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.

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 […]

NADIA BAKHSHI AWARD

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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.   READ MORE …    

STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY WITH REFUGEE WOMEN AND GIRLS

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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 […]

UN SECURITY COUNCIL: SEXUAL VIOLENCE IN CONFLICT. SPEECH BY MINA JAF

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15 May 2017, New York – Following the release of the UN Secretary General Report on conflict-related sexual violence, UN Security Council held a meeting dedicated to the Sexual Violence in Conflict. Our member Mina Jaf, founder of Women Refugee Route, spoke at the meeting on behalf of the UN Group Women, Peace and Security, on the situation of women and girl refugees and the humanitarian responses to the sexual(ised) violence widespread in conflict and war. Watch Mina’s speech HERE >>>

IDEAS FOR EUROPE DINNER DEBATE: REFUGEE WOMEN IN EU POLICY AND ACTION

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On 31 March we were invited to take part in a dinner debate organised by the Centre Maurits Coppieters, to speak about the situation of migrant and refugee women and girls in Europe and the outcomes of the #WomensVoices project, that was coordinated by the European Women’s Lobby (EWL). Our chair, Anna Zobnina spoke at the debate addressed to over 70 members of Centre Coppierters, including members of the European Free Alliance (EFA), academics and youth organisatoins. You can read the full details of the debate here >>

OUR VOICE: AFRICAN REFUGEE WOMEN AND GIRLS’ PRAYERS OF HOPE

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Germany, April 2017, THIS COLLECTION OF PRAYERS BY AFRICAN WOMEN AND GIRLS was published by our German member, Maisha African Women and it documents the intimate thoughts, hopes and difficulties of refugee women as they travel towards and in Europe. From fleeing forced marriage and FGM to difficulties in obtaining legal status in Europe, to sex-, race- and religion-stereotyping  – these are the private prayers of women and girls, looking to be understood.   “Merciful God, there is a stereotype of women of my religion that seems to dominate the Western media, as weak-willed and submissive and always likely to be veiled. Some even say we do not have opinions of our own and worse, we cannot express these opinions in the presence of men. I am angry at these portrayals, as I had my own business and was never known to without an opinion, as were many other women […]