PRESIDENT: Salome Mbugua – smbugua[at]wezeshadada.com
Native of Kenya and living in Ireland, Salome has over 20 years experience of work with women, children and youth in Africa and Ireland. She is the founder of AkiDwA, the Migrant Women’s Network Ireland and Wezesha, an African Diaspora NGO working with women and children affected by violence and conflict in Africa. Salome is the former vice chair of the National Women Council of Ireland and currently serves as an Irish Commissioner for Human Rights. She joined ENOMW board in 2014 and served as our vice-chair in 2016-2017.
TREASURER: Catherine Mahoro – cmahoro234[at]gmail.com
Accountant by profession, Catherine has been in Financial and NGO sector for over 12 years. Cathy is an entrepreneur, Founder of Down to Basics (DoToBa), a network of Immigrant Entrepreneurs and Innovators in Ireland and a founding secretary of Kenya Ireland Diaspora Savings and Credit Co-operative Ltd. She has a BA from Kimmage Development Studies in Ireland and also studied in Community Development and Influencing Policy. She joined us with an expertise in Finance, a strong track record in Fund Raising, Strategic Planning and a lot of Charisma.
BOARD MEMBER: Noura Raad – raadnoura[at]hotmail.com
Born in Lebanon, Noura is a legal expert based in France undertaking PHD on the status of women in comparative criminal law at the Faculty of Law of Aix-Marseille. She is the president of Aix-en-Provence section of Forum Femmes Méditerranée, focusing on the flaws in the law leading to discrimination against women in the Euro-Mediterranean countries. As a militant feminist she engages in the legal advocacy for the women victims of violence. Noura joined the ENOMW in 2017 and works on the legal analysis within the network, to promote the rights of migrant women. She’s also the convener of our membership group.
BOARD MEMBER: Lucy Polo Castillo – asociacion.portimujer [at] gmail.com
Born in Colombia, Lucy is a graduate in Psychology and in Immigration and Law, currently undertaking Intercultural Mediation at the University of Valencia. She is the founding president of Asociación Por Ti Mujer working on prevention, care and intervention with immigrant women in Valencia region. A feminist with over 20 years of experience in research, advocacy and activism, she is currently the president of the Network for Support to Immigrant Women Victim of Gender Violence and of the Federation of Entities for Co-development and International Cooperation.
BOARD MEMBER: Klaudia Jagne – palmline[at]aol.com
Born in Gambia with Senegalese roots, Klaudia lives in Sweden, is a board member of RIFFI (Swedish Federation of Immigrant’s Women Associations) and the founder of Palmline Charities working on IT skills for young people. With the background in International relations, for 20 years she has been involved in economic enpowerment of rural women through small scale gardening projects at grassroots level and supporting girls and young women in Gambia and the senegambia region, by creating structural projects to educate and train girls in IT skills, gender equality , information on HIV/AIDS and harmful FGM practices.
Strategy & Policy Coordinator: Anna Zobnina anna[at]migrantwomennetwork.org
Born in St.Petersburg, Russia, Anna has over 10 years of experience in the area of intersectional feminist analysis of violence & discrimination against women, with focus on migrant women. She is a former Research Analyst with Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies, a selected expert with European Institute for Gender Equality and currently is a member of executive committee of European Women’s Lobby. She served as ENOMW chair in 2014-2017 and currently works on capacity building of ENOMW, strategic advocacy and inclusion of migrant women in the EU decision-making.
Brussels Officer: Sinem Yilmaz
Born in Turkey, Sinem is completing her PHD at Ghent University, Belgium. Her main area of expertise is economic integration of migrant women. In the ENoMW Sinem works on the economic rights of migrant women and supports ENOMW coordinator in Brussels representation. She also volunteers in a number of initiatives on refugees and migrant women’s rights in Belgium.
Media Officer: Pamela Palma Zapata pamela[at]migrantwomennetwork.org
Pamela is a native of Chile and moved to Poland in 2011. Trained in photography and video production, Pamela worked in the media sector, engaged in news-reporting, documentary-making and photography, and human rights projects both in Latin America and Poland. She is a committed feminist, passionate about the rights of migrant women and has been with ENOMW since 2014, working on the network’s visibility and media profile.
Maha Elkhari – maha.elkheir [at] hotmail.com
Sudanese by origin and born in Belgium, Maha is completing her Master in International Relations: Conflict Resolution at UCL for which she is writing a thesis about the socio-economical integration of migrant women. Maha is very passionate about art, music and travel. During her Erasmus she took an active part in various Social Erasmus Association, such as ‘Refugee Welcoming Day’. In ENOMW she is assisting our Brussels Officer, Sinem Yilmaz and working on the area of right and discrimination of Women of African Descent.
Maria Bondarenko – maria[at]migrantwomennetwork.org
Born in Ukraine, Maria is completing her Master in European Public Administration in Germany. Working experience in the immigration office of a German town has drawn her attention to the legal and bureaucratic struggles migrant and refugee women have to face when trying to find a new home. That’s why she is passionate about promoting equal treatment, equal rights and better integration for those women. Maria is assisting ENoMWs Brussels Officer, Sinem Yilmaz, who supports her in writing her thesis on the implementation of the Istanbul Convention in selected EU-countries.
Asha Allen – ashaallen7 [at] gmail.com
Of Caribbean decent, UK native living in Belgium, Asha is completing her second Masters degree in European Studies: Global interactions at KU Leuven. She studied in the US and UK, specialising in civil liberties, human rights, international law and policy analysis on the EU VAWG. Asha is passionate about tackling the challenges facing migrant & refugee women, particularly those facing sexual exploitation. In ENOWM Asha is researching the escalating situation in West Africa/Italy, where women are being trafficked into sexual slavery to satisfy European demand and to fund the ongoing civil unrest in Nigeria
Nicoleta Ursescu – ursescu.nicoleta[at]gmail.com
Born in Romania, Nicoleta is completing her Master in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies at University of London. Her thesis research will focus on the socio-economic integration of refugees in urban areas of Senegal, country in which she worked and volunteered for the past two years. Nicoleta is passionate about human rights of migrant and refugee women, women’s empowerment through entrepreneurship development and, solution on combating violence against women. In ENOWN, Nicoleta is researching on the effects of violence and gender discrimination on the mental health of migrant and refugee women.