ASYLUM SEEKING AND REFUGEE WOMEN: TACKLING THE BARRIERS IN THE ASYLUM PROCEDURES IN THE EU

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Policy Recommendations The following recommendations are based on the  Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (Istanbul Convention), which entered into force on 1 August 2014. 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. A lot of actors, such as the European Parliament have tried to change the situation by urging the Member States to implement certain measures. (Examples: EP report on gender-related asylum claims in Europe, EP resolution on the situation of women refugees and asylum seekers in the EU, GREVIO and NGO-coalition report on the situation in the different countries). However, those […]

#GIRLSVOICES: MEETING NEEDS OF MIGRANT GIRLS ON THE MOVE

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Brussels, 28 November 2018 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. […]

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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  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 […]

ONE YEAR SINCE EU’s ACCESSION TO ISTANBUL CONVENTION: DISAPPOINTING LACK OF PROGRESS

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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 […]

JUSTICE FOR NOURA

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NOURA HUSSEIN HAMMAD 19 y.o. SUDAN SURVIVOR of  CHILD & FORCED MARRIAGE HONOUR BASED VIOLENCE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RAPE RELIGIOUS VIOLENCE DEFENDED HER LIFE & DIGNITY SENTENCED TO DEATH on 10 May 2018 DEATH SENTENCE OVERTURNED on 26 June 2018     Brussels, Sunday 13 May 2018 Contact: justicefornoura@yahoo.com and daajisodfa.pr@gmail.com Twitter: @Sodfadaaji @badreldins @AfrikaYM @ENOMW @EqualityNow Petitions: Avvaz & Change.org   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 […]

GLOBAL COMPACT ON REFUGEES – WOMEN & GIRLS

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WOMEN AND GIRLS IN THE GLOBAL COMPACT ON REFUGEES Brussels, 14 February   On 13 February National Governments started negotiations on the Global Compact on Refugees. The Compact is supposed to have four key elements: Easing pressures on countries that welcome and host refugees; Build self-reliance of refugees; Expand access to resettlement in third countries and other complementary pathways; Foster conditions that enable refugees voluntarily to return to their home countries. Women and Girls’s needs and voices have been traditionally overlooked in the formulation of policies concerning refugees. Many organisations have voiced their concern over the lack of gender attention given to female refugees, which effectively leave them behind.  ENOMW shares the concerns of many feminists organisations involved in the consultation process on the Compact.  Now that the Compact is taken to the level of inter-governmental negotiations, it is crucial that we inform the states on the obligations they have to […]

COUNSELLING FOR REFUGEE WOMEN VICTIMS OF GENDER BASED VIOLENCE

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Brussels, 21/01/2018 In line with the European Commission’s year focused on actions to combat violence against women, the project “Co-creating a Counselling Method for refugee women Gender-Based Violence victims” (CCM-GBV) (01/11/2017 – 31/10/2019) has received a project grant under the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014-2020). Gender-based violence (GBV) is a violation of human rights, largely affecting women. GBV against refugee women has particularly received heightened attention since the EU’s migration crisis. Even though the CEDAW, Istanbul Convention and the EU’s Reception Directive (2013/33/EU) stress that women are a particularly vulnerable group, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) highlighted GBV against refugee women – including forced marriage, domestic violence, rape, sexual harassment and physical assault – as an area of concern in its June 2016 report on the migration situation. Information on the extent of the GBV problem amongst refugee women within the EU is however […]

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.   RSVP: Eventbrite 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 […]

ENOMW STATEMENT ON THE GROUP FEMICIDE OF YOUNG WEST-AFRICAN FEMALES

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GROUP FEMICIDE OF YOUNG WEST-AFRICAN FEMALES 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 […]

ENOMW STATEMENT ON FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION (FGM)

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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 […]