COUNCIL OF EUROPE’S CONFERENCE ON MIGRANT AND REFUGEE WOMEN

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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”.

#GIRLSVOICES: MEETING NEEDS OF MIGRANT GIRLS ON THE MOVE

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Brussels, 28 November 2018 Girls face some of the strongest challenges when making the journey for asylum and a new life, yet as a group, girls’ needs often remains a significant gap in law, policy, funding and service provision. Subsumed under the terms ‘children’ and ‘women and girls’, data specific to the experiences of girls through migration and resettlement is often lacking, which leads to challenges in securing specialised resources. European Network of Migrant Women (ENOMW) held a joint event with the European Women’s Lobby, at the European Parliament, hosted by MEP Mary Honeyball, aimed at highlighting the specific situation, needs and role of migrant and refugee girls in Europe. Presenters included: MEP Mary Honeyball, Deborah Carlos, co-founder of ENOMW member Melissa Network of Migrant Women in Greece, Natasha Noreen, ENOMW individual member, Catriona Graham, Policy Officer of European Women’s Lobby, Sally Hayden, independent investigative journalist, Gwendoline Lefebvre, President of European Women’s Lobby. […]

GLOBAL COMPACT ON REFUGEES – WOMEN & GIRLS

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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 […]

COUNSELLING FOR REFUGEE WOMEN VICTIMS OF GENDER BASED VIOLENCE

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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 […]

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 […]

ENOMW VISIT TO DENMARK: ISTANBUL CONVENTION PUBLIC EVENT & MIGRANT WOMEN MEETING !

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  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?

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 […]

NADIA BAKHSHI AWARD

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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 …    

STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY WITH REFUGEE WOMEN AND GIRLS

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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 an individual’s life. In the case of a woman, whose entire life is aggravated by patriarchal discrimination, this toll is deep, lasting and pervasive. The male violence – […]