The first joint training session of our project took place in Ljubljana between May 15-17. We visited a woman and her baby in supported accommodation, to hear about her life and experience. We also exchanged challenges as well as good practices and experiences about the special needs of homeless women who become pregnant, who live in a situation of homelessness or severe housing deprivation, or who might have been separarated from their child(ren). The presentations of the meeting are available here:
The second transnational workshop took place in Helsinki, between September 4-6. The topic was health issues homeless women face and good practices on how to address these. Health was defined in a holistic way, including mental as well as physical health, and not only gynecological problems. Several services were visited in and around Helsinki - housing units for homeless women, projects targetting sexual health as well as those on peer involvement. The presentations of the meeting are available here:
This month the Women and Homelessness project held a joint workshop at Lodz University. The event focused on the pressing need to increase emotional and physical safety for women using homelessness services. Participants shared expertise in supporting the complex needs of homeless women, often rooted in trauma due to adverse childhood experiences and/or gender-based violence (GBV). They shared examples of how services are transforming into psychologically-, trauma-, and gender-informed environments to improve safety for survivors of GBV.