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 >>
On 30 March, we had a pleasure to take part in the RightsCon 2017, the world’s leading event on the future of the internet, organised by Access Now. ENOMW participated in the summit’s stream Empowering at Risk Communities, and spoke at the panel The Digital is the Political: Anti-Oppression Resistance and an Introduction to Migrant Rights for Digital Advocates facilitated by Open Media. Other speakers included The Detention Forum UK, Empower Hack, Chayn and Refugee Info. The goal of this session was to learn more about how digital rights advocates can best amplify and support the work of human rights activists, without trampling over or diverting from the work that is already being done while learning.
Our Swedish member The National Federation of Immigrant Women Associations was one of the organizers of seminar on prostitution during #CSW61 in New York. Seminar took place on March 15th in Church of Sweden.
- Julie Bindel, writer, feminist, and co-founder of the law-reform group Justice for Women
- Gail Dines, Professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies at Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts
- Cherie Jimenez, Space International
- Per-Anders Sunesson, Ambassador at Large for Combating Trafficking in Persons, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Sweden
- Moderator: Clara Berglund, Secretary General of the Swedish Women’s Lobby
18 March, New York – Join us at the 61st Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) where RIFFI will present RIFFI’s findings about the economic vulnerability of refugee and migrant women in Nordic countries focusing on retired migrants.
Brussels, 7 March 2017, For immediate release:
On 8 March 2017, International Women’s Day,
Violence against women and girls: will Europe rise up in 2017?
This year’s celebration of International Women’s Day on 8 March, comes as a new opportunity for the European Union to take action against violence against women. The European Commission has declared 2017 the European Year of focused action to combat violence against women and girls.
A unique Coalition of more than 25 European-wide networks and NGOs dedicated to social justice and equality, the European Coalition to end violence against women and girls calls on the EU decision-makers to mark International Women’s Day with concrete actions.
Migrant feminist organisations and members of ENoMW such as Akidwa, Immigrant Council of Ireland, Doras Luimni welcome this new law, which they campaigned for in the last 8 years.
95% of women in prostitution are vulnerable migrants, and deserve to be exempt from penalties. Ireland follows a string of countries that adopted the Nordic model, such as Sweden, Norway and France, where sellers of sex are exempt but the buyers prosecuted.
Read the Full Statement of Turn Off the Red Light Campaign
Read about the Nordic Model on Prostitution