European Network of Migrant Women

Two day residential workshop for Afghan women activists in Spain: Malaga, 18-21 March 2022

On the weekend 18-20 March 2022, European Network of Migrant Women, jointly with our members from Sweden and Poland, and supported by EPIM Foundation, organised a two-day residential workshop for the Afghan women with whom we have maintained communication since supporting their evacuation to Spain in August 2021. This workshop built on the two previous workshops that European Network of Migrant Women, jointly with Afghan Women Organisation in Sweden and She4She in Hungary, organised online for a larger group of Afghan women in different European countries.

Altogether 25 women, including mothers, single mothers and young women, travelled to Malaga from different regions of Spain to take part in the workshop. For many of these women who had been civil society activists, lawyers, judges, writers and community organisers in Afghanistan, this was the first opportunity since their arrival to Spain, to reunite with the women from their own community, speak their language and discuss the issues pertinent specifically to the Afghan female refugees in Spain. This meeting was also an opportunity for the women to celebrate Nowrooz, the Afghan / Persian New Year the fell on 20 March.

In the two days of intense programme run by the experts from ENoMW the women participated in the following workshops and activities:

- WENDO Self-Defense Class, conduced by a certified WENDO Trainer and ENoMW member in Poland, Olesya Malyugina
- Yoga workshop
- Workshop on IT and access to Education, conducted by our Spanish partners
- Guided walk in nature with meditative and physical exercises
- Workshop for mothers
- Workshop for young women/daughters
- Workshop on male violence against women and women's human rights
- Bonding activities through cooking and dance

Each workshop was run in English or Spanish AND Dari. Each day of the workshop was introduced by a collective warm-up exercise and was concluded with a collective dinner prepared by the Afghan women themselves. The lunches each day were kindly made for all by our Spanish partners so that participants could focus on workshops and activities during the day. Each woman who participated in this weekend was awarded the attendance certificate in the end of the programme and was asked to complete an evaluation questionnaire. By the end of the workshop most participants expressed the desire to continue maintaining contact with each other and ENoMW and would like to continue the online sessions.

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