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Tearing down walls – WEMIN project empowers migrant and refugee women living in Europe. Launch of the project WEMIN - 9 November 2018

On 9th November 1989 the Wall of Berlin was torn down overnight, ending almost 30 years of division in the German capital. Almost 30 years after, 9th November will be the launching date for the project WEMIN, which also intends to tear down walls and barriers in European cities, by ensuring migrant and refugee women are fully integrated in the communities they live in.

Project partners will organize a joint launch event on 9 November 2018, in their communities. Living together as an integrated society means breaking barriers day by day – on a linguistic, social, educational, and professional level. During the events, participants will discuss how to build bridges among local and migrant citizens in our cities, while fighting the growing approach of building new walls to stop migration. 
The Guide for Policy Makers produced by WEMIN and its findings will be presented. Its insights are particularly relevant for local policy makers dealing with migrant and refugee population, particularly with women. The guide highlights effective tools to facilitate their social integration in the host communities. 
By making sure migrant women are fully integrated in the European cities they live in, WEMIN empowers them to play an important role in their host communities. At the same time, the close interaction between migrant women and local citizens will challenge existing narratives on migration, strengthening the communities involved, thus making our cities better places to live in, for current and future generations.
ALDA and WEMIN believe inclusion and dialogue are the path ahead to prevent violence and radicalism in French cities. Local and national media play a key role in citizens’ perspective on migration – reach out to us to be part of the change! 
For further information and interviews, please contact:
Sissie Theodosiou Hellenic Open University, DAISSy Research Group (lead partner)
Solène Falk, ALDA Project Manager / 03 88 41 30 67
More information can be found on WEMIN’s website. Use #WEMIN to follow our activities on social media!

WEMIN project has been funded by the European Union’s Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund under grant agreement No 776211.
This news item reflects the views of the author only. The European Commission does not accept any responsibility for use that may be made of the information it contains. 


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