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EWL and ENoMW launch lobbying campaign for gender-sensitive family reunification policies

[Brussels, 18 January 2012] In the context of the European Commission public consultation on the right to family reunification, the European Network of Migrant Women and the European Women’s Lobby have launched a lobbying campaign that calls for gender-sensitive EU policies on family reunification.

We are calling on the European Commission to enforce the current EU Directive on the right to family reunification, rather than reopen legislative negotiations, which, given the current political climate, could be detrimental to migrants. In particular, we call on the EU and the member states to ensure the Directive is implemented in a gender-sensitive manner.

Lobbying Kit - EU Directive on the Right to Family Reunification: What is at stake for migrant women?

The ENoMW and the EWL have produced a Lobbying Kit that helps organisations and individuals to get involved. The Lobbying Kit provides useful background information, and it offers several tools to effective lobbying for EU family reunification policies that uphold the rights and meet needs of migrant women.

Video clips on the right to family reunification

In order to raise awareness about discrimination against migrant women with regard to the right to family reunification, The ENoMW and the EWL have produced three video clips.

The clips tell the stories of three migrant women: Liz, Saheli and Claudia. Their stories highlight the main challenges that migrant women face, because family reunification policies do not take their specific needs and situations into account.

The story of Liz: http://youtu.be/7tjDWdoY5LU

The story of Saheli: http://youtu.be/S433mRjDj5c

The story of Claudia: http://youtu.be/MvFRDCYfIcM

What can you do?

You can join our efforts in different ways:

  • Answer to the European Commission consultation on the right to family reunification before 01 March 2012;
  • Use the tools of the Lobbying Kit to influence policy-makers and inform the general public in your country;
  • Disseminate the Lobbying Kit and the video clips widely through your website, Facebook and Twitter

Join us and help to protect and promote the rights of all migrants - women, men, girls and boys!

If you have questions, contact Selmin Caliskan, caliskan@womenlobby.org

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