GLOBAL FEMINIST PERSPECTIVE ON THE PANDEMIC: WHAT “NORMAL” DO WE EXPECT WHEN THE CRISIS IS OVER ?

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download article in PDF here GLOBAL FEMINIST PERSPECTIVE ON THE PANDEMIC: WHAT “NORMAL” DO WE EXPECT WHEN THE CRISIS IS OVER ? 30 March 2020 In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic and the measures taken by states to prevent its spread, European Network of Migrant Women wishes to offer our analysis of some of the aspects of this crisis, from a global feminist perspective.    ASYLUM SEEKING WOMEN AND GIRLS IN THE MIDST OF THE EPIDEMIC At the onset of the epidemic eruption, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDPC) published a set of measures to “help fight COVID-19”. Practically none of them could be applied in the accommodations where most refugees are housed currently.   Frequent hand disinfection – a perfectly simple step is impossible to implement in refugee facilities, as most of them do not have enough clean water, bathrooms or soap. The ECDPC advises […]

EUROPEAN WOMEN’S LOBBY’S STATEMENT ON COVID19

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Women must not pay the price for COVID-19: Putting equality between women and men at the heart of the response to COVID-19 across Europe see statement on European Women’s Lobby website The COVID-19 crisis is disproportionately impacting women and girls who are made vulnerable by our patriarchal and neoliberal capitalist system: a system that is not working for people or the planet, and most definitely not working for women and girls. In these immensely difficult times for all people and societies in Europe and globally, the EU and its Member States must show political leadership and urgently ensure that gender-sensitive responses are implemented so that the price of these current crises is not paid by women, most especially the most marginalised. On 5 March, the European Commission launched its strategy: “A Union of equality: Gender Equality Strategy 2020-2025” setting out the key priorities to put equality between women and men back at […]

STATEMENT ON THE SITUATION AT THE EU-TURKISH BORDER

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STATEMENT ON THE SITUATION AT THE EU-TURKISH BORDER Download statement in FR / ES / PT / EL / EN Brussels, 5 March 2020   We, the European Network of Migrant Women (ENoMW), are alerted by the ongoing situation in the Greek-Turkish border, following Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s decision to open its borders and by the subsequent steps taken by the Greek government to prevent displaced people from entering its territory, accompanied by the use of military force to fortify its borders. We call on the Greek government to respect European asylum law and international humanitarian law and put an end to the push-backs of displaced people to their countries and regions of origin, which violates the core principle of the 1951 Refugee Convention and International Human Rights Law, as well as to uphold legal access and procedures to new arrivals. Additionally, we call on the Greek authorities to refrain from the use of excessive and disproportionate force […]

LETTER TO EUROPEAN COMMISSION: THE FUTURE OF EU ANTI-TRAFFICKING COORDINATOR’S OFFICE

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On 16 January 2020 European Network of Migrant Women (ENoMW), supported by almost 100 civil society organisations, including international and national platforms and umbrella associations, sent a letter addressed to the European Commission’s Vice-President Margaritis Schinas and Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson. In this letter we asked the European Commission to extend the mandate of the EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator (ATC), Dr Myria Vassiliadou, due to come to an end on 29 February 2020. As an umbrella organisation representing the persons directly and disproportionally affected by the gendered crime of trafficking in Europe, we are particularly concerned with the future of the quality of work carried by the office of the EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator –  including transparency, the rule of law, solidarity, victim-centered appraoch, the principles of equality between women and men and gender mainstreaming – all the aspects of the EU anti-trafficking work that we are pleased to have […]

INTERNATIONAL DAY TO END FGM: SOCIAL NORMS AIMED AT CONTROLLING WOMEN’S BODIES

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DOWNLOAD ARTICLE HERE   The 6th of February is a well-known date for NGOs, CSOs and activists committed to end Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). As the international day against FGM will highlight existing projects and good practises to end it, it is also a great moment to focus on the unknown – or less known – social norms aimed at controlling women’s bodies.  Growing up, virginity ​and hymen were the topi​cs of conversations with my fellow girl friends. Virginity was, for us, a key to a successful, blessed, honorific and socially well-approved marriage. ​As part of our social existence​, virginity and marriage are tied to each other. Marriage is the main objective and greatest achievement for young girls to be accepted and treated as a respected woman within their families and at a larger scale, their communities. Several ways to protect virginity and to ensure that young girls will one day become wives, […]

CEDAW REGIONAL CONSULTATION: GENERAL RECOMMENDATION ON ARTICLE SIX

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30 January 2020, Vienna European Network of Migrant Women took part in anther round of expert consultation on the General Recommendation Article 6 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), convened by Vienna by the CEDAW Commission, United Nations Office for High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC), Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the Austrian government. Together with gthe experts from UN Agencies and Civil society organisations we discussed the situation of Trafficking in Women and Girls in the Eastern-European region and provided our recommendations to the the General Recommendations on the Trafficking in Women and Girls in the Context of Global Migration that the CEDAW Committee is set to produce by the end of 2020.