SMART VOLUNTEERING FOR MIGRANT WOMEN: REPORT

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Volunteering: Perceptions, Experience and Barriers among Migrant Women, NGOs and Private Sector in Six European Countries    Volunteering as an integration method has been highly beneficial to any participant and the receiving society. However, there is a lack of knowledge and data about migrant volunteering in European countries. As a multi-agency cooperation project, SMART Volunteering aims to fill this gap by exploring understanding of volunteering among migrant women and the crucial roles of civil society organizations and business actors in creating the conditions conducive to social integration. The research works on broadening traditional concept of volunteering by highlighting its more strategic aspects . This summary report, collated by the European Network of Migrant Women, is based on the national reports  in Belgium, Cyprus, France, Italy, Spain and United Kingdom, written by SMART Volunteering partner organisations. DOWNLOAD THE REPORT SMART Project is Co-funded by the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund of the European […]

CEDAW – WOMEN-CENTERED WAYS OF WORKING WITH MIGRANT WOMEN

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The piece below aims to raise awareness about CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women) through imagining her as a real woman. It offers a brief insight into the issues women migrants might be up against and offers suggestions for actions on the ground service providers could take to support women migrants with their struggles. These solutions and suggestions emerge from the women-centred framework being developed to address needs of women migrants through Connecting Opportunities – a project based in the UK. Connecting Opportunities works with new migrants to develop their skills and opportunities to find work and be part of the local community. It is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery, through the Big Lottery Fund.   If CEDAW Was a Real Woman Women-Centred Ways of Working with Women Migrants CEDAW was born on 3rd September 1981. If she was […]

Joint Statement Of Concern On Shrinking Civil Society Space And Increasing Private Sector Exclusivity At UN

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Disgrace at the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development Big Alcohol, Big Oil and Big Pharma hold meeting in the heart of the UN New York, United Nations, July 19, 2018 – Civil society groups express deep concern about presence of harmful industries at the United Nations and during the UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development   The fact that private sector invitation-only events take place in the heart of the UN is deeply concerning. In this way, well-funded private sector front groups are able to monopolize the conversation on matters of public concern, further fueling problems of intransparency and monopolizing the definition of problems and accepted solutions. Harmful industries should have no place at discussions about solutions to the problems that their products, business models and business practices are causing in the first place. 

Landmark philanthropic summit — including Emma Watson, Marai Larasi, Pragna Patel — calls for more philanthropic support to end violence against girls and women

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  From Violence to a Place of Power: A Funder Convening on Movement Building to End Sexual Violence 20 July 2018—The movement to end violence against girls and women is gaining global momentum due to the dynamic and courageous work of grassroots activists, yet their work faces growing threats and needs more support and solidarity from across philanthropy, a day-long convening of activists, funders, journalists and culture shapers said in London on 10 July 2018. From Violence to a Place of Power: A Funder Convening on Movement Building to End Sexual Violence was convened by NoVo Foundation, Oak Foundation, Unbound Philanthropy and Ariadne, and facilitated by Jude Kelly, to explore how philanthropy can radically increase its support for the movement to end violence against all girls and women. Deepening a conversation that began at a similar convening of U.S. funders in New York in April, the London convening sought to […]

MIGRANT WOMEN & SEXUAL REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND RIGHTS

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Article originally published on 21/12/2017, by The European NGOs for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Population and Development < here > Migrant women and girls and their access to SRHR in Europe While thinking about sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), Europe is praised for its leadership, however the inequities related to various SRHR aspects remain across different regions or certain groups. Read this inspiring interview with Anna Zobnina of the European Network of Migrant Women who shared with us the struggles faced by migrant women in the European continent and concrete recommendations related to these challenges.

BE ENOMW VOLUNTEER !

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Are you a feminist based in Belgium or willing to relocate to Belgium ? Are you passionate about the fight for the rights of migrant, refugee and ethnic minority women in Europe ? Do you share our values and mission ? Apply to volunteer in our Brussels Office for the period of three to six months, from September 2018. Submit your CV/Motivation letter to: intern@migrantwomennetwork.org Note: As a migrant women led platform priority among applicants will be given to migrant, refugee and ethnic minority women

GERMANY: SUMMER CAMP FOR YOUTH

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  We are pleased to take part in organising a Youth Summer Camp “Escape to Europe – Live in Europe: Final Destination Integration”  , coordinated by the Jugendakademie Walberberg, in partnership with Archive and More Scotland and Babel Italy . The camp takes place on 16-29 July in Bronheim-Walberberg and will include a range of sport, cultural and awareness raising activities aimed at establishing multi-cultural dialogue and solidarity among youth and with specific focus on the needs and rights of young women. Young migrant women, members of our network, will participate in the camp, together with our trainers. for more information contact: info@migrantwomennetwork.org  

ONE YEAR SINCE EU’s ACCESSION TO ISTANBUL CONVENTION: DISAPPOINTING LACK OF PROGRESS

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Disappointing lack of progress on violence against women one year after EU signing landmark Treaty  Brussels, 13 June 2018 – On the occasion of the first anniversary of the signature of the Istanbul Convention by the European Union (EU), the European Coalition to end Violence against Women and Girls regrets that strong progress towards the ratification has been hindered by retrograde forces, and calls for concluding the process without further delay. Violence against women threatens the security of half of the population in the EU, affecting over 250 million women and girls. One in three women has experienced physical and/or sexual violence since the age of 15 and 96% of EU citizens consider that violence against women is unacceptable. European citizens want action and there is no more time to waste.  The Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combatting Violence against women and domestic violence, the Istanbul Convention, is […]

FUNDAMENTALISM AND NEO-LIBERALISM: IMPACT ON WOMEN AND MINORITY RIGHTS

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You are warmly invited to a seminar on Tuesday 22nd of May, 9:00-12:00, in room A7F387, European Parliament, Brussels, organised jointly by the Culture Project, the European Network of Migrant Women, and the Coppieters Foundation. The seminar will bring together experts and activists from around Europe to critically examine the intersection between the different forms of fundamentalism and the neoliberal agenda, and its impact on the collective rights of women and minorities in Europe. Please see more details below. Inquiries: info@migrantwomennetwork.org   COLLUSION OF FUNDAMENTALISM & NEO-LIBERALISM: ITS IMPACT ON WOMEN AND MINORITY RIGHTS BACKGROUND: The last two decades have witnessed a rapid rise of fundamentalism, the far right, and other extremist, even violent, movements across the globe. From the USA and the UK, to Russia, Turkey, and Poland, the extremist organisations driven by radical religious and nationalist ideologies, have been jeopardising the rights of women, sexual minorities, and migrants. These movements […]