Inspiring Thursday: Niloofar Rahmani

  “She wanted to be a female pilot and defend her country, and she does not believe being a woman must prevent her from her dream”. Niloofar Rahmani was born in 1991 in Afghanistan. Since she was a child, she dreamed of flying over Afghanistan’s sky. So, she started to improve her English to enrol …

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Inspiring Thursday: Pardis Sabeti

“My father took one of the toughest jobs in the government because he cared about his nation more than himself. His courage and conviction have always driven me to want to make a difference.” Pardis Sabeti is an Iranian American scientist and scholar in biology and genetics. Her research focuses on developing a genetic algorithm …

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Inspiring Thursday: Kamala Harris

“If we do not lift up women and families, everyone will fall short.” It was in 1958 when Shyamala Gopalan entered the USA from India to study at the University of California, Berkley. She was a civil rights activist and later became a breast cancer researcher. During the civil rights movement protests, she met a …

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Trafficked women and girls among asylum seekers in Austria

The vulnerable situation of trafficked women and girls seeking asylum is widely recognized. Consequently, women and girls affected by trafficking are entitled to special procedural guarantees(2) and special reception conditions(3) during their asylum proceedings. In order to guarantee those rights, EU Member States have a positive human rights obligation to identify potentially trafficked women and …

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The legal barriers affecting undocumented women in Italy

Miriam(1) is a young migrant woman who turned to a women’s anti-violence centre in Northern Italy to escape the violence perpetrated by her husband. Miriam held a residence permit for family reunification and had entered the shelter three months before her permit was due to expire. Miriam had two possibilities to remain in Italy. The …

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Shelters for undocumented migrant women in the Netherlands

Migrant women are powerful women. It requires determination and perseverance to make the journey from your home country to a new and unknown country. Certainly, if it is not clear how the future will look like − asylum seekers and other migrants cannot count on a warm welcome. Migration legislation is cruel − not everyone …

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