EUROPEAN NETWORK OF MIGRANT WOMEN (ENOMW) is the only Europe-wide feminist umbrella organisation that directly represents the opinion of migrant & refugee women & girls at the European and International level. Our diverse membership includes the women of Arab, African, Asian, Latin American and Eastern European descent and extends to over 40 migrant women grass-root and advocacy groups in 20 European countries.
Our call for more humane, transparent and effective resources for asylum and migration in the Union
6 November, Brussels
As EU co-legislators resume discussions on the basis of their negotiating mandates on the Asylum and Migration Fund (AMF) proposal, the undersigned organisations are joining forces to reiterate and highlight key recommendations and concerns . This statement should be read jointly with the detailed comments and exhaustive analysis of the proposal issued by the undersigned organisations .
The undersigned organisations acknowledge that the next Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF 2021-2027) negotiations are taking place during a challenging time. The substantial increase in funding proposed for asylum and migration is, however, welcomed by the undersigned civil society organisations (CSOs) and UN agencies, as a well-resourced AMF can play an important role in ensuring a rights-based and holistic approach to asylum and migration in the European Union.
Furthermore, we anticipate that the ongoing negotiations might result in delays and implementation gaps for EU-funded programmes in 2021. It is, thus, essential that Member States invest in their own national budgets to avoid European funds becoming the only source of funding available to support asylum and migration programmes. The AMF funds are and should remain complementary to national budgets, and actions financed through this instrument should have a strong European added value.
“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 and the globe. It is therefore of the utmost importance that we come together and call on European leaders to take action through the implementation of European legislative on prostitution.
On 21 November 2019, European Network of Migrant Women, together with our partners in the SMART Volunteering Project, will hold a conference on the socio-economic integration of migrant women, hosted by the European Socio-Economic Committee, in Brussels. The event will include the presentation of findings and methodologies for the multi-agency approach to integration of highly skilled migrant women, through targeted assisted volunteering programmes. It will be concluded with a multi-agency interactive workshop.
DRAFT PROGRAMME: smart volunteering event invitation_draft agenda
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:
Watch the video from the conference:
UNSEEN VICTIMS, UNTOLD STORIES: Why Violence Faced by Asylum-Seeking and Refugee Women Remains Invisible in the European Union ?Slået op af European Network of Migrant Women (ENoMW) i Tirsdag den 17. september 2019
The project is funded by the European Union
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Narrowing the gap between rhetoric and practice to protect women and girls from violence at the core of the 3rd Workshop held in Madrid, Spain on the 3 July
European Network of Migrant Women participated in the 3rd Workshop for the Empowerment of Women, organised by the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe in cooperation with the Casa Árabe. ENOMW’s Strategy Coordinator Anna Zobnina chaired the session “Building cross-border cooperation in protecting refugee and asylum seeking women and girls”, with the speakers from the UN WOMEN, Gender and Migration Unit, and IOM’s Human Trafficking Focal Point.(more…)
On 9 July 2019, ENOMW’s Brussels Officer, Sinem Yilmaz, spoke at the EESC – European Economic and Social Committee event on Migrants’ and Refugees’ Social and Economic Inclusion, where she presented an overview of the project Smart – volunteering for female migrant. This project concerns the model of multi-sectoral cooperation – between Civil society organisations, businesses and migrant women – to facilitate the highly qualified migrant women’s access to labour market, through structured and assisted volunteering programmes.
FREE KHACHATURYAN SISTERS !
Three Russian sisters, Krestina (19 y.o.), Angelina (18 y.o.) and Maria (17 y.o.) face up to 20 years in prison for stabbing their father to death as self-defense. Mykhail Khachaturyan. was known to be a family tyrant, an alleged drug dealer and an influential mafioso who had sexually assaulted, raped, and battered his teenage daughters for years and held them nearly captive in the house. Russian legal system, including police and social services, did not help Khachaturyan sisters, despite recurring evidence, neighbors and other family members reports who had witnessed or even themselves suffered from continuous Khachaturyan’s violence and abuse.(more…)
ASSIST: Gender Specific Legal Assistance and Integration Support for Third Country National Female Victims of Trafficking for Sexual Exploitation.
ENoMW is delighted to inform that we are partnering in new innovative anti-trafficking project to assist trafficked migrant women, who are third country nationals in the EU. The project focuses on the integration of trafficked women recovering from sexual exploitation. This initiative takes into account the gender dimension of trafficking in Europe and the gender specific harms and trauma associated with trafficking for sexual exploitation.(more…)
Unseen victims, untold stories – Why violence faced by asylum seeking and refugee women remains invisible in the European Union?
Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 11:00 – 13:00
COPERNICO SCIENCE14, 14b Rue de la Science, Brussels
We warmly invite you on the 17th of September at 11 am, to discuss, what can be done to assure that asylum seeking women victims of gender-based violence can access their rights in the European Union.
In this event we will present findings from a project titled “Co-creating a counselling method for refugee women gender-based violence victims” funded by the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme. In the project we used innovative research methodologies to collect information on the phenomena of gender-based violence in the refugee context, and to uncover the stories of the women.(more…)