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Given the growing cultural diversity in Spain and with the understanding that cultural factors are essential to improve access to and quality of health services as well as to counteract gender violence, this project develops research, training and awareness-raising activities designed to encourage an articulated approach to SRR, with a focus on both young women and women of migrant origin.

DECIDES ESPAÑA promotes dialogue between sectors usually independent one from another (health, gender, education, culture, etc.) to promote a multidisciplinary and broad approach to SRR as a right to receive a sexual education or to live in a violence free context.

75% of the activities are implemented in Catalonia, one of the regions with the highest levels of immigration, but the project’s remit is national and its methodology has been designed to be replicated throughout the country.

The project is part of the DECIDES Program (Cultural Rights to Promote Health and Development) which, since 2007, has been implemented in Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru and Mali, in collaboration with international NGOs such as FCI or PROMSEX, among others, and with the support of organizations such as AECID, ACCD and Barcelona Solidaria of the City Council.

Interarts’s partner for DECIDES ESPAÑA is the Vall d'Hebron Institut de Recerca (VHIR) of the Vall d'Hebron Hospital. Its public health/community health team of the Unidad de Salud Internacional Drassanes-Vall d’Hebron (PROSICS Barcelona) has extensive experience in the field of intercultural medicine, both at local / national and international levels.

The activities planned include a) an assessment on equality of access to SRR services; b) the development of educational materials on the role of culture in promoting SRR; these materials will strengthen the cultural competencies of the health sector as well as of key actors intervening in the field of SRR; c) 10 training workshops on the use of the educational materials by health professionals; 3 awareness-raising activities geared towards civil society on sexual and reproductive rights and equality in a context of cultural diversity; 1 workshop of audiovisual creation and reflection on SRR and 8 talks on SRR in a context of cultural diversity and equality.

This project is co-funded by the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area (EEA Grants) which aims at contributing to the reduction of economic and social inequalities, and to strengthening the relationships between donor states (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) and beneficiary states (17 EU Member States). The Plataforma de ONG de Acción Social is the Operatoring Agency of the Programa de Ciudadanía Activa (Active Citizenship Programme) which is endowed with EUR 4.6 million for the strengthening of NGOs and their contribution to social justice and sustainable development. Follow on Twitter: @Ciudadania_Act #CiudadaníaActiva and Facebook: Programa de Ciudadanía Activa.

The closing session wiil take place in Barcelona, 21 September 2015. Please see the programme below, at ''related documents''.

start date

1 May 2014

end date

1 October 2015


Achieving a more equitable society where the entire population have the opportunity to access Sexual and Reproductive Rights (SRR).
Raising the awareness of health institutions on the notion of equity in health.
Encouraging collaborative work of the organizations closest to vulnerable populations, particularly young women and women of migrant origin, with the formal health system.
Increasing the visibility of the situation of vulnerable populations on SRR, focusing on young women and women of migrant origin.


Sensitized health professionals and those involved in the response to violence against women on the cultural dimension of sexual and reproductive rights (SRR).
Sensitized civil society on access to and exercise of sexual and reproductive rights (SRR) in a context of cultural diversity.
Open reflection on SRR in a context of cultural diversity and equity among youth under 18.

activity areas

Cultural cooperation.

geographic location