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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.


OUR LATEST NEWS

ENOMW IS TO REPRESENT EUROPE IN CPDE MIGRANTS CONSTITUENCY

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Berlin, 28-30 June 2017

ENOMW has been elected to represent the European region, together with AFFORD Platform UK, in the International Coordinating Group (ICG) of the Migrant & Diaspora Constituency of Civil Society Organisations Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE).

 

 

This election followed the ENOMW taking part in the meeting of CPDE’s constituency that took place in Berlin 28-30 June and coincided with the Global Migration Forum, where CPDE also held a side event dedicated to migrants and diasporas around the world.  ENOMW spoke at the side event, along with our partners from IIPSOCULTA-Apofam, FUIE USA, Confederation Nationale des Travailleurs du Senegal, Pacwin PIANGO, Pacific Region and CPDE-Nigeria.

The workshop emphasized CPDE as an advantageous platform for development effectiveness of Migrant-Diaspora issues through membership engagement, platform coordination, creating enabling environments, Human Rights-based approaches, South-South cooperation and a 2030 Agenda foci. Presentations centered on the theme of development effectiveness, its links to migration and mobility, especially in conflict and fragile contexts.

We are looking forward to working jointly with a diverse and global group of migrant & diaspora organisations, and, in particular bringing the feminist perspective in the discussions on effective support of the disadvantaged regions through active participation of the European female migrants.

 

ENOMW STATEMENT ON FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION (FGM)

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Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Violence against Women and Girls. Male control over Female Bodies.  Not “Islamic tradition”. Not “private matter”.

 

Brussels, 6 July 2017

We, the European Network of Migrant Women (ENOMW), are alerted by the recent statements by Tariq Ramadan, the President of the European Muslim Network (EMN), regarding the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in relation to the Muslim culture and tradition. Even more concerning is the EMN president’s call to discuss FGM “privately” and to restrain from publicly condemning individuals who condone this form of violence against women, in order to protect these individuals’ religious status and position of power.

ENOMW denounces, in strongest terms, any traditional, cultural or religious justification of FGM – a crime against women under international human rights law and a serious violation of women’s bodily, sexual and psychological integrity. We refute Tariq Ramadan’s personal & pseudo-religious interpretations of FGM, as well as his view that, under any circumstances at all, the discussions on FGM should be held privately within religious communities. Like any other crime and form of violence, FGM is never a “private” business. Anyone justifying this practice – regardless of their social status and achievements – promotes violence against women and male control of female bodies.

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INTERNATIONAL DETENTION COALITION CALLING FOR FUNDAMENTALLY DIFFERENT APPROACH TO THE IMMIGRATION DETENTION OF MIGRANTS IN EUROPE

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ENOMW joins the International Detention Coalition Members and partners in expressing our collective concern that, “A Fundamentally Different Approach is Needed” to the immigration detention of migrants in Europe.

In advance of a consultation with key civil society stakeholders from 22-23 June 2017 at the Council of Europe Headquarters in Strasbourg, over 30 national, regional and international civil society organisations have drafted a joint statement, which will be presented to the European Committee on Legal Co-operation (CDCJ) who is carrying out a codifying exercise on a detailed set of immigration detention rules based on existing international and regional human rights standards relating to the conditions of detention of migrants.

The important task of codifying existing international standards has been entrusted by CDCJ to a Committee of experts established under its authority: the Committee of experts on administrative detention of migrants (CJ-DAM).

The elaboration of the draft codifying instrument started in May 2016 and is expected to be completed in 2018

 

READ full Joint Statement_COE administrative detention of migrants

NADIA BAKHSHI AWARD

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The Nadia Bakhshi Award* is established by Melissa Network with the support of Refu-Aid and the European Network of Migrant Women and will be given to refugee women in order to support their education and their contribution to social change.

The award is named in the honour of Nadia Bankhshi who lost her life in Serbia in December 2016. She was leading the way for her daughter and two grandchildren away from oppression, to a world where she hoped that human rights would be respected.

