PICUM REPORT LAUNCH: Strategies to End Double Violence Against Undocumented Women - Protecting Rights and Ensuring Justice"

Launched at the European Parliament

"Strategies to End Double Violence Against Undocumented Women -
Protecting Rights and Ensuring Justice

BRUSSELS, 21 June 2012

The Chair of the ‘Committee of the European Parliament on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality’, MEP Mr. Mikael Gustafsson (GUE/NGL) was joined by MEPs Ms. Sirpa Pietikäinen (EPP) and Ms. Jean Lambert (Greens/ EFA) in launching PICUM’s seminal report and addressing the need to improve access to justice for undocumented women in Europe.

Across the EU, undocumented women are turned away from women’s shelters and risk arrest or deportation if they contact the police. As one social worker in Belgium explained, “Undocumented women often stay in their situation of violence until they’re beaten to death because they don’t dare to go to the police or ask for help.”

To address this urgent situation, PICUM’s report provides an overview of the laws, practices and partnerships that respect rights and ensure justice for all women in Europe without discrimination. It shows what works, where, and how it came about.

Responding to the growing recognition to place women’s protection needs ahead of their migration status, PICUM shows how this can be done practically, coherently and in accordance with the duties of law enforcement, legislators, civil society, and policymakers.

The examples in this report are a testimony to the agency, capacity and impact of migrant women themselves in bringing about change. As one undocumented woman told PICUM, “We will continue to fight for our rights, for rights of all migrants; especially for those working hard in this country.”

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