THE STATEMENT OF RadicalGirlsss, the Young Women Group of the European Network of Migrant Women DOWNLOAD STATEMENT IN ENGLISH || FRENCH || ITALIAN || SPANISH || POLISH || PORTUGUESE INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ELIMINATION OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN On the occasion of the 25th of November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, we, the Radical Girlsss are obliged to take a strong position in the struggle and defence of the Human Rights of women and girls. WE DENOUNCE the patriarchal violence to which we are subjected every day in its many manifestations. We denounce femicide, rape and sexual aggression, sexual exploitation, street and workplace harassment, institutional male violence, the wage gap, economic violence, among many other forms of violence that continue to threaten and condition the lives of women and girls around the world. WE FIGHT against this system, in which violence and exploitation of women’s […]
#RadicalGirlsss #WhyRadical #RGWeekly 🔥🔥🔥 FR & ES BELOW All our lives, as girls, as young women, we have been told over and over that women never invented, women never created, women never existed. When we were girls and first started reading, books taught us that boys could do anything – explore and conquer, fight injustice, save others and themselves. The same books never showed that girls were able to do the same. They made us believe that we were supposed to wait around for a boy to come and save us. Because in books and fairytales, the only women with power are witches and we are told that witches are bad. They are destined to be ugly, mean and always alone. When we were girls and first started going to school, we looked around and all we saw were boys – […]
A Letter to the Young Woman I Once Was (And Still Am) #RadicalGirlsss #WhyRadical #RGWeekly 🔥🔥🔥 FR & ES BELOW ____________________________________________ One day, you will look back and realize that there was no shame in being angry. You will look back and realize that you were nor selfish, nor wrong to object and to speak to structures in which women, of all ages and all backgrounds, are systematically oppressed. Systematically disregarded. Systematically wounded. Systematically harmed. Systematically scarred. Systematically beaten. Systematically brutalized. Systematically raped. Systematically killed. Systematically silenced. One day, you will look back and realize that your outcries, your “no’s”, your resistance, they were fundamental for you to not engage in the same patterns of silent obedience and acquiescence. You will realize that your conscient objection had a deeper meaning: that of leaving a world behind in which girls, like the one you once were, are not systematically oppressed. […]
#RadicalGirlsss #WhyRadical #RGWeekly 🔥🔥🔥 FR & ES BELOW When asked to write the first post, we took the task with so much enthusiasm, although we weren’t convinced about the different topics of discussion. Then, we spent a couple of hours writing down sentences about prostitution, feminism, solidarity and equality, but as the words were taking form on the document, it sounded so academic and very far from our own feelings. That’s why we found ourselves deleting different sentences and writing down disconnected thoughts around anger and vulnerability. Anger, as young women are trying so hard to resist, while fighting to ensure that our existence is recognized. We resist, even when the world doesn’t notice that we exist. Vulnerability, as days pass and we find ourselves compromising our dreams, and, inevitably, our own emotions. Anger, despair, a world in which girls are not free […]
FEMINIST FORUM, organised by European Parliament Coalition GUE/NGL BRUSSELS, 7 MARCH 2019 Noura Raad YOUNG MIGRANT WOMEN RESISTING PATRIARCHAL VIOLENCE “The topic of my speech today is about building a feminist generation, that will be a strong feminist generation. It is about the young migrant women who, like all women, are the victims of violence, linked to the fact that we still live in a world where men are in charge; a world of men’s domination. The young migrant women experience high pressure in the country of origin, and they also play a crucial role in fighting the male oppression. For this reason young women often leave the country of origin to study abroad, or to find a job, or to look for a better life, to flee men’s control. These women arrive with skills, capacity, and full of energy, and again, suddenly, are dominated by men. This is a […]
More must be done to help women and girl refugees and migrants – Council of Europe, Athens, 3 October 2018 (source: Council of Europe) At a Council of Europe conference today in Athens to focus on challenges faced by women and girl refugees and migrants, Anna Zobnina, Strategy & Policy Coordinator for the European Network of Migrant Women stressed that not enough is being done to care for the specific needs of women and girl migrants. More should be done to construct facilities for women specific needs, she told some 100 participants, including government staff and NGOs dealing with refugees in both origin and destination countries. Many more boys are being officially recorded as unaccompanied, but what about the girls, she stressed, pointing out that half of the refugee population is made up of women and girls: “Girls are going missing”.
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. […]