ARE MIGRANT AND REFUGEE WOMEN’S RIGHTS HUMAN RIGHTS ?

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  10 December 2018, Brussels 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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

UPCOMING 07 DECEMBER: REFUGEE COMPACT – GIRL CHILD PERSPECTIVE

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  REFUGEE GIRL CHILD IN THE GLOBAL COMPACTS Women and girls who flee conflict, crisis and natural disasters, or who migrate for other reasons, such as domestic violence or poverty, face specific threats, including human trafficking, exploitation and sexual violence and a denial of their basic human rights. Yet there is a lack of interest and understanding for the specific situation of women and girls on the move by decision-makers and the media. In addition, despite gains in policy and practice in recent years, the capacities of refugee women and girls are too often overlooked. They are underserved, poorly protected, and excluded from decision-making processes.

EU FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS COLLOQUIUM: WOMEN’S RIGHTS IN TURBULENT TIMES

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WOMEN RIGHTS IN TURBULENT TIMES Brussels, 20-21 November European Network of Migrant Women took part in the 2017 EU Colloquium on Fundamental Rights that was held in Brussels under the patronage of EC Vice-President Mr France Timmermans and this year was dedicated to the Rights of Women. The event brought together several hundreds of legal experts, activists, academics and specialist service providers in the area of women’s rights, gender equality and violence against women. DAY 1 Following the opening speeches that included a very powerful presentation by the prominent UK historian Mary Beard, who emphasized the pervasive tradition of attacking women’s free speech and self-expression in Europe, the floor was open to the participants through a series of thematic discussions covering a range of subjects: from women in decision-making, economy, employment and science to violence against women.     “It is important to understand how deeply silencing of women is […]

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 […]

EUROPE-AFRICA CRISIS WE DON’T WANT TO NAME – ORGANISED SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF WOMEN AND GIRLS

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Brussels, 18 October 2017, EU Day Against Trafficking Overview of Crisis As of June 2017, the number of “migrants” which in this case references all those arriving by sea to Italy, rose by 21% in comparison to the same period in 2016. These official statistics present a composite number of economic migrants, refugees, as well as the victims of trafficking in human beings. Nationals of Nigeria closely followed by Guinea account for the largest number of the “migrants” utilising the central Mediterranean route to southern Italy. Statistics would suggest that most of those arriving are young Nigerian males subjectively categorised as economic migrants escaping poverty or civil unrest within their respective nations and becoming the victims the smugglers on their way to Europe. However, the statistics negate the sharp increase in the number of Nigerian women arriving in Italy. As of March 2017, the International Organisation for Migration estimates that […]

Libya: EU Focus on anti-smuggling will expose people to ill-treatment and arbitrary detention

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22 February European Network of Migrant Women joins over 70 organisations in a letter sent to EU heads of state and EU policymakers expressing concern about proposed EU cooperation with Libya The decision to transfer the responsibility for managing migratory movements along the central Mediterranean route to Libya will neither reduce human rights abuses, nor end smuggling. Instead, it will significantly increase harm and suffering.