The Overseas Women Protection Project, launched by the SRP, is a long-term volunteer project that has vulnerable overseas Chinese women as its main target of assistance. The project takes the problem of domestic violence as its main focus, and it strives to create a global aid network with Belgium as its starting point, to help victims protect their rights and extricate themselves from the predicament. Through the collection and compilation of information and resources, and on the basis of long-term cooperation with a variety of organizations, bodies and expert consultant, the project will provide linguistic, psychological, medical and legal support through various national outlets and establish a safe and convenient online platform where requests for help can be matched.
This project is dedicated to improving the lives of the women in the target group, while stressing their self-empowerment, and realizing a virtuous cycle of mutual support through the community. The project’s pilot scheme started in July 2020 in Belgium, and it is forecasted to cover the 30 countries with most overseas Chinese in the world within two years. By August 2020 the project had 125 participating volunteers, and it had calculated the number of overseas Chinese in different countries, estimated the potential number of help-seekers, and it had set up legal support, medical support, and women’s aid organizations, information on overseas Chinese circles, a databank on asylum networks. It has already provided help to 23 women coming from countries including Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, France and the Netherlands.