ENAR’s achievements in November 2016
Check out ENAR’s and ENAR members’ main achievements and impact in November 2016.
– ENAR was invited to present the findings and recommendations of its Shadow Report on Afrophobia at the High Level Group on Non-Discrimination on 7th November. The group gathers representatives from all member States responsible for equality and nondiscrimination. This was the first time the group was discussing racial discrimination in a couple of years (with the exception of Roma rights).
– ENAR has joined the civil society coalition on violence against women calling for the EU to ratify the Istanbul Convention. ENAR managed to include calls to protect women from ethnic and religious minorities, including Muslim women, in the joint campaign material.
– As a lead up to the finalization of the new EU Counter-terrorism directive, ENAR published a joint press statement with leading human rights NGOs, as well as its own press release that was picked up in a Euractiv article. The media statements pointed to the new law leading to risk of undermining fundamental rights and having a disproportionate and discriminatory impact on ethnic and religious communities.
– Radio Afrika hosted on November 3rd in Vienna a Roundtable discussion on Afrophobia, its manifestations and its recognition with civil society actors, media experts and academics from the University of Vienna.
– ENAR and its member Africa e Mediterraneo were present at the European Asylum Support Service (EASO) Consultative Forum on 28th November 28 in Athens. The meeting address the transformation of EASO into the new European Union Agency for Asylum. ENAR expressed concerned about the need to timely consult Civil Society actors in line with Policy packages currently under review.
– UK member Apna Haq organised an event on feminism, spirituality and faith, gathering many participants and speakers such as the Muslim Women’s Network, Jewish Women’s Aid and Tell Mama.