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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. READ MORE …
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.
Our outgoing chair Anna Zobnina, new Chair Salome Mbugua and new vice-chair Mina Halabjai took part in demonstration Loud and United on June 8th in Brussels. Together with feminist organizations, hundreds of women and a feminist legend Gloria Stainem we demonstrated against all forms of violence against women and girls.
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 […]
phot. Pamela GąsiorowskiNetwork’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!
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 >>>
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 […]