV

The organization of a series of meetings with antiviolence experts addressed to aid, care and educational institutions.
Meetings are acquiring / deepening of knowledge on violence based on gender, support for victims, correctional activities with the perpetrators, preventive action, the presentation of good practices, Polish and foreign film screenings, exchange of experience, support in the form of peer supervision.

Activity V

Creating a publication "Gender based violence - a manual for assistance and educational institution's staff " (working title)

Development, publication and dissemination of publications addressed to the staff of institutions of assistance and education dedicated to the issues of GBV - its sources, ways of preventing, containing a number of measures aimed at victims and perpetrators, recommended literature and filmography - usable for therapeutic treatment and educational purpose, contacts for organizations and institutions with expertise in the area of violence prevention. The publication will be available free of charge both in paper form and in electronic form.

Activity VI
Consulting, Advisory and information Point in Krakow

Point will operate regularly, on certain days of the week, in the premises of the Applicant in the city center, we will be able to arrange a direct meeting to talk by phone or email. In addition to advice or assistance we will also hire educational films, reading materials and publications on the prevention of GBV. As part of the activities we will distribute regular antiviolence newsletter.

Activity VII
Monitoring and evaluation of the project

This will include two elements. The first will be the monitoring of project activities conducted on a regular basis throughout the duration of the project. Monitoring will serve, among others, rapid and coordinated between individuals realizing a project responding to the needs or difficulties related to the activities carried out.

The second element of the evaluation will be conducted by an outside expert.

Project No. 171 / NMF / XII / N "Stop the violence - a comprehensive system of support and interaction therapy for people experiencing gender based violence ", implemented under the Small Grants Fund for the Programme PL14 "Prevention of domestic violence and gender based violence' co-financed by the Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2009-2014.

Projects 171 / NMF / XII / N and E3 / 0851 are consistent in terms of known issues, set objectives, planned activities and results. The activities in both projects overlap, others are complementary to each other.





In 2010 we have been working on:

- "Nobody is born with prejudice - 4th edition" - educational project on anti-discrimination-in cooperation with Konsola Women's Association

- festival od humar rights movies "Watch Doc" which will take place in October

- ant-violenece campaigne "16 Days of Action Against Gender Based Violence" which will take place from 25th November to 10th December


In 2009 we have been running following projects:

- "Nobody is born with prejudice" - educational project on anti-discrimination-in cooperation with Konsola Women's Association

- "Women's path - prevention of violence against young women and girls" - WenDo workshops, educational materials, street actions, campaign

- We co-organised festival od humar rights movies "Watch Doc"


In 2008  we have been running few projects:

- "Silence is not a gold" - against discrimination and violence based on gender and sexual orientation

- "Prevention of violence against young women and girls" - WenDo workshops, conference, educational materials, street actions, campaign

- "16 days against gender based violence" - international campaign

- "Nobody is born with prejudice" - educational project on anti-discrimination-in cooperation with Konsola Women's Association


In 2007 we have been very active working together with Crisis Intervention Society from Krakow in 2 projects:

-  Wandering women - collecting histories of women who had to "wander" because of political reasons (wars, new borders etc.), empowerment and workshops for those women and their daughters

-  Facing Hate Crimes - education on hate crimes for police, teachers and youth leaders



We are members of several groups and organizations:

Women's Association Konsola

Crisis Intervention Society

Lesbian Coalition LBT

Sisterhood street informal group

Equality and Tolerance Days Organizational Committee in Poznan



Within those groups we worked on several projects:

-   Lesbian empowerment I and II - series of empowering workshops for lesbians

-   Co-organization of Equality and Tolerance Days an Equality Marches in 2004-6 and co-ordination of legal action against banning of the Equality March in 2005. We have won a case against President of Poznan for banning the March (Pride).

-   Co-organizing summer feminist camps for women (including lesbians) and their children. So far we organized 6 camps in years 2002-2008 (300 women as participants).

-   Educational antidiscrimination program "Nobody is born with prejudice" including workshops, training materials, transferring educational movies (Blue-eyed, Tough Guise, Killing us Softly III) and big internet data base at www.bezuprzedzen.org


If you have any questions please contact:

Autonomy Foundation

Krakowska 19 street

31-062 Kraków



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