On 17 September we hosted an event “Unseen Victims, Untold Stories: Why Violence Faced by Asylum-Seeking and Refugee Women Remains Invisible in the European Union”. The event, co-organised with the Regional Institute for Crime Prevention affiliated with the United Nations, and SOLWODI Germany, funded by the European Union’s Rights and Justice Programme, presented the findings from case studies with over 4.000 refugee & asylum seeing women, counselling methodology. It was followed by the expert discussion between the four European Platforms: ECRE, PICUM, EWL and ENOMW. The video of the seminar is available below and the two publications, Handbook for Professional Counsellors & Training Manual on Gender-Based Violence, can be downloaded here: CCM-GBV_Handbook_English_for web CCM-GBV training manual_English
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Narrowing the gap between rhetoric and practice to protect women and girls from violence at the core of the 3rd Workshop held in Madrid, Spain on the 3 July European Network of Migrant Women participated in the 3rd Workshop for the Empowerment of Women, organised by the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe in cooperation with the Casa Árabe. ENOMW’s Strategy Coordinator Anna Zobnina chaired the session “Building cross-border cooperation in protecting refugee and asylum seeking women and girls”, with the speakers from the UN WOMEN, Gender and Migration Unit, and IOM’s Human Trafficking Focal Point.
On 9 July 2019, ENOMW’s Brussels Officer, Sinem Yilmaz, spoke at the EESC – European Economic and Social Committee event on Migrants’ and Refugees’ Social and Economic Inclusion, where she presented an overview of the project Smart – volunteering for female migrant. This project concerns the model of multi-sectoral cooperation – between Civil society organisations, businesses and migrant women – to facilitate the highly qualified migrant women’s access to labour market, through structured and assisted volunteering programmes.
FREE KHACHATURYAN SISTERS ! Three Russian sisters, Krestina (19 y.o.), Angelina (18 y.o.) and Maria (17 y.o.) face up to 20 years in prison for stabbing their father to death as self-defense. Mykhail Khachaturyan. was known to be a family tyrant, an alleged drug dealer and an influential mafioso who had sexually assaulted, raped, and battered his teenage daughters for years and held them nearly captive in the house. Russian legal system, including police and social services, did not help Khachaturyan sisters, despite recurring evidence, neighbors and other family members reports who had witnessed or even themselves suffered from continuous Khachaturyan’s violence and abuse.
Unseen victims, untold stories – Why violence faced by asylum seeking and refugee women remains invisible in the European Union? Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 11:00 – 13:00COPERNICO SCIENCE14, 14b Rue de la Science, Brussels We warmly invite you on the 17th of September at 11 am, to discuss, what can be done to assure that asylum seeking women victims of gender-based violence can access their rights in the European Union. In this event we will present findings from a project titled “Co-creating a counselling method for refugee women gender-based violence victims” funded by the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme. In the project we used innovative research methodologies to collect information on the phenomena of gender-based violence in the refugee context, and to uncover the stories of the women.
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