We are here because we have to. If migrant women themselves do not advocate for their rights – no one will.
European Network of Migrant Women (ENOMW) was formalised as an AISBL
(International Non-Profit Association) in Belgium in 2012. Prior to this a number
of migrant women organisations, who eventually became the founding members
of the network, had already forged partnerships and voiced the need for a
formal structure that would support, visibalise and promote the specific concerns and
rights of migrant women at the European level.
Eventually, we were able to develop into an autonomous, self-reliant and clearly
defined organisaton, with an ambitious mission to transform the world into a place
where migrant, refugee and ethnic minority women do not only act as recepients of
help but decision-makers and leaders, fully in charge of their own lives.
Since then we have been strengthening our political presence, our advocacy and our membership. We have executed projects and activities, organised events, seminar and workshops, published reports and position papers. Most importantly we have created a space for migrant, refugee and ethnic minority girls with the feminist vision to find each other, come together and find ground for collaborative work across our differences.
Our members create safe spaces for the most discriminated against persons
in our societies - migrant and refugee girls and women. Where they come
to heal, exchange, learn and co-create their own lives and stories.
Our members are the reason this network exists. They come from different parts of the
world: from Asia through Africa and the Arab world to Latin America, as well as the
intra-European migrants, they represent a unique cultural richness of women's global
struggle for economic, political, physical freedom. We have over 50 member organisations in 23 European States.
Our membership ranges from grassroots service providers to NGOs focused on advocacy and research. They cover a diverse range of subjects in the area of human rights of migrant & refugee women, with economic empowerment, anti-discrimination & access to justice and combatting Male Violence against Women and Girls, being the most frequent activities.
Our member organisations run shelters and hot-lines for migrant women. They provide
psychological and legal assistance. They execute educational programmes and campaigns.
They protest, disrupt and challenge power. They also research, publicise and lobby within
local and national institutions.