STUDY VISIT: EU Thematic Network on Migrants in North Rhine Westphalia

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North Rhine Westphalia, 21-22 November

European Network of Migrant Women participated to a Study Visit to North Rhine Westphalia (NRW), Germany. The visit was organised by European Social Fund Transnational Platform, EU-Thematic Network on Migrants and brought together ESF managing authorities, intermediate bodies and civil society organisations. The theme of the study was the role of business sector in the integration of migrants.

Four different projects/initiatives were presented to show the importance of employment involvement in labour market integration programmes:


  1. Education and employment of migrants in the health care sector, University Teaching Hospital Essen
  2. Labour market policies in NRW and initiative ‘that’s what we do’,
  3. PerMenti: Integration of qualified migrant women into the labour market
  4. Seamless labour market integration from education to vocational training and employment, Evonik & RE/init.



SECURITY & TRADITION OR VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN? Istanbul Convention and the Universal Rights of Female Migrants / Copenhagen 24.11.2017

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We are pleased to invite you to Copenhagen to our event SECURITY & TRADITION OR VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN? Istanbul Convention and the Universal Rights of Female Migrants that will take place in Copenhagen on 24th of November. The panel is organized together with our Danish member Women Refugee Route.


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Event Details:

Across the world man-made and natural disasters, war and conflict are intensifying.

Europe has responded to this by increasingly militarising borders and externalising migration management to countries and regimes that women and girls are trying to flee. For these women, the price of freedom and justice is now subject to multiple forms of male violence en route. Those who make it to Europe continue to face abuse and discrimination through their asylum process

The few lucky ones who are granted refugee status are then confronted with labour and social exclusion, marginalising them from the outset.

They are also at risk of poverty, prostitution and sexual exploitation, while the violence they face within their own communities is justified on the grounds of “culture” and “tradition”.

For the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign starting on 25 November (the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women), European Network of Migrant Women and Women Refugee Route are organising a two-panel event to discuss the situation of migrant & refugee women in Europe.



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Brussels, 8 November 2017


Over 26 West African females, suspected to be from Nigeria and aged 14-18, have been found dead in the Mediterranean Sea in the recent days. The death of migrants at sea, from being a “tragedy” once, has now become a “norm” in Europe.

In the case of Sub Saharan females whose lives have been lost en route to Europe, it is an outcome of the border management aggressively pursued by the European institutions. It is also an outcome of systemic male violence perpetrated against women at every stage of their journeys, outside and within Europe.

While the Italian authorities are investigating this criminal case, European Network of Migrant Women condemns, in strongest terms, this act of Violence against Women, and is calling for timely, lawful and effective investigation in which the primacy of human rights should be respected above “security”, “political” and “economic” motives, in accordance with the EU Treaties and Charter of Rights.



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Brussels, 18 October 2017, EU Day Against Trafficking

Overview of Crisis

As of June 2017, the number of “migrants” which in this case references all those arriving by sea to
Italy, rose by 21% in comparison to the same period in 2016. These official statistics present a
composite number of economic migrants, refugees, as well as the victims of trafficking in human
beings. Nationals of Nigeria closely followed by Guinea account for the largest number of the
“migrants” utilising the central Mediterranean route to southern Italy. Statistics would suggest that
most of those arriving are young Nigerian males subjectively categorised as economic migrants
escaping poverty or civil unrest within their respective nations and becoming the victims the
smugglers on their way to Europe.

However, the statistics negate the sharp increase in the number of Nigerian women arriving in Italy.
As of March 2017, the International Organisation for Migration estimates that there has been an
almost ten-fold increase in the number of Nigerian women being trafficked to Italy and Europe
into prostitution, as well as, the worst form of it, the actual sexual slavery. This is an increase from
just over 1000 to over 11,000 in just three years; this is a women’s crisis.