 

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WORLD REFUGEE DAY, 20 JUNE

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Today, on World Refugee Day, we want to express our support for all those women and children around the world looking for a place to live in peace.

European Network of Migrant Women in Eleonas Refugee camp

Today, on World Refugee Day, we want to express our support for all those women and children around the world looking for a place to live in peace.

Opslået af European Network of Migrant Women (ENoMW) på 20. juni 2017

STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY WITH REFUGEE WOMEN AND GIRLS

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Brussels, 9 June 2017

“I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own” ― Audre Lorde

On 2-4 June European Network of Migrant Women (ENOMW) held their AGM in Athens, hosted by the Melissa Network - a grassroots initiative that works on capacity building and empowerment of migrant and refugee women and girls. During our meeting, we also visited a refugee camp.

 
We, as a network, reject the term “refugee crisis”. The devastating situation in which thousands of refugees, including women and girls, are caught, is not their crisis. It is a crisis of the European values and priorities and an outcome of the unsustainable political and economic model, pursued by the global patriarchal institutions.

 

After being in Athens for only a few days it is plain to see the toll that having a refugee status has on an individual’s life. In the case of a woman, whose entire life is aggravated by patriarchal discrimination, this toll is deep, lasting and pervasive. The male violence - rape, trafficking, and sexploitation - and the oppression of refugee women and girls takes interpersonal, familial, structural and legal forms. To make it worse, the society holds women accountable for this oppression by calling it women’s issues and not the perpetrators’ issues.

 
ENOMW is convinced that centralising women’s security, safety and well-being is not only the solution to ending violence and discrimination against female refugees. It is the way to address the violence and inequality that are at the root of the crisis caused by the pervasive militarism, imperialist warfare, and patriarchal exploitation of the most vulnerable.

 
We demand recognition, investment and structural support for grassroots initiatives working with refugee women and girls. Our partner NGOs who are concerned with the current refugee situation must prioritise women in their analysis, services and funding and invest in refugee women leadership. This leadership cannot be achieved through traditional charity, harm reduction or tokenism. This leadership requires political self-determination, economic independence and structural empowerment of female refugees.

 
To achieve this refugee women should be able to work and assemble separately, as well as be the equal partners in wider structures of decision-making and organising. By this we mean that women should be given their own spaces, services, funding and platforms that will allow them to define the concerns and needs that they identify as important. Recognising the importance of women’s spaces should be motivated by a feminist drive, which demands that women actively seek to be liberated from sexist, racist and class discrimination. It also demands that we recognise that the current refugee situation is a crisis of the colonial heritage of the patriarchal rules that should end.

 
This feminist drive is based on female solidarity that acknowledges that women and girls, all around the globe, share a common struggle and a common enemy. In order to resist, women and girls must come together to organise, empower one another and lead, and, by doing so, create a strong, independent movement that will lead to a more effective and conscientious social cohesion. By prioritising women and girls, we will move towards equality and liberation for all.

 

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DOWNLOAD THE STATEMENT HERE >>> ENOMW Refugee Women Solidarity June 2017

 

 

 

Annual General Meeting in Athens, 2-4 June

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phot. Pamela Gąsiorowski
Network's members at Melissa Network in Athens

 

We just came back from our general assembly in Athens. We were hosted by one of our members Melissa Network and spent three days discussing feminism from a refugee and migrant perspective. We also voted to accept the new members and we elected the new board of the Network. We are happy to announce that the new chair of the Network is Salome Mbugua, founder of AkiDwA, co founder of Wezeshadada organization and our previous vice-chair. The new members of the Board are Mina Jaf from Women Refugee Route, Noura Raad from Forum Femmes Méditerannée, Lucy Pollo Castillo from Por ti Mujer and Katherine Mahoro from Down to Basic Network. We are looking forward to work together for the next year!

 

UN SECURITY COUNCIL: SEXUAL VIOLENCE IN CONFLICT. SPEECH BY MINA JAF

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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 >>>

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NGO MAJOR GROUP POSITION PAPER FOR 2017 HIGH-LEVEL POLITICAL FORUM

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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

READ FULL NGO MG Paper for HLPF 2017