Vilnius, 12-14 November 2019 European Network of Migrant Women took part, in the capacity of representative of European Women’s Lobby (EWL), in the international conference and an expert meeting, We are Safe in Our City, organised by the Lithuanian National Association of Women Rights, Women’s Issues Information Centre and the Klaipeda Social and Psychological Services Centre. The Conference was dedicated to discussing the manifestations of violence against women, its consequences, legal effects and liability, with a particular focus on sexual violence, sharing the best practices on prevention, assistance to the victims of violence and interinstitutional cooperation. It brought together international experts and professionals working in the field from Icelandic, Latvian, Estonian, Swedish, Ukrainian, UK and US non-governmental and victim support organizations and specialists of the Specialized Assistance Centers, stakeholders from regional law enforcement authorities, Ministries representatives.
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 […]
Article originally published on 21/12/2017, by The European NGOs for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Population and Development < here > Migrant women and girls and their access to SRHR in Europe While thinking about sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), Europe is praised for its leadership, however the inequities related to various SRHR aspects remain across different regions or certain groups. Read this inspiring interview with Anna Zobnina of the European Network of Migrant Women who shared with us the struggles faced by migrant women in the European continent and concrete recommendations related to these challenges.
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 […]
Copenhagen, 24-25 November To mark the 16 Days of Activism Campaign against Gender Based Violence we went to Copenhagen where, together with our Danish member Women Refugee Route (WRR), we organised a public event “Security and Tradition OR Violence against Women? Istanbul Convention and the Universal Rights of Female Migrants“. Our event also coincided with the publication of GREVIO Evaluation Report on Denmark released on 24 November, with one of the shadow rapporteurs to the GREVIO Committee as one of the panelist. Why Denmark? Why Istanbul Convention? Why Migrant Women? Denmark is known as one of the most progressive states in Europe. Not accidentally, the Business Insider ranks Denmark as “the second best country for women to live in”. But how accurate is this ranking and what factors do we consider when we name a place “best” for women?
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 […]
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 >>
Brussels, 7 March 2017, For immediate release: On 8 March 2017, International Women’s Day, Violence against women and girls: will Europe rise up in 2017? This year’s celebration of International Women’s Day on 8 March, comes as a new opportunity for the European Union to take action against violence against women. The European Commission has declared 2017 the European Year of focused action to combat violence against women and girls. A unique Coalition of more than 25 European-wide networks and NGOs dedicated to social justice and equality, the European Coalition to end violence against women and girls calls on the EU decision-makers to mark International Women’s Day with concrete actions.