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International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

“Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is one of the worst physical and psychological scars a woman can be left with. My aunt cut me when I was 7 year old. I didn’t know what FGM was until the day it happened to me”, a statement by Ms Aasiya [not her real name], an anti-FGM activist from … Continue reading

Women’s Empowerment Group 2015

Eleven women joined their powers and for eleven weeks they met consistently and created the most powerful Women’s Empowerment Group by now. The purpose of the Group was to empower female refugees through  personal and social development. This was achieved through solid interactions among the members of the group, but also through the sharing of … Continue reading

Field trip to Kakopetria with the women’s empowerment group

  Last week, Alexia and Georgia, social worker and psychologist of Future Worlds Center, organized an excursion to the mountain village of Kakopetria with the participants of the women’s group*. The excursion aimed to bring together the women from different nationalities and cultures, and meet the culture of Cyprus away from the urban network, through … Continue reading

Workshop on reproductive health at the asylum Reception Center

  Workshop on reproductive health at the asylum Reception Center Continuing our work on the social support and the efforts for better integration, Alexia, Tonia, Maryann, Petra as well as other volunteers visited the Kofinou Reception Center for Asylum Seekers last week to conduct a women’s workshop on reproductive health. Asylum-seeking and refugee women are … Continue reading

Torture, the great shame of the 21st century

26 June 2012, International Day in Support of Victims of Torture  The 26th of June marks the UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture and provides us with an opportunity to honour the victims and survivors of torture, and for us all, survivors of torture and their allies, to stand in solidarity. Despite … Continue reading

Διεθνης Μερα Προσφυγων- Οι προσφυγες αναμεσα μας

H δεκαεξάχρονη Αμίνα δεν θα ξεχάσει ποτέ την ημέρα που αναγκάστηκε να φύγει από το σπίτι της στο Μογκαντίσου στη νότια Σομαλία, όπου έμενε με τη μητέρα και τις αδελφές της. Το όμορφο πρωινό εκείνης της ανοιξιάτικης μέρας του 2007 γέμισε σύντομα με φόβο και δάκρυα. Η κατάσταση στο Μογκαντίσου επιδεινωνόταν για χρόνια και  η  πόλη … Continue reading

World Refugee Day – The refugees amongst us

Sixteen-year-old Amina will never forget the day that she had to flee from her home in Mogadishu in southern Somalia, where she was staying with her mother and sisters.  There was a beautiful dawn, but the rest of that March day in 2007 was filled with fear and tears. The security situation in Mogadishu had been … Continue reading

UNHCR-JARLJ-ELENA: Summary report on sexual orientation and gender identity meeting

On 10 September 2011, the European Legal Network on Asylum (ELENA) of the European Council for Refugees and Exiles (ECRE), the International Association of Refugee Law Judges (IARLJ) and UNHCR convened an expert meeting aimed at discussing the common issues and challenges facing the judiciary and lawyers/legal representatives in examining asylum claims related to sexual … Continue reading

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