- Upholding Rights! Early Legal Intervention for Victims of Trafficking [‘ELI’] (2017): pilot research project which aimed to demonstrate the value and importance of providing early and effective legal advice to potential trafficking survivors as soon as anyone recognises them as such. The project was carried out by the Immigrant Council of Ireland, in partnership with the Bulgarian Gender Research Foundation (BRGF), the Klaipeda Social and Psychological Services Centre (KSPSC)Lithuania (providing services and support to survivors of trafficking for sexual exploitation who are returning to Lithuania), the Legal Services Agency (LSA) Scotland, and the Monika – Multicultural Women’s Association – Finland (later replaced by the ROSA Centre for Women War survivors, Croatia). IROKO participated as a member of the Expert Advisory Council (through the Executive Director Esohe Aghatise).
- Building Partnerships and Network Capability in Africa and Europe to Combat Sex Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation (2016-2018): the project is funded by Novo Foundation and our work is to create a coalition of trusted partners and build network capability to lobby governments for laws and policies to combat the spread of sex trafficking from Africa to Europe. The other purposes are also to work with civil society groups in Africa and in Europe to identify effective policy approaches that address the demand for prostitution which promotes sex trafficking and that provide an alternative to the legalization and decriminalization of pimps, buyers and brothels; to raise awareness about the terrible conditions endured by female refugees during the migration process; to engage survivors of prostitution and sex trafficking as central actors in combating trafficking and gender-based violence in Africa and Europe.
- Strenghten Iroko’s international role and aims (2015-2017): the Novo Foundation recently funded a project for the capacity buiding of IROKO so that the organisation can continue to provide assistance to women and victims of trafficking. Such capacity buiding includes the following:
1. Creation of new logo for IROKO
2. Creation and updating of IROKO website
3. Employment of a media manager for IROKO to help to update and promote IROKO activities
4. Updating of IROKO activites and finding new sources of funding.
A portion of the funding is also being spent to update IROKO school project in Rome and environs. Two schools are presently involved in this project. The funds are also being spent to partially support families and young girls at risk of trafficking in Nigeria. Such support includes scholarships for 4 girls and financial contributions to their families.
- Prevention of Violence Against Women and Culture of Equal Opportunities: this activity takes place from October to June in two schools in Rome. One of our volunteers talks to students aged 14 to 19 about violence and gender stereotypes, taking into consideration the bill Spilabotte on regulation of prostitution and its effects.