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MEP highlights success of DAPHNE projects fighting violence against women across the West Midlands

November 26, 2010 11:07 AM

Lib Dem Euro MP Liz Lynne has highlighted the growing success of projects across the West Midlands region fighting appalling violence against women in gaining EU support under the DAPHNE programme.

She spoke out as MEPs wore a rose petal during the Parliamentary session in Strasbourg on Thursday November 25th, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

After the massive success of local projects in the funding round this year, the number of anti-violence projects across the region receiving help under the DAPHNE scheme leapt from three to 10.

Liz Lynne said: "The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (IDEVAW) commemoration is an opportunity to highlight the growth of these local projects across the West Midlands, fighting the appalling prevalence of violence against women and girls.

"These new projects are fighting issues such as young women sleeping rough on the streets, internal trafficking of young girls for prostitution or exploitation and cross border trafficking.

"Other projects will be helping children to cope with terrifying domestic violence via playground initiatives. Another scheme deals with the horror of date rape and violence between teenagers, which is so often hidden from view but causes many young adolescents great trauma and sometimes dangerous injuries."

"In April I supported a number of these bids for DAPHNE help and now many of these schemes are going ahead with nearly 2.8 million Euros in EU grant funding. I am glad to hear plans are afoot for the projects to link up in a regional support network to be launched next month.

"I have always thought the DAPHNE programme was a fantastic use of EU funds to boost local projects to stop a great social evil. Here in the West Midlands we are showing how the EU can make a practical difference helping communities fight violence against women."

The projects involved are due to launch a regional network to improve the co-ordination of their work early in December.

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Notes: €2,789,580.96 in EU grant funding was secured earlier this year for the West Midlands Lead Partners in new DAPHNE programmes, who include: Newman University College, University of Wolverhampton, Coventry University, Keele University, Telford & Wrekin Council, The Haven (Wolverhampton) and Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Partnership. The West Midlands European Service (formerly West Midlands in Europe and EU Connects) provided valuable one to one help for the applicants and Liz Lynne wrote letters of support. 77% of applications from the region were successful, compared to the average of 37%. Of the 16 successful projects in the UK in this round, seven were from the West Midlands.