Posted on 8 July 2020 by CHILD-UP team
New Women Connectors is led by migrant and refugee women who have mobilised themselves in becoming a collective movement. Their aim is to raise awareness about the challenges and opportunities refugee and migrant women face in Europe, through facilitated platforms of discussion, thus creating a shift in communities and policy at large.
You can watch here the record of the conference organised by New Women Connectors about the resilience of refugee and migrant women facing the COVID-19 crisis, within the frame of the “Coping2Gather” initiative.
Coping2GatHer offers a space to reach out to refugees and migrant women during COVID-19 times. It aims to compile information on coping strategies, resilience and needs of refugee and migrant women through self-representation.
During the conference, a member of the CHILD-UP international stakeholders’ committee, Mrs Bonney Magambo from SINGA Lyon, participated in the conference and talked about her experience in France. In her intervention, she evoked social distancing, the difficulty of newly arrived migrant and asylum seekers to have access to administrative services and housing, and the involvement of migrant women workers in the “essential jobs” and especially in the health sector which makes them more exposed to the Covid-19. She also raised the issue of “social gap” for children when arriving in the host country and the difficulty to get basic access to the internet, which was essential to keep children’s education going on at distance during the confinement.
CHILD-UP researches into the level of integration of migrant children in Europe and their social condition, with the primary aim of providing support for migrant children’s exercise of agency in changing their own conditions of integration and constructing hybrid identities.