We are taking part in the webinar “Counter Voices of migrant, including undocumented and refugee women against neo-right Populism and other threats”, organised by WIDE+ !
Webinar Description: How voices of organised migrant, including undocumented and refugee women, counter neo-right Populism and other threats: Strategies and Practices
– Jelena Hrnjak – Program manager at Atina (Serbia)
– Alyna Smith – Platform International Cooperation Undocumented Migrants (PICUM)
– Anna Zobnina – European Network of Migrant Women (ENoMW)
– Sodfa Daaji – Afrika Youth Movement / ENoMW
– Jennifer Kamau – International Women Space
Noura Raad YOUNG MIGRANT WOMEN RESISTING PATRIARCHAL VIOLENCE
“The topic of my speech today is about building a feminist generation, that will be a strong feminist generation. It is about the young migrant women who, like all women, are the victims of violence, linked to the fact that we still live in a world where men are in charge; a world of men’s domination.
The young migrant women experience high pressure in the country of origin, and they also play a crucial role in fighting the male oppression.
For this reason young women often leave the country of origin to study abroad, or to find a job, or to look for a better life, to flee men’s control. These women arrive with skills, capacity, and full of energy, and again, suddenly, are dominated by men. This is a vicious circle for them in which men try to gain control over them, over and over again.
The feminist movement is back to make history! We have returned to bring the world to a standstill and call out all the discrimination and violence that women suffer every day, everywhere!
We women are diverse, but we share the struggle for the rights of all, and all together, those of us who are here and those who can not be, let us say no to chauvinist, racist, capitalist and colonialist barbarism.
We women are the source of life, not only when we give birth, but also as we are taking care of people daily. Today we are doing a care strike because this work is still invisible and despised. It is time to put care at the center of society. We women can not continue with this burden, we demand co-responsibility in the home and demand the full rights of citizenship, the right to care and be taken care of.
We want to denounce the conditions of exploitation and slavery of women around the world, who work in conditions of exploitation, and build alternative consumption strategies that help create a more social and fairer world, more respectful of the environment and of the life of its people. We have a primordial role in sustaining life, in the fight against climate change and in the preservation of biodiversity. We cry out very strongly against the savage neoliberalism that is imposed as the only school of thought in the world which is destroying our planet and our lives. Today we are taking a consumer strike against this unjust system.
At a Council of Europe conference today in Athens to focus on challenges faced by women and girl refugees and migrants, Anna Zobnina, Strategy & Policy Coordinator for the European Network of Migrant Women stressed that not enough is being done to care for the specific needs of women and girl migrants.
More should be done to construct facilities for women specific needs, she told some 100 participants, including government staff and NGOs dealing with refugees in both origin and destination countries.
Many more boys are being officially recorded as unaccompanied, but what about the girls, she stressed, pointing out that half of the refugee population is made up of women and girls: “Girls are going missing”.
Are you an Opera or ArtsEducator? You can’t miss this opportunity!
In the frames of Get Close to Opera project funded by the Erasmus+ we will be in Italy in the end of February delivering a training on inclusive art education ! Apply for #getclosetooperaTraining Week! It will take place from the 25th of February until the 1st of March 2019 in Matera 2019, Italy.
Are you an #Opera or #Arts #Educator? You can't miss this #opportunity! Apply for #getclosetoopera #Training Week! It will take place from the 25th of February until the 1st of March 2019 in Matera 2019, Italy.Find out more on: https://www.getclosetoopera.eu/training-week/
2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and has been accompanied by various activities around different human rights-related themes. The Declaration consists of 30 articles and was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 10 December 1948. Since then, Human Rights Day is celebrated annually across the world on 10 December every year. As a major milestone in the effort to provide human rights protection to all human beings irrespective of nationality, sex, ethnic origin, religion, race and legal status, the Declaration served as a model for international human rights treaties around the world.
While we celebrate human rights day, it is also high time to ask whose human rights are guaranteed and under which conditions migrant, refugee and asylum seeking women and girls ‘enjoy’ their fundamental human rights.
Although universal in spirit, state-centred nature of human rights treaties allows countries to establish their own standards and accord rights differently with regards to status (e.g. undocumented, refugee, asylum seeker). The lack of real international enforcement mechanisms for human rights enables countries to comply with treaties at their own discretion. This selective enforcement considerably limits the rights of migrant women and girls.
The Istanbul Convention focuses specifically on protecting asylum seeking and refugee women in its Articles 60 “Gender-based asylum claims” and 61 “Non-refoulement”. Unfortunately, when having a closer look at enforcement possibilities of those provisions, it becomes clear, that hard consequences cannot be enforced on the signatory states. This lack of accountability makes implementing the Convention especially hard.
Girls face some of the strongest challenges when making the journey for asylum and a new life, yet as a group, girls’ needs often remains a significant gap in law, policy, funding and service provision. Subsumed under the terms ‘children’ and ‘women and girls’, data specific to the experiences of girls through migration and resettlement is often lacking, which leads to challenges in securing specialised resources.
European Network of Migrant Women (ENOMW) held a joint event with the European Women’s Lobby, at the European Parliament, hosted by MEP Mary Honeyball, aimed at highlighting the specific situation, needs and role of migrant and refugee girls in Europe. Presenters included: MEP Mary Honeyball, Deborah Carlos, co-founder of ENOMW member Melissa Network of Migrant Women in Greece, Natasha Noreen, ENOMW individual member, Catriona Graham, Policy Officer of European Women’s Lobby, Sally Hayden, independent investigative journalist, Gwendoline Lefebvre, President of European Women’s Lobby. The event was accompanied by the publication of a factsheet #GirlsVoices. (download PDF GirlsVoices Infosheet ).
Volunteering: Perceptions, Experience and Barriers among Migrant Women, NGOs and Private Sector in Six European Countries
Volunteering as an integration method has been highly beneficial to any participant and the receiving society. However, there is a lack of knowledge and data about migrant volunteering in European countries.
As a multi-agency cooperation project, SMART Volunteering aims to fill this gap by exploring understanding of volunteering among migrant women and the crucial roles of civil society organizations and business actors in creating the conditions conducive to social integration.
The research works on broadening traditional concept of volunteering by highlighting its more strategic aspects .
This summary report, collated by the European Network of Migrant Women, is based on the national reports in Belgium, Cyprus, France, Italy, Spain and United Kingdom, written by SMART Volunteering partner organisations.
It offers a brief insight into the issues women migrants might be up against and offers suggestions for actions on the ground service providers could take to support women migrants with their struggles.
These solutions and suggestions emerge from the women-centred framework being developed to address needs of women migrants through Connecting Opportunities – a project based in the UK. Connecting Opportunities works with new migrants to develop their skills and opportunities to find work and be part of the local community. It is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery, through the Big Lottery Fund.
If CEDAW Was a Real Woman
Women-Centred Ways of Working with Women Migrants
CEDAW was born on 3rd September 1981. If she was a real woman, she would be 37 this year. According to the Chinese zodiac she would be a Virgo, with Earth as her element – therefore loyal, hardworking, analytical, practical. We might assume all sorts of things about her.
She may be a confident, eloquent and aspiring woman who has found her place in the world by now. Nevertheless, as a woman, on average she is nearly 10% less likely to read & write, more likely to struggle with her mental health, be paid less, and bear a heavier load than men in balancing her work and caring responsibilities. Adding the fact that this 37-year-old could have come from a different country multiplies the number of cultural barriers to inclusion she may experience. She is likely to be a woman of colour, she might speak many languages but not the local one, her educational achievements might not be recognised, and she might dress differently or cover her hair because of her faith.