EU FEM Roadmap

EU Roadmap on Forced/Early Marriage (FEM) Referral Pathway for Frontline Professionals

No. of pages: 44

Publication date: November 2016

Author: Multiple


Forced and early marriage (FEM), contracted without the free and valid consent of one or both partners or before the age of 18, is internationally acknowledged as a violation of human rights and as a form of gender-based violence. The purpose of the EU FEM Roadmap is to provide frontline professionals with a guidance document to assist in the protection and support of (potential) victims of FEM.
The Roadmap was created through the joint efforts of UNFPA’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia Regional Office (EECARO), APF–Portugal, BAWSO–United Kingdom, Orient Express–Austria, Psytel–France and University of Vechta–Germany. It will initially be implemented in five European countries — Austria, France, Germany, Portugal and the United Kingdom — and will eventually be introduced in the Eastern Europe and Central Asia region with the facilitation of EECARO.
Created by frontline professionals specialized in providing support to victims of FEM, the EU FEM Roadmap is intended to serve as a guidance document that complements existing national guidelines and standard operating procedures at the organizational level. The Roadmap includes a seven-step referral pathway for all frontline professionals, and then provides specific guidance for school/educational providers, child protection services, health professionals, criminal justice (police and justice) professionals and magistrates of civil marriage services.
In addition to the full EU FEM Roadmap, which has been published in English, Russian, French, German and Portuguese, a summary and a one-page poster are also available for download.
The EU FEM Roadmap is the second project carried out by a technical-assistance partnership between UNFPA EECARO and EU-based organizations, following on the IMPLEMENT project to improve health-system response to gender-based violence. The partnership allows for the cross-fertilization of experiences and good practices between countries in the European Union and the EECA region.