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 organisation 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 seats on HSE health intercultural strategy advisory group and Monitoring group on implementation of the National Action Plan on resolution 1325 on women in armed Conflict. Salome joined ENOMW board in 2014 and served as our vice-chair in 2016-2017.
VICE-PRESIDENT: Mina Jaf – minaraha88[at]gmail.com
Born in Iraqi Kurdistan and residing in Denmark, Mina is a grass-root activist and international advocate for the rights of women and girls affected by conflict and displacement with over ten years experience in community and advocacy work. She is the recipient of the Courage Award by Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) in New York and has recently founded Women’s Refugee Route (WRR) – a Denmark based NGO that works across Europe, with focus on the countries with large numbers of refugees, to empower female refugees to become effective self-advocates and shape refugee, asylum and migration policies
TREASURER: Catherine Mahoro – cmahoro234[at]gmail.com
Accountant by profession, Catherine has been in Financial services and the NGO sector for over 12 years. In Ireland, she sat in various boards including Vocational Education Centre (VEC), Integrating Ireland and AkiDwA. Cathy is an entrepreneur and the Founder of Down to Basics (DoToBa) – a network of Immigrant Entrepreneurs and Innovators in Ireland. She is a founding secretary of Kenya Ireland Diaspora Savings and Credit Co-operative (SACCO) Ltd. She has a BA from Kimmage Development Studies in Ireland and also studied in Community Development and Influencing Policy. She joins 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 Beirut, Lebanon, Noura lives in France and works in the legal field as a researcher in criminal law and teacher assistant at the Faculty of Law of Aix-Marseille where she’s doing her PHD on the status of women in comparative criminal law. Member of Forum Femmes Méditerranée, she is the president of its Aix-en-Provence section. Noura’s work focuses on the flaws in the law and policy leading to discrimination against women in the Euro-Mediterranean countries. As a feminist militant she engages in the legal advocacy for the women victims of violence. Noura joined the ENOMW in 2017 and will focus on the legal analysis to promote the rights of migrant women and denounce discrimination perpetuated in law and practice. She’s also a convener of the membership group in the network.
BOARD MEMBER: Lucy Polo Castillo – asociacion.portimujer [at] gmail.com
Born in Barranquilla, Colombia, Lucy is a graduate in Psychology from the Universidad del Norte and in Immigration and Law from the University of Valencia, 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 gender expert with over 20 years of experience in research, advocacy and acitvism, she is member of UN Women’s Major Group, a national member of the CEDAW Sombra España Platform, currently the president of the Network for Support to Immigrant Women Victim of Gender Violence (AMINVI Network), president of the Federation of Entities for Co-development and International Cooperation (FEDACOD), where she is also responsible for the area “Genero and development’
BOARD MEMBER: Inga Koralewska – inga[at]migrantwomennetwork.org
Born in Poland, Inga used to live in Ireland, Spain, Iceland and the UK and currently works as a researcher and teaching assistant at Jagiellonian University, where she is completeling her PhD research on the role of religion in Polish public sphere. She is a promotion specialist and fundraiser in Warsaw-based Polish Migration Forum, where she develops initiatives that lead to dialogue of people representing various cultures. Their current projects support migrant and refugee mothers, transnational families, foreigners searching for a job in Poland and foreign children in Polish schools. Inga joined ENOMW board in 2016 and is responsible for the network’s communication and promotion.
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 specific focus on migrant women, sexual exploitation and care economy. She is a former Research Analyst with the Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS) and a selected expert with the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE). She served as ENOMW chair in 2014-2017 and currently works on the capacity building of the network, strategic advocacy and strengthening the inclusion of migrant women voices in the EU decision-making.
Brussels Officer: Sinem Yilmaz
Born in Turkey, Sinem is completing her PHD at Ghent University, Belgium. Her area of expertise is the economic integration of migrant women. She is a coordinator of the Academic Network of Belgium and volunteers in a number of initiatives on refugees and migrant women’s rights. In the ENoMW Sinem works on the economic rights of migrant women and supports ENOMW coordinator in Brussels representation.
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
Asha Allen – ashaallen7 [at] gmail.com
A third generation woman 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
Wendy Okada – email@example.com.
Native of California living in France, Wendy is completing her MA in History, Theory & Practices of Human Rights at the Institute of Human Rights of Lyon. Multiracial and multicultural, she is passionate about the concrete practices of integration and meeting specific needs of migrant/refugee women. In the US Wendy had volunteered with AmeriCorps VISTA and International Rescue Committee. As of March 2017, she contributes to the development of membership for ENOMW within the context of France.