To alleviate the impacts of COVID-19 policies, many initiatives have been developed by civil society organisations – NGOs, local governments, or citizens. A team of national researchers from the RESISTIRÉ project has collected and highlighted a set of particularly relevant initiatives in 27 European countries and in Iceland, Serbia, the United Kingdom and Turkey. These Better Stories cover eight specific domains: gender-based violence, the labour market, the economy, gender-pay and pension gaps, gender care gaps, decision-making and politics, environmental justice, human and fundamental rights.

This Better Story was collected by Nathalie Wuiame


The ” Ça vaut pas l’coup ” service is a reception, orientation and support system for victims of domestic violence and their entourage. The initiative started in early April 2020, shortly after the first lockdown/confinement started.

A solution for victims of domestic violence

The ” Ça vaut pas l’coup ” project, in collaboration with the regional branches of the FPS and Vie Féminine, took the initiative of writing a letter to all the mayors of the 38 municipalities in the province asking them to make hotel rooms, gîtes and/or transit accommodation available for victims of domestic violence and their children, in compliance with health measures. In response to this request, the city of Namur has set up a temporary emergency shelter with 25 beds. To raise awarness about gender based violence and to attract more hotels to host the victims, the team launched a campaign.

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