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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.



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ENOMW joins the International Detention Coalition Members and partners in expressing our collective concern that, “A Fundamentally Different Approach is Needed” to the immigration detention of migrants in Europe.

In advance of a consultation with key civil society stakeholders from 22-23 June 2017 at the Council of Europe Headquarters in Strasbourg, over 30 national, regional and international civil society organisations have drafted a joint statement, which will be presented to the European Committee on Legal Co-operation (CDCJ) who is carrying out a codifying exercise on a detailed set of immigration detention rules based on existing international and regional human rights standards relating to the conditions of detention of migrants.

The important task of codifying existing international standards has been entrusted by CDCJ to a Committee of experts established under its authority: the Committee of experts on administrative detention of migrants (CJ-DAM).

The elaboration of the draft codifying instrument started in May 2016 and is expected to be completed in 2018


READ full Joint Statement_COE administrative detention of migrants


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The Nadia Bakhshi Award* is established by Melissa Network with the support of Refu-Aid and the European Network of Migrant Women and will be given to refugee women in order to support their education and their contribution to social change.

The award is named in the honour of Nadia Bankhshi who lost her life in Serbia in December 2016. She was leading the way for her daughter and two grandchildren away from oppression, to a world where she hoped that human rights would be respected.






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Today, on World Refugee Day, we want to express our support for all those women and children around the world looking for a place to live in peace.

European Network of Migrant Women in Eleonas Refugee camp

Today, on World Refugee Day, we want to express our support for all those women and children around the world looking for a place to live in peace.

Opslået af European Network of Migrant Women (ENoMW) på 20. juni 2017


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Brussels, 9 June 2017

“I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own” ― Audre Lorde

On 2-4 June European Network of Migrant Women (ENOMW) held their AGM in Athens, hosted by the Melissa Network - a grassroots initiative that works on capacity building and empowerment of migrant and refugee women and girls. During our meeting, we also visited a refugee camp.

We, as a network, reject the term “refugee crisis”. The devastating situation in which thousands of refugees, including women and girls, are caught, is not their crisis. It is a crisis of the European values and priorities and an outcome of the unsustainable political and economic model, pursued by the global patriarchal institutions.


After being in Athens for only a few days it is plain to see the toll that having a refugee status has on an individual’s life. In the case of a woman, whose entire life is aggravated by patriarchal discrimination, this toll is deep, lasting and pervasive. The male violence - rape, trafficking, and sexploitation - and the oppression of refugee women and girls takes interpersonal, familial, structural and legal forms. To make it worse, the society holds women accountable for this oppression by calling it women’s issues and not the perpetrators’ issues.

ENOMW is convinced that centralising women’s security, safety and well-being is not only the solution to ending violence and discrimination against female refugees. It is the way to address the violence and inequality that are at the root of the crisis caused by the pervasive militarism, imperialist warfare, and patriarchal exploitation of the most vulnerable.

We demand recognition, investment and structural support for grassroots initiatives working with refugee women and girls. Our partner NGOs who are concerned with the current refugee situation must prioritise women in their analysis, services and funding and invest in refugee women leadership. This leadership cannot be achieved through traditional charity, harm reduction or tokenism. This leadership requires political self-determination, economic independence and structural empowerment of female refugees.

To achieve this refugee women should be able to work and assemble separately, as well as be the equal partners in wider structures of decision-making and organising. By this we mean that women should be given their own spaces, services, funding and platforms that will allow them to define the concerns and needs that they identify as important. Recognising the importance of women’s spaces should be motivated by a feminist drive, which demands that women actively seek to be liberated from sexist, racist and class discrimination. It also demands that we recognise that the current refugee situation is a crisis of the colonial heritage of the patriarchal rules that should end.

This feminist drive is based on female solidarity that acknowledges that women and girls, all around the globe, share a common struggle and a common enemy. In order to resist, women and girls must come together to organise, empower one another and lead, and, by doing so, create a strong, independent movement that will lead to a more effective and conscientious social cohesion. By prioritising women and girls, we will move towards equality and liberation for all.


End of Statement


DOWNLOAD THE STATEMENT HERE >>> ENOMW Refugee Women Solidarity June 2017