WG Migration and Gender

This working group is currently developing a new project with WIDE+ members and partners. We are planning to document innovative activities when migrant/refugee women and women rights groups are making a change for (refugee and migrant) women. We want to compile these cases and present to European decision makers; we also want to strengthen female migrant/refugee groups and associations in their operations and encourage dialogue on European and national level between groups, activists and associations.

The working group consists of WIDE+ members across Europe and partners  collaborate with the working group.

You can contact: info@wide-network.org for more information and when you are interested to take part. Interested activists, researchers, associations and groups are much welcomed!

Previous Activities:

European Capacity Building and Advocacy Meeting, 2016

WIDE+ co-organized with EWL (European Women Lobby) the Open Space Session: “to analyze, strategize, and (re)claim rights of female Refugees and Migrants” with the support of Open Society Foundations. The Session was part of a two day capacity building event WIDE+ co-organized with the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) on 14 and 15 November 2016, in Amazone, Brussels, Belgium.

The Open Space stressed the need for three key actions: the importance of creating and enhancing equal partnerships between women’s rights and migrant/refugee associations, making migration and asylum policy gender sensitive, and the need to promote and advocate for protecting the human rights of women refugees and migrants.

WIDE+ prepared a report that reflects the rich discussion of 50 representatives from national and regional women’s rights associations, grassroots women refugee associations and organizations working with women migrants and refugees based in 35 countries in Europe and beyond. It provides concrete recommendations for policy makers, human rights activists and women’s rights associations to improve the asylum and integration process for female refugees, undocumented and migrants.

Report: wideopenspace_migration2016_report

Panel at International Feminist Conference, 2016

The International conference “Movements, Borders, Rights? Feminist Perspectives on global issues in Europe”, on 24 and 25 October, 2016, Brussels, Belgium, that brought together almost 200 women’s rights activists, experts, civil servants and CSO representatives, offered a key Panel: “ Migration and women’s rights: When refugees cross borders to Europe and within Europe – old reflexes, new fences”, co-organized by WIDE+ WG members:

Report: https://wideplus.org/conference-2016/conference-2016-panel-2/

Advocacy Letter to promote Women Refugee Rights, 2016

In April 2016, WIDE+ proposed measures to improve situation of women refugees in Europe and Turkey in a public letter to UNCHR and UN Women as well as the Danish Government.

https://wideplus.org/2016/04/17/wide-proposes-measures-to-improve-situation-of-women-refugees-in-europe-and-turkey/