On 16 January 2020 European Network of Migrant Women (ENoMW), supported by almost 100 civil society organisations, including international and national platforms and umbrella associations, sent a letter addressed to the European Commission’s Vice-President Margaritis Schinas and Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson.
In this letter we asked the European Commission to extend the mandate of the EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator (ATC), Dr Myria Vassiliadou, due to come to an end on 29 February 2020.
As an umbrella organisation representing the persons directly and disproportionally affected by the gendered crime of trafficking in Europe, we are particularly concerned with the future of the quality of work carried by the office of the EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator – including transparency, the rule of law, solidarity, victim-centered appraoch, the principles of equality between women and men and gender mainstreaming – all the aspects of the EU anti-trafficking work that we are pleased to have witnessed met and reinforced under the mandate of the current ATC Dr Myria Vassiliadou.
READ THE LETTER ADDRESSED TO THE EC HERE
30 January 2020, Vienna
European Network of Migrant Women took part in anther round of expert consultation on the General Recommendation Article 6 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), convened by Vienna by the CEDAW Commission, United Nations Office for High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC), Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the Austrian government. Together with gthe experts from UN Agencies and Civil society organisations we discussed the situation of Trafficking in Women and Girls in the Eastern-European region and provided our recommendations to the the General Recommendations on the Trafficking in Women and Girls in the Context of Global Migration that the CEDAW Committee is set to produce by the end of 2020.
European Network of Migrant Women is pleased to partner in a new project HumMingBird, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme and coordinated by the University of Leuven.
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
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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 to abolish the use of the term “forced prostitution” and “sex work”.
We strongly claim, that the image of women and girls who make independent choices on prostitution is problematic. Female minors, women migrants, racialised women, and women in difficult life situations are particularly vulnerable to exploitation and violence. For many women in prostitution, violence is part of their everyday life, and violence is often one of the underlying reasons for women to become involved in prostitution.
An expanding sex-industry involves expanding violence and abuse of minors, undocumented persons and other people in vulnerable situations. In our view, it is both patronizing and racist to present the selling of sex as an acceptable route out of poverty.
There is strong evidence that trafficking, prostitution and exploitation of women and girls in vulnerable situations are linked to other forms of violence against women. The choice to be educated, to have a decent job, and a salary to feed one’s family should not have to be achieved through exploitation.”
READ FULL POSITION PAPER HERE