MIGRANT WOMEN IN EUROPE: FINDING POLITICAL VOICE THROUGH RADICAL SISTERHOOD by Anna Zobnina
On the 10th of November, Womenbeing presented the first International Women’s Conference in Edinburgh. To help us, we had the pleasure to have as our keynote, Anna Zobnina, strategy and policy coordinator for the Migrant Women Network. Born in St.Petersburg, Russia, Anna has over 10 years of experience in the area of intersectional feminist analysis of violence & discrimination against women, with specific focus on migrant women, sexual exploitation and care economy. She is a former Research Analyst with the Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS) and a selected expert with the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE). She served as ENOMW chair in 2014-2017 and currently works on the capacity building of the network, strategic advocacy and strengthening the inclusion of migrant women voices in the EU decision-making across such areas as access to labour & justice, sexual & reproductive rights and civic participation.
As she starts, she reads a quote from Nawal El Saadawi: ‘Capitalism, patriarchy and religion work together (for their unholy, mutual, material interests) against justice and equality between people in any country.’
With this Anna described the work done by the European Network of Migrant Women. It is the only Europe-wide feminist umbrella organisation that directly represents the opinion of migrant & refugee women & girls at the European and International level. Their 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.
To watch Anna’s entire keynote see our youtube video.
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