“No one gets trafficked because they are vulnerable but because someone benefits from it. If we get rid of profiteers, we can fight against trafficking of women and girls.” – Myria Vassiliadou, European Commission Anti-Trafficking Coordinator at Brussels’ Call The European Network of Migrant Women participated in the European Week of Action to End Sexual Exploitation (13-18 October 2019) organised by European Women’s Lobby. Although it has been five years since the European Parliament adopted the Honeyball Resolution which recognises that prostitution violates human dignity and human rights and is a form of violence against women, there is still a lack of viable action in European institutions. Progress has been achieved with Northern Ireland (2015), France (2016) and the Republic of Ireland (2017) joining the Nordic countries, Sweden, Norway and Iceland, by introducing the Equality Model. Nevertheless, sexual exploitation of women remains a crucial component of sex-based discrimination across Europe […]
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 Watch the video from the conference: The project is funded by the European Union
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.
NOURA HUSSEIN HAMMAD 19 y.o. SUDAN SURVIVOR of CHILD & FORCED MARRIAGE HONOUR BASED VIOLENCE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RAPE RELIGIOUS VIOLENCE DEFENDED HER LIFE & DIGNITY SENTENCED TO DEATH on 10 May 2018 DEATH SENTENCE OVERTURNED on 26 June 2018 Brussels, Sunday 13 May 2018 Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com Twitter: @Sodfadaaji @badreldins @AfrikaYM @ENOMW @EqualityNow Petitions: Avvaz & Change.org On 10 May 2018 Sudanese court OMDURMAN KHARTOUM, governed by the Sharia Law of Sudan, issued a death sentence, by hanging, to Noura Hussein for killing the man to whom she was forcibly married while defending herself against rape and sexual abuse at his hands. Noura Hussein was forcibly married off at the age of 16 years and was subjected to sexual and physical violence by her “husband”. In self-defense, Noura killed her “husband” after he attempted to rape her, yet again after having raped her while she was held down […]
GROUP FEMICIDE OF YOUNG WEST-AFRICAN FEMALES Brussels, 8 November 2017 Over 26 West African females, suspected to be from Nigeria and aged 14-18, have been found dead in the Mediterranean Sea in the recent days. The death of migrants at sea, from being a “tragedy” once, has now become a “norm” in Europe. In the case of Sub Saharan females whose lives have been lost en route to Europe, it is an outcome of the border management aggressively pursued by the European institutions. It is also an outcome of systemic male violence perpetrated against women at every stage of their journeys, outside and within Europe. While the Italian authorities are investigating this criminal case, European Network of Migrant Women condemns, in strongest terms, this act of Violence against Women, and is calling for timely, lawful and effective investigation in which the primacy of human rights should be respected above […]
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 […]
Vilnius, 3 October 2017 Two experts from ENOMW team took part in the consultation meeting on Trafficking in Human Beings (THB) organised by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) in Vilnius. The meeting brought together over 30 experts in THB law, policy and practice in order to support EIGE’s developing recommendations to facilitate the gender-specific implementation of particular provisions of the Anti-Trafficking Directive, namely Articles 11 to 17. At the meeting we discussed how Member States can effectively implement the Directive 2011/36/EU (Anti-Trafficking Directive) and to bring into clearer focus the gender-specific needs, as well as rights, of victims of human trafficking for the purposes of sexual exploitation and forced marriage. We also addressed the barriers and challenges and potential solutions to providing effective assistance, service provision and protection to victims. For more information of the meeting please read >>>
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 >>>