On 17 September we hosted an event “Unseen Victims, Untold Stories: Why Violence Faced by Asylum-Seeking and Refugee Women Remains Invisible in the European Union”. The event, co-organised with the Regional Institute for Crime Prevention affiliated with the United Nations, and SOLWODI Germany, funded by the European Union’s Rights and Justice Programme, presented the findings from case studies with over 4.000 refugee & asylum seeing women, counselling methodology. It was followed by the expert discussion between the four European Platforms: ECRE, PICUM, EWL and ENOMW. The video of the seminar is available below and the two publications, Handbook for Professional Counsellors & Training Manual on Gender-Based Violence, can be downloaded here: CCM-GBV_Handbook_English_for web CCM-GBV training manual_English
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Unseen victims, untold stories – Why violence faced by asylum seeking and refugee women remains invisible in the European Union? Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 11:00 – 13:00COPERNICO SCIENCE14, 14b Rue de la Science, Brussels We warmly invite you on the 17th of September at 11 am, to discuss, what can be done to assure that asylum seeking women victims of gender-based violence can access their rights in the European Union. In this event we will present findings from a project titled “Co-creating a counselling method for refugee women gender-based violence victims” funded by the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme. In the project we used innovative research methodologies to collect information on the phenomena of gender-based violence in the refugee context, and to uncover the stories of the women.
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”.
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 […]
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 […]
WOMEN AND GIRLS IN THE GLOBAL COMPACT ON REFUGEES Brussels, 14 February On 13 February National Governments started negotiations on the Global Compact on Refugees. The Compact is supposed to have four key elements: Easing pressures on countries that welcome and host refugees; Build self-reliance of refugees; Expand access to resettlement in third countries and other complementary pathways; Foster conditions that enable refugees voluntarily to return to their home countries. Women and Girls’s needs and voices have been traditionally overlooked in the formulation of policies concerning refugees. Many organisations have voiced their concern over the lack of gender attention given to female refugees, which effectively leave them behind. ENOMW shares the concerns of many feminists organisations involved in the consultation process on the Compact. Now that the Compact is taken to the level of inter-governmental negotiations, it is crucial that we inform the states on the obligations they have to […]
Brussels, 21/01/2018 In line with the European Commission’s year focused on actions to combat violence against women, the project “Co-creating a Counselling Method for refugee women Gender-Based Violence victims” (CCM-GBV) (01/11/2017 – 31/10/2019) has received a project grant under the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014-2020). Gender-based violence (GBV) is a violation of human rights, largely affecting women. GBV against refugee women has particularly received heightened attention since the EU’s migration crisis. Even though the CEDAW, Istanbul Convention and the EU’s Reception Directive (2013/33/EU) stress that women are a particularly vulnerable group, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) highlighted GBV against refugee women – including forced marriage, domestic violence, rape, sexual harassment and physical assault – as an area of concern in its June 2016 report on the migration situation. Information on the extent of the GBV problem amongst refugee women within the EU is however […]
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.
FEMINIST, REFUGEE, YOUNG WOMAN ACTIVIST Brussels, 29 November It is not a coincident that Mina Jaf, an Iraqi-Kurdish feminist, a refugee and a proud European resident, was awarded the prize in Youth Activism Category of 2017 Women of Europe Award. Mina is a tireless advocate for the rights of women, with the focus of her work and activism on female refugees across Europe and beyond. In 2015 she founded her NGO Women Refugee Route, to empower migrant and refugee women to access their rights and to become effective self-advocates. Based in Denmark, Mina works in Greece, Italy and other locations with high numbers of refugees. In June 2017 she was elected the Vice President of European Network of Migrant Women to become a source of inspiration and wisdom for all of our members ! The Women in Europe Awards, created by the European Movement International and the European Women’s Lobby, are […]