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.
Join our Belgian members, Isala asbl, La voix des Femmes, AWSA-Be جمعية تضامن المرأة العربية Arab Women’s Solidarity Association, Oasis Belgium, on the 10 December for an evening dedicated to Women and Migration, the screening of the film “This is my Home Now” and discussion with its director, Belgian-Moroccan feminist artist, Saddie Choua.
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On 30 August 2019, European Network of Migrant Women, along with a group of civil society experts, participated in the regional CEDAW Consultation expert meeting [Consultation on CEDAW Art 6], organised by our Finnish member MONIKA -Multicultural Women Association (and umbrella platform of 16 migrant women NGOs in Finland) and National Council of Women of Finland.
The outcomes of the meeting state:
“The Monika – Multicultural Women’s Association, Finland and the National Council of Women of Finland underline that trafficking in human beings and exploitation in prostitution are severe forms of violence against women. We urge the importance to take all necessary efforts to decrease and prevent these human rights violations.
We strongly encourage the CEDAW to re-consider the chosen framework of the forthcoming General Recommendation on Trafficking of Women and Girls in the Context of Global Migration and protect women and girls from violence and exploitation as well as to abolish the use of the term “forced prostitution” and “sex work”.
We strongly claim, that the image of women and girls who make independent choices on prostitution is problematic. Female minors, women migrants, racialised women, and women in difficult life situations are particularly vulnerable to exploitation and violence. For many women in prostitution, violence is part of their everyday life, and violence is often one of the underlying reasons for women to become involved in prostitution.
An expanding sex-industry involves expanding violence and abuse of minors, undocumented persons and other people in vulnerable situations. In our view, it is both patronizing and racist to present the selling of sex as an acceptable route out of poverty.
There is strong evidence that trafficking, prostitution and exploitation of women and girls in vulnerable situations are linked to other forms of violence against women. The choice to be educated, to have a decent job, and a salary to feed one’s family should not have to be achieved through exploitation.”
THE STATEMENT OF
RadicalGirlsss, the Young Women Group of the European Network of Migrant Women
INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ELIMINATION OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
On the occasion of the 25th of November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, we, the Radical Girlsss are obliged to take a strong position in the struggle and defence of the Human Rights of women and girls.
WE DENOUNCE the patriarchal violence to which we are subjected every day in its many manifestations. We denounce femicide, rape and sexual aggression, sexual exploitation, street and workplace harassment, institutional male violence, the wage gap, economic violence, among many other forms of violence that continue to threaten and condition the lives of women and girls around the world.
WE FIGHT against this system, in which violence and exploitation of women’s bodies is fully normalized, affirming that prostitution, pornography and surrogacy are exacerbated forms of violence against women that disproportionately affect migrant women and girls. We refuse to accept that the bodies, reproductive capacity and lives of young women may be for sale or rent, may be a source of entertainment, or may legitimately fuel a criminal industry.
WE ACKNOWLEDGE that women and girls around the world face a variety of harmful practices, in many cases justified by culture or religion, that perpetuate gender stereotypes, such as forced marriage or female genital mutilation. These forms of control of the life and the sexuality, especially of young women and girls, amount to violence against women and must be opposed and eliminated.
WE DEMAND States, as well as their police and judicial authorities, to renew, today and in a lasting manner, their commitment to the dignity of women and girls, their commitment to ensure that we live a life free of male violence. This commitment is, on the one hand, moral, because more than half of the population cannot be left to live under constant violence. But we want to make it clear that it is also a legal commitment, acquired through the ratification of Human Rights instruments such as the CEDAW Convention or the Istanbul Convention. Therefore, we will remain vigilant to ensure that they assume the obligation of effective implementation, and to hold them accountable when they violate our Human Rights.
Today, the RadicalGirlsss want to recognise the tireless struggle of the Feminist Movement at a global level for a world free of male violence, with special emphasis on young women and girls, who day by day assume the leadership of this struggle.
SMART Volunteering for Female Migrants, European Economic Social Committee
Brussels, 22 November 2019
On 21 November we held the final conference of the EU-Funded AMIF project “SMART Volunteering for Female Migrants“, hosted by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), that focused on a multi-stakeholder approach to labour integration of migrant women by means of structured volunteering, as a potential path to employment in Europe.
Over 60 participants, including the EU-wide platforms, policy-makers, specialist NGOs and individual migrant women, came together to listen, exchange and discuss the intersections between employment, volunteering and migration policies, with specific focus on highly skilled migrant women, and the role different actors – such as NGOs, business and migrant women themselves – can play in facilitating female migrants’ access to labour market.
