Feminist network promoting human rights of women and children

Joint Statement & Toolkit - Step Up to Ensure Access for All Survivors

BRUSSELS, 15 December 2016 – Ahead of International Migrants Day, the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM) and Women Against Violence Europe (WAVE) Network join their voices in calling for access to services for all women who are survivors of violence, no matter their migration status.

Across Europe, there are women who have experienced violence and are excluded from accessing support services because of their migration status. For them, going to the police risks deportation, and going to a women’s shelter risks being turned away. If the right to access services and justice in situations of violence and abuse is linked to a woman’s migration status, an undocumented woman or woman with a precarious migration status might lose her children, her livelihood and her dignity.

Winners of the Corinna Seith Award

Since year 2013, at every annual WAVE conference, which usually takes place at the end of the year (October or Novemeber), WAVE announces one winner of the Corinna Seith Award.

WAVE established the award three years ago in honour of former member Corinna Seith, a passionate feminist, researcher and women’s self-defence teacher, who died in 2010. The prize of 500 euros is awarded to the best paper written by a young scholar (PhD candidate/new PhD within the past five years or a researcher with a career of five years or less).

The winning publications (2013-2016) are available for viewing and download here.

Results of Project on Special Needs Now Available

The Daphne III project SNaP focussed on the protection of especially vulnerable victims of intimate partner violence/domestic violence. SNaP looked at the effectiveness and appropriateness of these measures and tools for different groups of victims with special needs in the five countries involved (Austria, Germany, Ireland, Poland and Portugal - see project partners). Furthermore, it explored alternatives, ranging from adapting existing measures to developing other kinds of interventions, which might meet the victims' needs in a better way.

Factsheet on the EU ratification of the Istanbul Convention!

On the 10th of November, the European Coalition to end violence against women and girls has launched a factsheet to support the EU signature and ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, the Istanbul Convention. The European Coalition convened by the European Women's Lobby, gathers more than 25 European civil society networks, including the WAVE Network. The coalition was created in light of the recent EU developments regarding violence against women, and the factsheet calls on different EU decision makers to act in order to ensure the signing and ratification of the Istanbul Convention by the EU in 2017.