Upon implementing various projects MARTA expands its work within the field of research and gathers research results, making sure these gain the widest publicity possible and are quotable and influential, thus promoting gender equality and the rights of women, fostering MARTA’s cooperation with other national and international institutions, facilitating a sustainable growth of the society and caring for the recognition of MARTA.
Mind the Gap Report. Needs analysis for the integration of female migrant victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation
Sexual violence against men
Sexual abuse is widespread among young people in Latvia
The study defines sexual harassment as a term that covers sexual harassment, intimidation due to a persons sexual identity or expression, and transphobic harassment.
The leading partner of the project "Recognition of Sexual Bowling in Europe" and the author of the research methodology is Leeds Beckett University in Great Britain. Download research
Research on prostitution signals - You could be hurt too!
The campaign is based on the first study in Latvia, which tries to answer the questions:
What conditions affect women into prostitution?
How are girls and women recruited for prostitution in Latvia and sexual or other exploitation outside the country?
A set of economic, social and psychological conditions leads to prostitution as a last resort. But recruiters are increasingly using interesting methods to engage young women in prostitution. For example, by placing job advertisements with great “career development” opportunities abroad, without the need to know foreign languages or present educational documents.
Read the opinions of the persons involved in prostitution, the assessment of specialists, the analysis of the objectification of cultivated women in the media environment and also the opinion on the fates of Latvian and Estonian women in Great Britain.
The research is carried out within the framework of the project "Security Compass: Effective Solutions for Preventing Trafficking in Human Beings" of the European Commissions CRIME PREVENTION AND FIGHTING program. Download research
The Effect of Blasting Gender Stereotypes
In order to change the perception and patterns of traditional gender stereotypes, demonstrating it to be possible to have a more active life by promoting diversity of opinions, centre MARTA carried out the first systematic research in Latvia on the work of youth groups in order to see whether increasing self-confidence helps to reduce the risk for violence and human trafficking.
The research was conducted in cooperation with researchers from Scandinavia.
For the last 20 years the so called girl and boy group method has been successfully implemented in Scandinavia, motivating young people to live a responsible life, in consent with oneself rather than adopting to the norms of the society, which aren’t always genuine, correct and true.
Scandinavians have verified that educating young people is an effective way to shape an active and democratic society of tomorrow with each individual being empowered to fulfil itself, enjoy life and live an individual lifestyle.
The first research in Latvia proves that as a result of the work of the girl and boy groups young people raise their awareness and challenge the common values and behavioural norms prevailing in the society and among the contemporaries. They consider gender stereotypes and norms, allow for a diversity of opinions and are aware of their capabilities and ability to actively shape their personal life rather than just passively react to the externals.
The research shows that understanding gender stereotypes is an important aspect for prevention of violent behaviour. Only understanding femininity and masculinity can give teenagers a possibility to deliberately reject a violent behavioural model as a norm.
The Friendly Lifestyle of Women
Centre MARTA conducted the first research of the ecological footprint in Latvia, aiming at comparing the consumption patterns of the society from a gender perspective. The results are not surprising and are similar to the tendencies elsewhere in the world — women live a more environment friendly lifestyle. The use of transportation shows the greatest difference with regard to the habits and liability of women and men.
The results of the research reveal a difference among age groups having an impact on their surroundings — older people harm the environment much less if compared to younger and middle aged people.
The research proves that differences in gender and age cannot be explained with a wish to keep the environment clean, but rather with the diverse financial means of the various groups of people to meet their needs.
The research results reveal social segregation in Latvia and demonstrate the value of social status in the society.