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 40 migrant women grass-root and advocacy groups in 20 European countries.
REFUGEE GIRL CHILD IN THE GLOBAL COMPACTS
Women and girls who flee conflict, crisis and natural disasters, or who migrate for other reasons, such as domestic violence or poverty, face specific threats, including human trafficking, exploitation and sexual violence and a denial of their basic human rights. Yet there is a lack of interest and understanding for the specific situation of women and girls on the move by decision-makers and the media. In addition, despite gains in policy and practice in recent years, the capacities of refugee women and girls are too often overlooked. They are underserved, poorly protected, and excluded from decision-making processes.
FEMINIST, REFUGEE, YOUNG WOMAN ACTIVIST
Brussels, 29 November
It is not a coincident that Mina Jaf, an Iraqi-Kurdish feminist, a refugee and a proud European resident, was awarded the prize in Youth Activism Category of 2017 Women of Europe Award.
Mina is a tireless advocate for the rights of women, with the focus of her work and activism on female refugees across Europe and beyond. In 2015 she founded her NGO Women Refugee Route, to empower migrant and refugee women to access their rights and to become effective self-advocates. Based in Denmark, Mina works in Greece, Italy and other locations with high numbers of refugees. In June 2017 she was elected the Vice President of European Network of Migrant Women to become a source of inspiration and wisdom for all of our members !
The Women in Europe Awards, created by the European Movement International and the European Women’s Lobby, are handed out annually to honour women striving to advance the European project in their professional or private capacity as the role of women in the European project remains largely unrecognised. The awards highlight the contribution of women in promoting and advancing European issues, and to increase their presence and involvement in debates about Europe and its future.
Well done Mina and keep up your great feminist work !
Copenhagen, 24-25 November
To mark the 16 Days of Activism Campaign against Gender Based Violence we went to Copenhagen where, together with our Danish member Women Refugee Route (WRR), we organised a public event “Security and Tradition OR Violence against Women? Istanbul Convention and the Universal Rights of Female Migrants“. Our event also coincided with the publication of GREVIO Evaluation Report on Denmark released on 24 November, with one of the shadow rapporteurs to the GREVIO Committee as one of the panelist.
Why Denmark? Why Istanbul Convention? Why Migrant Women?
Denmark is known as one of the most progressive states in Europe. Not accidentally, the Business Insider ranks Denmark as “the second best country for women to live in”. But how accurate is this ranking and what factors do we consider when we name a place “best” for women?
WOMEN RIGHTS IN TURBULENT TIMES
Brussels, 20-21 November
European Network of Migrant Women took part in the 2017 EU Colloquium on Fundamental Rights that was held in Brussels under the patronage of EC Vice-President Mr France Timmermans and this year was dedicated to the Rights of Women. The event brought together several hundreds of legal experts, activists, academics and specialist service providers in the area of women’s rights, gender equality and violence against women.
Following the opening speeches that included a very powerful presentation by the prominent UK historian Mary Beard, who emphasized the pervasive tradition of attacking women’s free speech and self-expression in Europe, the floor was open to the participants through a series of thematic discussions covering a range of subjects: from women in decision-making, economy, employment and science to violence against women.
“It is important to understand how deeply silencing of women is ingrained in the Western culture”, Mary Beard
North Rhine Westphalia, 21-22 November
European Network of Migrant Women participated to a Study Visit to North Rhine Westphalia (NRW), Germany. The visit was organised by European Social Fund Transnational Platform, EU-Thematic Network on Migrants and brought together ESF managing authorities, intermediate bodies and civil society organisations. The theme of the study was the role of business sector in the integration of migrants.
Four different projects/initiatives were presented to show the importance of employment involvement in labour market integration programmes:
- Education and employment of migrants in the health care sector, University Teaching Hospital Essen
- Labour market policies in NRW and initiative ‘that’s what we do’,
- PerMenti: Integration of qualified migrant women into the labour market
- Seamless labour market integration from education to vocational training and employment, Evonik & RE/init.
We are pleased to invite you to Copenhagen to our event SECURITY & TRADITION OR VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN? Istanbul Convention and the Universal Rights of Female Migrants that will take place in Copenhagen on 24th of November. The panel is organized together with our Danish member Women Refugee Route.
Across the world man-made and natural disasters, war and conflict are intensifying.
Europe has responded to this by increasingly militarising borders and externalising migration management to countries and regimes that women and girls are trying to flee. For these women, the price of freedom and justice is now subject to multiple forms of male violence en route. Those who make it to Europe continue to face abuse and discrimination through their asylum process
The few lucky ones who are granted refugee status are then confronted with labour and social exclusion, marginalising them from the outset.
They are also at risk of poverty, prostitution and sexual exploitation, while the violence they face within their own communities is justified on the grounds of “culture” and “tradition”.
For the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign starting on 25 November (the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women), European Network of Migrant Women and Women Refugee Route are organising a two-panel event to discuss the situation of migrant & refugee women in Europe.
Brussels, 8 November 2017
Over 26 West African females, suspected to be from Nigeria and aged 14-18, have been found dead in the Mediterranean Sea in the recent days. The death of migrants at sea, from being a “tragedy” once, has now become a “norm” in Europe.
In the case of Sub Saharan females whose lives have been lost en route to Europe, it is an outcome of the border management aggressively pursued by the European institutions. It is also an outcome of systemic male violence perpetrated against women at every stage of their journeys, outside and within Europe.
While the Italian authorities are investigating this criminal case, European Network of Migrant Women condemns, in strongest terms, this act of Violence against Women, and is calling for timely, lawful and effective investigation in which the primacy of human rights should be respected above “security”, “political” and “economic” motives, in accordance with the EU Treaties and Charter of Rights.
Brussels, 18 October 2017, EU Day Against Trafficking
Overview of Crisis
As of June 2017, the number of “migrants” which in this case references all those arriving by sea to
Italy, rose by 21% in comparison to the same period in 2016. These official statistics present a
composite number of economic migrants, refugees, as well as the victims of trafficking in human
beings. Nationals of Nigeria closely followed by Guinea account for the largest number of the
“migrants” utilising the central Mediterranean route to southern Italy. Statistics would suggest that
most of those arriving are young Nigerian males subjectively categorised as economic migrants
escaping poverty or civil unrest within their respective nations and becoming the victims the
smugglers on their way to Europe.
However, the statistics negate the sharp increase in the number of Nigerian women arriving in Italy.
As of March 2017, the International Organisation for Migration estimates that there has been an
almost ten-fold increase in the number of Nigerian women being trafficked to Italy and Europe
into prostitution, as well as, the worst form of it, the actual sexual slavery. This is an increase from
just over 1000 to over 11,000 in just three years; this is a women’s crisis.
Edinburgh, 10-11 October 2017
We are extremely delighted to have been able to support and take part in the “International Interdisciplinary Conference on Gender Studies and the Status of Women” organised by our Supporting Member Women Being Project , jointly with Queen Margaret University of Edinburgh. The conference brought together participants from over 25 countries and gave them the opportunity to share and explore a range of diverse issues across several fundamental areas of women’s rights globally: justice, employment, education, health, gender stereotypes, religion and culture, as well as cross cutting patriarchal violence against women and girls.
We hope to be able to take part in their event next year again !
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