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Edinburgh, 10-11 October 2017

We are extremely delighted to have been able to support and take part in the “International Interdisciplinary Conference on Gender Studies and the Status of Women” organised by our Supporting Member Women Being Project , jointly with Queen Margaret University of Edinburgh. The conference brought together participants from over 25 countries and gave them the opportunity to share and explore a range of diverse issues across several fundamental areas of women’s rights globally: justice, employment, education, health, gender stereotypes, religion and culture, as well as cross cutting patriarchal violence against women and girls.

We hope to be able to take part in their event next year again !




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Vienna, 7-8 October 2017

We joined EWL members in the meeting of Lobby’s Administrative board  for two days of productive discussions on Feminist Economics, the dangers facing women’s organisations all over Europe with the rise of alt-right, nationalist and religious fundamentalism, strategic brainstroming and sharing of experiences with other feminist organisations.



On 7 October we also had an opportunity to join our sisters at the Lesbian March that walked through the central Vienna to reaffirm the rights of women for self defined sexuality, bodily autonomy, freedom from male violence, and opposition to racism, xenophobia and imperialism.


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Vilnius, 3 October 2017

Two experts from ENOMW team took part in the consultation meeting on Trafficking in Human Beings (THB) organised by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) in Vilnius. The meeting brought together over 30 experts in THB law, policy and practice in order to support EIGE’s developing recommendations to facilitate the gender-specific implementation of particular provisions of the Anti-Trafficking Directive, namely Articles 11 to 17. At the meeting we discussed how Member States can effectively implement the Directive 2011/36/EU (Anti-Trafficking Directive) and to bring into clearer focus the gender-specific needs, as well as rights, of victims of human trafficking for the purposes of sexual exploitation and forced marriage. We also addressed the barriers and challenges and potential solutions to providing effective assistance, service provision and protection to victims.

For more information of the meeting please read >>>


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Berlin, 28-30 June 2017

ENOMW has been elected to represent the European region, together with AFFORD Platform UK, in the International Coordinating Group (ICG) of the Migrant & Diaspora Constituency of Civil Society Organisations Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE).



This election followed the ENOMW taking part in the meeting of CPDE’s constituency that took place in Berlin 28-30 June and coincided with the Global Migration Forum, where CPDE also held a side event dedicated to migrants and diasporas around the world.  ENOMW spoke at the side event, along with our partners from IIPSOCULTA-Apofam, FUIE USA, Confederation Nationale des Travailleurs du Senegal, Pacwin PIANGO, Pacific Region and CPDE-Nigeria.

The workshop emphasized CPDE as an advantageous platform for development effectiveness of Migrant-Diaspora issues through membership engagement, platform coordination, creating enabling environments, Human Rights-based approaches, South-South cooperation and a 2030 Agenda foci. Presentations centered on the theme of development effectiveness, its links to migration and mobility, especially in conflict and fragile contexts.

We are looking forward to working jointly with a diverse and global group of migrant & diaspora organisations, and, in particular bringing the feminist perspective in the discussions on effective support of the disadvantaged regions through active participation of the European female migrants.



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Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Violence against Women and Girls. Male control over Female Bodies.  Not “Islamic tradition”. Not “private matter”.


Brussels, 6 July 2017

We, the European Network of Migrant Women (ENOMW), are alerted by the recent statements by Tariq Ramadan, the President of the European Muslim Network (EMN), regarding the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in relation to the Muslim culture and tradition. Even more concerning is the EMN president’s call to discuss FGM “privately” and to restrain from publicly condemning individuals who condone this form of violence against women, in order to protect these individuals’ religious status and position of power.

ENOMW denounces, in strongest terms, any traditional, cultural or religious justification of FGM – a crime against women under international human rights law and a serious violation of women’s bodily, sexual and psychological integrity. We refute Tariq Ramadan’s personal & pseudo-religious interpretations of FGM, as well as his view that, under any circumstances at all, the discussions on FGM should be held privately within religious communities. Like any other crime and form of violence, FGM is never a “private” business. Anyone justifying this practice – regardless of their social status and achievements – promotes violence against women and male control of female bodies.