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.
Unseen victims, untold stories – Why violence faced by asylum seeking and refugee women remains invisible in the European Union?
Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 11:00 – 13:00
COPERNICO SCIENCE14, 14b Rue de la Science, Brussels
We warmly invite you on the 17th of September at 11 am, to discuss, what can be done to assure that asylum seeking women victims of gender-based violence can access their rights in the European Union.
In this event we will present findings from a project titled “Co-creating a counselling method for refugee women gender-based violence victims” funded by the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme. In the project we used innovative research methodologies to collect information on the phenomena of gender-based violence in the refugee context, and to uncover the stories of the women.(more…)
All our lives, as girls, as young women, we have been told over and over that women never invented, women never created, women never existed.
When we were girls and first started reading, books taught us that boys could do anything – explore and conquer, fight injustice, save others and themselves. The same books never showed that girls were able to do the same. They made us believe that we were supposed to wait around for a boy to come and save us. Because in books and fairytales, the only women with power are witches and we are told that witches are bad. They are destined to be ugly, mean and always alone.
When we were girls and first started going to school, we looked around and all we saw were boys – running around, occupying space like it was theirs, exploring and conquering, similar to the books we read. Girls? We were stuck on the sides, always discreet, always calm, because a girl is supposed to be that way, right? Pretty with nice clothes that prevent us from running, nice hair that prevent us from seeing. Soft and sweet, unable to defend ourselves when boys came to lift our skirts or stole kisses, unable to find help because the adults used to always look the other way and say “boys will be boys”.
A Letter to the Young Woman I Once Was (And Still Am)
One day, you will look back and realize that there was no shame in being angry.
You will look back and realize that you were nor selfish, nor wrong to object and to speak to structures in which women, of all ages and all backgrounds, are systematically oppressed.
Systematically disregarded. Systematically wounded. Systematically harmed. Systematically scarred. Systematically beaten. Systematically brutalized. Systematically raped. Systematically killed. Systematically silenced.
One day, you will look back and realize that your outcries, your “no’s”, your resistance, they were fundamental for you to not engage in the same patterns of silent obedience and acquiescence. You will realize that your conscient objection had a deeper meaning: that of leaving a world behind in which girls, like the one you once were, are not systematically oppressed.
Systematically coerced. Systematically scared. Systematically dead.
Speak, young woman, speak out. Question, young woman, question those codes which want to reduce you to a body. A mother, a wife. A tomb. Question that which smells and feels unfair.
Scream, young woman, scream your no’s and your wants, scream your don’ts and your knots.
Use your body as a political tool.
When asked to write the first post, we took the task with so much enthusiasm, although we weren’t convinced about the different topics of discussion. Then, we spent a couple of hours writing down sentences about prostitution, feminism, solidarity and equality, but as the words were taking form on the document, it sounded so academic and very far from our own feelings.
That’s why we found ourselves deleting different sentences and writing down disconnected thoughts around anger and vulnerability.
Anger, as young women are trying so hard to resist, while fighting to ensure that our existence is recognized.
We resist, even when the world doesn’t notice that we exist.
Vulnerability, as days pass and we find ourselves compromising our dreams, and, inevitably, our own emotions.
Anger, despair, a world in which girls are not free to express their concerns led to the creation of Radical Girlsss.
WEBINAR DATE: 28 March 3pm CET
We are taking part in the webinar “Counter Voices of migrant, including undocumented and refugee women against neo-right Populism and other threats”, organised by WIDE+ !
Webinar Description: How voices of organised migrant, including undocumented and refugee women, counter neo-right Populism and other threats: Strategies and Practices
– Jelena Hrnjak – Program manager at Atina (Serbia)
– Alyna Smith – Platform International Cooperation Undocumented Migrants (PICUM)
– Anna Zobnina – European Network of Migrant Women (ENoMW)
– Sodfa Daaji – Afrika Youth Movement / ENoMW
– Jennifer Kamau – International Women Space
FEMINIST FORUM, organised by European Parliament Coalition GUE/NGL
BRUSSELS, 7 MARCH 2019
YOUNG MIGRANT WOMEN RESISTING PATRIARCHAL VIOLENCE
“The topic of my speech today is about building a feminist generation, that will be a strong feminist generation. It is about the young migrant women who, like all women, are the victims of violence, linked to the fact that we still live in a world where men are in charge; a world of men’s domination.
The young migrant women experience high pressure in the country of origin, and they also play a crucial role in fighting the male oppression.
For this reason young women often leave the country of origin to study abroad, or to find a job, or to look for a better life, to flee men’s control. These women arrive with skills, capacity, and full of energy, and again, suddenly, are dominated by men. This is a vicious circle for them in which men try to gain control over them, over and over again.
MANIFESTO 8 MARCH 2019: IN THE FACE OF BARBARISM, FIGHT FOR FEMINISM
More must be done to help women and girl refugees and migrants
– Council of Europe, Athens, 3 October 2018 (source: Council of Europe)
At a Council of Europe conference today in Athens to focus on challenges faced by women and girl refugees and migrants, Anna Zobnina, Strategy & Policy Coordinator for the European Network of Migrant Women stressed that not enough is being done to care for the specific needs of women and girl migrants.
More should be done to construct facilities for women specific needs, she told some 100 participants, including government staff and NGOs dealing with refugees in both origin and destination countries.
Many more boys are being officially recorded as unaccompanied, but what about the girls, she stressed, pointing out that half of the refugee population is made up of women and girls: “Girls are going missing”.