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 […]
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?
Edinburgh, 10-11 October 2017 We are extremely delighted to have been able to support and take part in the “International Interdisciplinary Conference on Gender Studies and the Status of Women” organised by our Supporting Member Women Being Project , jointly with Queen Margaret University of Edinburgh. The conference brought together participants from over 25 countries and gave them the opportunity to share and explore a range of diverse issues across several fundamental areas of women’s rights globally: justice, employment, education, health, gender stereotypes, religion and culture, as well as cross cutting patriarchal violence against women and girls. We hope to be able to take part in their event next year again ! ENJOY WATCHING RECORDED 2 DAYS OF CONFERENCE here >>> ! FULL CONFERENCE PROGRAMME here >>>
Vienna, 7-8 October 2017 We joined EWL members in the meeting of Lobby’s Administrative board for two days of productive discussions on Feminist Economics, the dangers facing women’s organisations all over Europe with the rise of alt-right, nationalist and religious fundamentalism, strategic brainstroming and sharing of experiences with other feminist organisations. On 7 October we also had an opportunity to join our sisters at the Lesbian March that walked through the central Vienna to reaffirm the rights of women for self defined sexuality, bodily autonomy, freedom from male violence, and opposition to racism, xenophobia and imperialism.
The Nadia Bakhshi Award* is established by Melissa Network with the support of Refu-Aid and the European Network of Migrant Women and will be given to refugee women in order to support their education and their contribution to social change. The award is named in the honour of Nadia Bankhshi who lost her life in Serbia in December 2016. She was leading the way for her daughter and two grandchildren away from oppression, to a world where she hoped that human rights would be respected. READ MORE …
Today, on World Refugee Day, we want to express our support for all those women and children around the world looking for a place to live in peace.
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 […]
29 April, London- We are delighted to have taken part in the conference “Defending Progressivism” – a day-long conference that focused on defending social-progressivism (Feminism, LGBT Rights, Freedom of Speech, Environmentalism, Secularism and Irreligiosity) organised by the Culture Project and Canatus News. ENOMW took part in the panel on “Racism, Far Right and Refugee Rights”. Below is the video of the panel “Feminist Mobilisation” chaired by Houzan Mahmoud, Kurdish Feminist and co-founder of the Culture Project, featuring Rahila Gupta, feminist academic, writer and board member of Southhall Black Sisters, Sarah Khan, co-founder of INSPIRE, Gita Sahgal, director of Centre for Secular Space, and Sadia Hameed of Critical Sisters.