EUROPEAN NETWORK OF MIGRANT WOMEN (ENOMW) is the only Europe-wide feminist umbrella organisation that directly represents the opinion of migrant & refugee women & girls at the European and International level. Our diverse membership includes the women of Arab, African, Asian, Latin American and Eastern European descent and extends to over 35 migrant women grass-root and advocacy groups in 20 European countries.
15 May 2017, New York – Following the release of the UN Secretary General Report on conflict-related sexual violence, UN Security Council held a meeting dedicated to the Sexual Violence in Conflict. Our member Mina Jaf, founder of Women Refugee Route, spoke at the meeting on behalf of the UN Group Women, Peace and Security, on the situation of women and girl refugees and the humanitarian responses to the sexual(ised) violence widespread in conflict and war.
Watch Mina’s speech HERE >>>
ENOMW is among 150 NGOs of NGO MAJOR FORUM addressing the high-level forum on Sustainable Development Goal 1
The 2017 High Level Political Forum addresses the theme “Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world,” an imperative that is also a prerequisite for sustainable peace. Achieving these aims will not be possible unless the structural and systemic barriers to achievement – and root causes of exploitation and degradation of the environment – are addressed. Current neoliberal macroeconomic policy is a major driver of unequal distribution of wealth and power and the destruction of natural resources, and must be reconsidered and replaced. Notions of development based entirely on economic growth present a myopic view of progress and must be discarded, and corporations must be held to account for their social and environmental records. We call for a new development paradigm which furthers the well-being of humans, nature and animals, and which sees as its ultimate aim the achievement of equity and justice, to “leave no one behind.”
In keeping with the commitment to “Leave No One Behind,” the full position paper of the Non- Governmental Organizations’ Major Group details the ways in which the SDGs are interconnected, locally applicable yet requiring universal commitment, and essential for the eradication of poverty and promotion of prosperity for all
29 April, London- We are delighted to have taken part in the conference “Defending Progressivism” – a day-long conference that focused on defending social-progressivism (Feminism, LGBT Rights, Freedom of Speech, Environmentalism, Secularism and Irreligiosity) organised by the Culture Project and Canatus News. ENOMW took part in the panel on “Racism, Far Right and Refugee Rights”.
Below is the video of the panel “Feminist Mobilisation” chaired by Houzan Mahmoud, Kurdish Feminist and co-founder of the Culture Project, featuring Rahila Gupta, feminist academic, writer and board member of Southhall Black Sisters, Sarah Khan, co-founder of INSPIRE, Gita Sahgal, director of Centre for Secular Space, and Sadia Hameed of Critical Sisters.
We are in London at Defending Progressivism conference, streaming #Feminist Mobilisation, with Houzan Mahmoud, Rahila Gupta, Sarah Khan, Gita Sahgal and Sadia Hameed
Opslået af European Network of Migrant Women (ENoMW) på 29. april 2017
On 31 March we were invited to take part in a dinner debate organised by the Centre Maurits Coppieters, to speak about the situation of migrant and refugee women and girls in Europe and the outcomes of the #WomensVoices project, that was coordinated by the European Women’s Lobby (EWL). Our chair, Anna Zobnina spoke at the debate addressed to over 70 members of Centre Coppierters, including members of the European Free Alliance (EFA), academics and youth organisatoins.
You can read the full details of the debate here >>
Germany, April 2017, THIS COLLECTION OF PRAYERS BY AFRICAN WOMEN AND GIRLS was published by our German member, Maisha African Women and it documents the intimate thoughts, hopes and difficulties of refugee women as they travel towards and in Europe. From fleeing forced marriage and FGM to difficulties in obtaining legal status in Europe, to sex-, race- and religion-stereotyping – these are the private prayers of women and girls, looking to be understood.
“Merciful God, there is a stereotype of women of my religion that seems to dominate the Western media, as weak-willed and submissive and always likely to be veiled. Some even say we do not have opinions of our own and worse, we cannot express these opinions in the presence of men. I am angry at these portrayals, as I had my own business and was never known to without an opinion, as were many other women that I knew. Please help us to be understood Merciful God, and give us the ability to counteract these false images without our arguments or discussions being seen as religious. Help others to realise Merciful God, that like women everywhere we can be different and have similar hopes, ambitions and dreams for ourselves and our families.“
On 30 March, we had a pleasure to take part in the RightsCon 2017, the world’s leading event on the future of the internet, organised by Access Now. ENOMW participated in the summit’s stream Empowering at Risk Communities, and spoke at the panel The Digital is the Political: Anti-Oppression Resistance and an Introduction to Migrant Rights for Digital Advocates facilitated by Open Media. Other speakers included The Detention Forum UK, Empower Hack, Chayn and Refugee Info. The goal of this session was to learn more about how digital rights advocates can best amplify and support the work of human rights activists, without trampling over or diverting from the work that is already being done while learning.
Our Swedish member The National Federation of Immigrant Women Associations was one of the organizers of seminar on prostitution during #CSW61 in New York. Seminar took place on March 15th in Church of Sweden.
- Julie Bindel, writer, feminist, and co-founder of the law-reform group Justice for Women
- Gail Dines, Professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies at Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts
- Cherie Jimenez, Space International
- Per-Anders Sunesson, Ambassador at Large for Combating Trafficking in Persons, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Sweden
- Moderator: Clara Berglund, Secretary General of the Swedish Women’s Lobby
18 March, New York – Join us at the 61st Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) where RIFFI will present RIFFI’s findings about the economic vulnerability of refugee and migrant women in Nordic countries focusing on retired migrants.
Brussels, 7 March 2017, For immediate release:
On 8 March 2017, International Women’s Day,
Violence against women and girls: will Europe rise up in 2017?
This year’s celebration of International Women’s Day on 8 March, comes as a new opportunity for the European Union to take action against violence against women. The European Commission has declared 2017 the European Year of focused action to combat violence against women and girls.
A unique Coalition of more than 25 European-wide networks and NGOs dedicated to social justice and equality, the European Coalition to end violence against women and girls calls on the EU decision-makers to mark International Women’s Day with concrete actions.