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.
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 – […]
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 >>>
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 >>
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 […]