Joint Statement Of Concern On Shrinking Civil Society Space And Increasing Private Sector Exclusivity At UN

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Disgrace at the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development Big Alcohol, Big Oil and Big Pharma hold meeting in the heart of the UN

New York, United Nations, July 19, 2018 – Civil society groups express deep concern about presence of harmful industries at the United Nations and during the UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development  

The fact that private sector invitation-only events take place in the heart of the UN is deeply concerning. In this way, well-funded private sector front groups are able to monopolize the conversation on matters of public concern, further fueling problems of intransparency and monopolizing the definition of problems and accepted solutions. Harmful industries should have no place at discussions about solutions to the problems that their products, business models and business practices are causing in the first place. 


Landmark philanthropic summit — including Emma Watson, Marai Larasi, Pragna Patel — calls for more philanthropic support to end violence against girls and women

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Left to Right: Devi Leiper O’Malley (FRIDA–The Young Feminist Fund); Nasra Ayub (Integrate UK); Emma Watson; Marai Larasi (Imkaan) // Photo Credit: Fiksa


From Violence to a Place of Power: A Funder Convening on Movement Building to End Sexual Violence

20 July 2018—The movement to end violence against girls and women is gaining global momentum due to the dynamic and courageous work of grassroots activists, yet their work faces growing threats and needs more support and solidarity from across philanthropy, a day-long convening of activists, funders, journalists and culture shapers said in London on 10 July 2018.

From Violence to a Place of Power: A Funder Convening on Movement Building to End Sexual Violence was convened by NoVo Foundation, Oak Foundation, Unbound Philanthropy and Ariadne, and facilitated by Jude Kelly, to explore how philanthropy can radically increase its support for the movement to end violence against all girls and women.

Deepening a conversation that began at a similar convening of U.S. funders in New York in April, the London convening sought to examine the specific context for work to end sexual violence in the UK and Europe, where growing momentum around #MeToo and other movements is coupled with rising nationalism, austerity politics, the closing of civil society space and assaults on human rights.

Actor and activist Emma Watson chaired the opening session of the day—an intergenerational conversation among activists Nasra Ayub (Integrate UK), Marai Larasi (Imkaan), and Devi Leiper O’Malley (FRIDA–The Young Feminist Fund). The panelists outlined the pivotal role of movement building and feminist organizing in ending violence against girls and women, as well as the urgent need for many more funders and donors from across the philanthropic sector to trust movement leaders and provide long-term, flexible support to sustain their work.

Responding to research across seventy countries that concluded that women’s movements were the key factor in determining policy change, Emma Watson said, “This makes it all the more shocking that a survey of European foundations found that less than 5 percent of funds were targeted towards girls and women. I think supporting girls and women’s organisations is the greatest hope we have for worldwide transformative change – and my philanthropic choices are grounded in that belief.”



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Article originally published on 21/12/2017, by The European NGOs for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Population and Development < here >

Migrant women and girls and their access to SRHR in Europe

While thinking about sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), Europe is praised for its leadership, however the inequities related to various SRHR aspects remain across different regions or certain groups. Read this inspiring interview with Anna Zobnina of the European Network of Migrant Women who shared with us the struggles faced by migrant women in the European continent and concrete recommendations related to these challenges.



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Are you a feminist based in Belgium or willing to relocate to Belgium ? Are you passionate about the fight for the rights of migrant, refugee and ethnic minority women in Europe ? Do you share our values and mission ? Apply to volunteer in our Brussels Office for the period of three to six months, from September 2018.

Submit your CV/Motivation letter to:

Note: As a migrant women led platform priority among applicants will be given to migrant, refugee and ethnic minority women


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We are pleased to take part in organising a Youth Summer Camp “Escape to Europe – Live in Europe: Final Destination Integration”  , coordinated by the Jugendakademie Walberberg, in partnership with Archive and More Scotland and Babel Italy . The camp takes place on 16-29 July in Bronheim-Walberberg and will include a range of sport, cultural and awareness raising activities aimed at establishing multi-cultural dialogue and solidarity among youth and with specific focus on the needs and rights of young women. Young migrant women, members of our network, will participate in the camp, together with our trainers.

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Disappointing lack of progress on violence against women one year after EU signing landmark Treaty 

Brussels, 13 June 2018 – On the occasion of the first anniversary of the signature of the Istanbul Convention by the European Union (EU), the European Coalition to end Violence against Women and Girls regrets that strong progress towards the ratification has been hindered by retrograde forces, and calls for concluding the process without further delay.

Violence against women threatens the security of half of the population in the EU, affecting over 250 million women and girls. One in three women has experienced physical and/or sexual violence since the age of 15 and 96% of EU citizens consider that violence against women is unacceptable. European citizens want action and there is no more time to waste. 

The Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combatting Violence against women and domestic violence, the Istanbul Convention, is the first legally binding treaty in Europe that criminalises multiple forms of violence against women. It emphasises and recognises that violence against women is a human rights violation, a form of discrimination against women, and a cause and consequence of inequality between women and men. 

