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 Gąsiorowski Network’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 […]
29 April, London- We are delighted to have taken part in the conference “Defending Progressivism” – a day-long conference that focused on defending social-progressivism (Feminism, LGBT Rights, Freedom of Speech, Environmentalism, Secularism and Irreligiosity) organised by the Culture Project and Canatus News. ENOMW took part in the panel on “Racism, Far Right and Refugee Rights”. Below is the video of the panel “Feminist Mobilisation” chaired by Houzan Mahmoud, Kurdish Feminist and co-founder of the Culture Project, featuring Rahila Gupta, feminist academic, writer and board member of Southhall Black Sisters, Sarah Khan, co-founder of INSPIRE, Gita Sahgal, director of Centre for Secular Space, and Sadia Hameed of Critical Sisters.
On 31 March we were invited to take part in a dinner debate organised by the Centre Maurits Coppieters, to speak about the situation of migrant and refugee women and girls in Europe and the outcomes of the #WomensVoices project, that was coordinated by the European Women’s Lobby (EWL). Our chair, Anna Zobnina spoke at the debate addressed to over 70 members of Centre Coppierters, including members of the European Free Alliance (EFA), academics and youth organisatoins. You can read the full details of the debate here >>