Brussels, 18 December 2019 On the occasion of the International Day of Migrants, European Network of Migrant Women is inviting you to join us in commemorating the lives of migrant women and girls perished in the systemic and interpersonal male violence in Europe. DOWNLOAD PUBLICATION “Femicide is a grave and unacceptable violation of women’s and girls’ most basic human right to life. It is a leading cause of premature death of women globally. Although the rate of homicide has been on the decline across the world, the rate of femicide has remained the same, and, in some contexts, increased. According to Diana Russel who presented the term at the 1976 International Tribunal on Crimes against Women in Brussels, femicide applies to all forms of sexist killings “motivated by a sense of entitlement to or superiority over women, by pleasure or sadistic desires toward them, or by an assumption of ownership […]
Join our Belgian members, Isala asbl, La voix des Femmes, AWSA-Be جمعية تضامن المرأة العربية Arab Women’s Solidarity Association, Oasis Belgium, on the 10 December for an evening dedicated to Women and Migration, the screening of the film “This is my Home Now” and discussion with its director, Belgian-Moroccan feminist artist, Saddie Choua. 🛑 ADDRESS: Witte Zolder Hall, De Markten, Oude Graanmarkt 5, Brussels (Belgium) 🛑 FILM SCREENING: FR, EN and NL with DISCUSSION in FR 🛑 REGISTRATION: email@example.com 🛑 FREE OF CHARGE More details in FB Event here
On 30 August 2019, European Network of Migrant Women, along with a group of civil society experts, participated in the regional CEDAW Consultation expert meeting [Consultation on CEDAW Art 6], organised by our Finnish member MONIKA -Multicultural Women Association (and umbrella platform of 16 migrant women NGOs in Finland) and National Council of Women of Finland. The outcomes of the meeting state: “The Monika – Multicultural Women’s Association, Finland and the National Council of Women of Finland underline that trafficking in human beings and exploitation in prostitution are severe forms of violence against women. We urge the importance to take all necessary efforts to decrease and prevent these human rights violations. We strongly encourage the CEDAW to re-consider the chosen framework of the forthcoming General Recommendation on Trafficking of Women and Girls in the Context of Global Migration and protect women and girls from violence and exploitation as well as […]
THE STATEMENT OF RadicalGirlsss, the Young Women Group of the European Network of Migrant Women DOWNLOAD STATEMENT IN ENGLISH || FRENCH || ITALIAN || SPANISH || POLISH || PORTUGUESE INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ELIMINATION OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN On the occasion of the 25th of November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, we, the Radical Girlsss are obliged to take a strong position in the struggle and defence of the Human Rights of women and girls. WE DENOUNCE the patriarchal violence to which we are subjected every day in its many manifestations. We denounce femicide, rape and sexual aggression, sexual exploitation, street and workplace harassment, institutional male violence, the wage gap, economic violence, among many other forms of violence that continue to threaten and condition the lives of women and girls around the world. WE FIGHT against this system, in which violence and exploitation of women’s […]
Brussels, 22 November 2019 On 21 November we held the final conference of the EU-Funded AMIF project “SMART Volunteering for Female Migrants“, hosted by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), that focused on a multi-stakeholder approach to labour integration of migrant women by means of structured volunteering, as a potential path to employment in Europe. Over 60 participants, including the EU-wide platforms, policy-makers, specialist NGOs and individual migrant women, came together to listen, exchange and discuss the intersections between employment, volunteering and migration policies, with specific focus on highly skilled migrant women, and the role different actors – such as NGOs, business and migrant women themselves – can play in facilitating female migrants’ access to labour market.
Valencia, 14 November 2019 Por ti Mujer Association, a member organisation of the European Network of Migrant Women, held an event “Commodification of Migrant Women’s Bodies”, in the framework of the XVI Conference against gender-based violence «Si l’ajudes, pot» organised by the Department of Women and Equality of the City of Valencia. The event was opened by Lucy Polo, the president of the Association and a Colombian refugee. Juliana Jiménez Ledesma, a member of Radical Girlsss of ENOMW, presented the “Brussels’ Call: the fight against sexual exploitation at European and international level” and the Nordic/Equality Model, also known as the abolitionist model. She also presented ENOMW’s poster-campaign “Rise Up Against Oppression” aimed at raising awareness on the intersections between sexual exploitation of women and other forms of structural oppression. Another presenter, a Nigerian native Vivian Ntih, spoke about her experience as an African woman trafficked into prostitution, in her talk “Trafficking […]
Vilnius, 12-14 November 2019 European Network of Migrant Women took part, in the capacity of representative of European Women’s Lobby (EWL), in the international conference and an expert meeting, We are Safe in Our City, organised by the Lithuanian National Association of Women Rights, Women’s Issues Information Centre and the Klaipeda Social and Psychological Services Centre. The Conference was dedicated to discussing the manifestations of violence against women, its consequences, legal effects and liability, with a particular focus on sexual violence, sharing the best practices on prevention, assistance to the victims of violence and interinstitutional cooperation. It brought together international experts and professionals working in the field from Icelandic, Latvian, Estonian, Swedish, Ukrainian, UK and US non-governmental and victim support organizations and specialists of the Specialized Assistance Centers, stakeholders from regional law enforcement authorities, Ministries representatives.
Our call for more humane, transparent and effective resources for asylum and migration in the Union 6 November, Brussels [ download statement here ] As EU co-legislators resume discussions on the basis of their negotiating mandates on the Asylum and Migration Fund (AMF) proposal, the undersigned organisations are joining forces to reiterate and highlight key recommendations and concerns . This statement should be read jointly with the detailed comments and exhaustive analysis of the proposal issued by the undersigned organisations . The undersigned organisations acknowledge that the next Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF 2021-2027) negotiations are taking place during a challenging time. The substantial increase in funding proposed for asylum and migration is, however, welcomed by the undersigned civil society organisations (CSOs) and UN agencies, as a well-resourced AMF can play an important role in ensuring a rights-based and holistic approach to asylum and migration in the European Union. Furthermore, we […]
“No one gets trafficked because they are vulnerable but because someone benefits from it. If we get rid of profiteers, we can fight against trafficking of women and girls.” – Myria Vassiliadou, European Commission Anti-Trafficking Coordinator at Brussels’ Call The European Network of Migrant Women participated in the European Week of Action to End Sexual Exploitation (13-18 October 2019) organised by European Women’s Lobby. Although it has been five years since the European Parliament adopted the Honeyball Resolution which recognises that prostitution violates human dignity and human rights and is a form of violence against women, there is still a lack of viable action in European institutions. Progress has been achieved with Northern Ireland (2015), France (2016) and the Republic of Ireland (2017) joining the Nordic countries, Sweden, Norway and Iceland, by introducing the Equality Model. Nevertheless, sexual exploitation of women remains a crucial component of sex-based discrimination across Europe […]