On 13 June 2017, the EU signed the Istanbul Convention, sending a very strong political message on its commitment to end violence against women and girls. 

Yet today, one year on the EU has unfortunately made little progress with the ratification process. While the European Parliament adopted a strong resolution last September, the Council negotiations on the Code of Conduct remain ongoing, and, with a complex process to undertake in accession to the Convention, the need for immediate action has become critical. Therefore, we urge the upcoming Austrian EU Presidency to stand up for women and advance the ratification process as swiftly as possible, to ensure that all women and girls in Europe can live their lives free from violence. 

We, the European Coalition to end Violence against Women and Girls call for


  • The Council of the European Union to ratify immediately the Istanbul Convention, within the most effective scope of EU competence;
  • EU Member States who have not yet done so to ratify the Istanbul Convention without further delay and without reservations, and to put in place the necessary legislative and policy framework to ensure its adequate implementation, including allocating sustainable and adequate funding, and cooperating with civil society and women’s rights organisations;
  • EU Institutions to fully integrate the Istanbul Convention into the EU legislation and policy framework, establishing an effective and representative EU monitoring framework; 
  • The European Commission and EU Member States to develop a comprehensive EU Strategy to prevent and combat all forms of violence against women and girls, and to address all the structural issues that fuel this violence;
  • The EU to appoint an EU coordinator on ending violence against women and girls, with a strong political mandate and responsibility to: coordinate the EU Strategy and all the efforts of the relevant EU Institutions and agencies (EIGE, FRA, EUROJUST, EASO, EUROSTAT, etc.); and to facilitate the exchange of good practices for the implementation of the Convention at the national level. 

We hope that next year we will not celebrate another anniversary without the final EU ratification. 

The European Coalition to End Violence against Women and Girls is an extensive strategic alliance of more than 25 cross-European human rights and social justice civil society organisations working collectively to ensure that women and girls across Europe can live their lives free from all forms of violence.


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You are warmly invited to a seminar on Tuesday 22nd of May, 9:00-12:00, in room A7F387, European Parliament, Brussels, organised jointly by the Culture Project, the European Network of Migrant Women, and the Coppieters Foundation. The seminar will bring together experts and activists from around Europe to critically examine the intersection between the different forms of fundamentalism and the neoliberal agenda, and its impact on the collective rights of women and minorities in Europe.

Please see more details below.





The last two decades have witnessed a rapid rise of fundamentalism, the far right, and other extremist, even violent, movements across the globe. From the USA and the UK, to Russia, Turkey, and Poland, the extremist organisations driven by radical religious and nationalist ideologies, have been jeopardising the rights of women, sexual minorities, and migrants. These movements reject universal human rights, attack female sexual and reproductive status, attempt to criminalise homosexuality and dehumanise migrants and ethnic minorities.

Though clearly incited by the nationalist, populist, and patriarchal interests, these developments have also been aided by the simultaneous rise of neo-liberal ideology, particularly in the form cultural relativism and identity politics, which seek to discourage political analysis and promotes the politics of individualized self-identification and self-segregation over collective organising and solidarity.

In Europe, this collusion between the two seemingly different forces, resulted in the de-secularization of public policy; in particular, the relations between the state and ethnic minorities. Thus, during the years since 1990, religio-legalism – the enforcement of religious law by specifically religious courts – has become tolerated or endorsed by civil governments and NGOs alike. This had and has a tragic effect on the rights of women, of ethnic minorities, and raised legitimate concerns among feminist and women ethnic minorities groups.

In the context of these political developments, the European Network of Migrant Women (ENOMW) and the Culture Project (Kurdish) organise a seminar at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium. The seminar will bring together the experts from around Europe to critically examine the intersection between the different forms of fundamentalism and the neo-liberal agenda, and its impact on the collective rights of women & minorities in Europe.


  • MEP Jill Evans, Greens/EFA
  • MEP Julie Ward, S&D



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Seminar is supported by Coppieters Foundation


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Brussels, Sunday 13 May 2018


On 10 May 2018 Sudanese court OMDURMAN KHARTOUM, governed by the Sharia Law of Sudan, issued a death sentence, by hanging, to Noura Hussein for killing the man to whom she was forcibly married while defending herself against rape and sexual abuse at his hands. 

Noura Hussein was forcibly married off at the age of 16 years and was subjected to sexual and physical violence by her “husband”. In self-defense, Noura killed her “husband” after he attempted to rape her, yet again after having raped her while she was held down by his relatives. 



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March 8, 1908 at the call of the New York Social Democratic Women’s Organization, the first rally for the equality of women was held in America. On this day, more than 15,000 women marched through the city of New York. It was indeed a revolution in the minds of women and the expression of disagreement with the old patriarchal order.

In the course of history, the Soviet propaganda, to our surprise, decided to change the spirit of this movement. Heroic and victorious, and certainly tragic, revolution in the history women’s fight for their rights – it was replaced with the gifts of flowers and women’s perfume.