CEDAW REGIONAL EXPERT MEETING: OUTCOMES

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On 30 August 2019, European Network of Migrant Women, along with a group of civil society experts, participated in the regional CEDAW Consultation expert meeting [Consultation on CEDAW Art 6], organised by our Finnish member MONIKA -Multicultural Women Association (and umbrella platform of 16 migrant women NGOs in Finland) and National Council of Women of Finland. The outcomes of the meeting state: “The Monika – Multicultural Women’s Association, Finland and the National Council of Women of Finland underline that trafficking in human beings and exploitation in prostitution are severe forms of violence against women. We urge the importance to take all necessary efforts to decrease and prevent these human rights violations. We strongly encourage the CEDAW to re-consider the chosen framework of the forthcoming General Recommendation on Trafficking of Women and Girls in the Context of Global Migration and protect women and girls from violence and exploitation as well as […]

BRUSSELS CALL IN VALENCIA: COMMODIFICATION OF MIGRANT WOMEN’S BODIES

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Valencia, 14 November 2019 Por ti Mujer Association, a member organisation of the European Network of Migrant Women, held an event “Commodification of Migrant Women’s Bodies”, in the framework of the XVI Conference against gender-based violence «Si l’ajudes, pot» organised by the Department of Women and Equality of the City of Valencia. The event was opened by Lucy Polo, the president of the Association and a Colombian refugee. Juliana Jiménez Ledesma, a member of Radical Girlsss of ENOMW, presented the “Brussels’ Call: the fight against sexual exploitation at European and international level” and the Nordic/Equality Model, also known as the abolitionist model. She also presented ENOMW’s poster-campaign “Rise Up Against Oppression” aimed at raising awareness on the intersections between sexual exploitation of women and other forms of structural oppression.  Another presenter, a Nigerian native Vivian Ntih, spoke about her experience as an African woman trafficked into prostitution, in her talk “Trafficking […]

BRUSSELS CALL: WEEK OF ACTION TO END SEXUAL EXPLOITATION

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“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 […]

EU FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS COLLOQUIUM: WOMEN’S RIGHTS IN TURBULENT TIMES

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WOMEN RIGHTS IN TURBULENT TIMES Brussels, 20-21 November European Network of Migrant Women took part in the 2017 EU Colloquium on Fundamental Rights that was held in Brussels under the patronage of EC Vice-President Mr France Timmermans and this year was dedicated to the Rights of Women. The event brought together several hundreds of legal experts, activists, academics and specialist service providers in the area of women’s rights, gender equality and violence against women. DAY 1 Following the opening speeches that included a very powerful presentation by the prominent UK historian Mary Beard, who emphasized the pervasive tradition of attacking women’s free speech and self-expression in Europe, the floor was open to the participants through a series of thematic discussions covering a range of subjects: from women in decision-making, economy, employment and science to violence against women.     “It is important to understand how deeply silencing of women is […]

ENOMW STATEMENT ON THE GROUP FEMICIDE OF YOUNG WEST-AFRICAN FEMALES

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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 […]

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 […]

EIGE EXPERT MEETING ON PROTECTION OF VICTIMS OF TRAFFICKING

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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 >>>