Valencia, 14 November 2019
Por ti Mujer Association, a member organisation of the European Network of Migrant Women, held an event “Commodification of Migrant Women’s Bodies”, in the framework of the XVI Conference against gender-based violence «Si l’ajudes, pot» organised by the Department of Women and Equality of the City of Valencia. The event was opened by Lucy Polo, the president of the Association and a Colombian refugee. Juliana Jiménez Ledesma, a member of Radical Girlsss of ENOMW, presented the “Brussels’ Call: the fight against sexual exploitation at European and international level” and the Nordic/Equality Model, also known as the abolitionist model. She also presented ENOMW’s poster-campaign “Rise Up Against Oppression” aimed at raising awareness on the intersections between sexual exploitation of women and other forms of structural oppression. Another presenter, a Nigerian native Vivian Ntih, spoke about her experience as an African woman trafficked into prostitution, in her talk “Trafficking and prostitution: the value of the African black woman”. Stefanía Hincapié of Por Ti Mujer closed the event with the reading of the Manifesto against the Objectification of Women’s Bodies.
Learn more about the event and other activities of Por Ti Mujer : https://asociacionportimujer.org
Vilnius, 12-14 November 2019
European Network of Migrant Women took part, in the capacity of representative of European Women’s Lobby (EWL), in the international conference and an expert meeting, We are Safe in Our City, organised by the Lithuanian National Association of Women Rights, Women’s Issues Information Centre and the Klaipeda Social and Psychological Services Centre. The Conference was dedicated to discussing the manifestations of violence against women, its consequences, legal effects and liability, with a particular focus on sexual violence, sharing the best practices on prevention, assistance to the victims of violence and interinstitutional cooperation. It brought together international experts and professionals working in the field from Icelandic, Latvian, Estonian, Swedish, Ukrainian, UK and US non-governmental and victim support organizations and specialists of the Specialized Assistance Centers, stakeholders from regional law enforcement authorities, Ministries representatives.
Our call for more humane, transparent and effective resources for asylum and migration in the Union
6 November, Brussels
As EU co-legislators resume discussions on the basis of their negotiating mandates on the Asylum and Migration Fund (AMF) proposal, the undersigned organisations are joining forces to reiterate and highlight key recommendations and concerns . This statement should be read jointly with the detailed comments and exhaustive analysis of the proposal issued by the undersigned organisations .
The undersigned organisations acknowledge that the next Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF 2021-2027) negotiations are taking place during a challenging time. The substantial increase in funding proposed for asylum and migration is, however, welcomed by the undersigned civil society organisations (CSOs) and UN agencies, as a well-resourced AMF can play an important role in ensuring a rights-based and holistic approach to asylum and migration in the European Union.
Furthermore, we anticipate that the ongoing negotiations might result in delays and implementation gaps for EU-funded programmes in 2021. It is, thus, essential that Member States invest in their own national budgets to avoid European funds becoming the only source of funding available to support asylum and migration programmes. The AMF funds are and should remain complementary to national budgets, and actions financed through this instrument should have a strong European added value.
“No one gets trafficked because they are vulnerable but because someone benefits from it. If we get rid of profiteers, we can fight against trafficking of women and girls.” – Myria Vassiliadou, European Commission Anti-Trafficking Coordinator at Brussels’ Call
The European Network of Migrant Women participated in the European Week of Action to End Sexual Exploitation (13-18 October 2019) organised by European Women’s Lobby.
Although it has been five years since the European Parliament adopted the Honeyball Resolution which recognises that prostitution violates human dignity and human rights and is a form of violence against women, there is still a lack of viable action in European institutions. Progress has been achieved with Northern Ireland (2015), France (2016) and the Republic of Ireland (2017) joining the Nordic countries, Sweden, Norway and Iceland, by introducing the Equality Model. Nevertheless, sexual exploitation of women remains a crucial component of sex-based discrimination across Europe and the globe. It is therefore of the utmost importance that we come together and call on European leaders to take action through the implementation of European legislative on prostitution.
On 21 November 2019, European Network of Migrant Women, together with our partners in the SMART Volunteering Project, will hold a conference on the socio-economic integration of migrant women, hosted by the European Socio-Economic Committee, in Brussels. The event will include the presentation of findings and methodologies for the multi-agency approach to integration of highly skilled migrant women, through targeted assisted volunteering programmes. It will be concluded with a multi-agency interactive workshop.
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