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.

MINA JAF: THE WINNER OF 2017 EUROPEAN WOMEN YOUTH ACTIVISM AWARD !

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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 […]

STUDY VISIT: EU Thematic Network on Migrants in North Rhine Westphalia

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  North Rhine Westphalia, 21-22 November European Network of Migrant Women participated to a Study Visit to North Rhine Westphalia (NRW), Germany. The visit was organised by European Social Fund Transnational Platform, EU-Thematic Network on Migrants and brought together ESF managing authorities, intermediate bodies and civil society organisations. The theme of the study was the role of business sector in the integration of migrants. Four different projects/initiatives were presented to show the importance of employment involvement in labour market integration programmes:   Education and employment of migrants in the health care sector, University Teaching Hospital Essen Labour market policies in NRW and initiative ‘that’s what we do’, PerMenti: Integration of qualified migrant women into the labour market Seamless labour market integration from education to vocational training and employment, Evonik & RE/init.  

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]