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#MMN_Voices Ghana Episode 6 – Diaspora Women on Migration

This 6th episode of the #MMN_Voices Ghana podcast provides information towards empowerment of women in diaspora by interviewing the political campaign strategist Lewamm Ghebremariam .


#MMN supports looking into entrepreneurship as a positive alternative to migration, particularly irregular migration.

FASHION ・SUSTAINABILITY ・AFRICA

#MMN Meetup: How can the Ghanaian fashion industry become a resource for sustainable alternatives to migration?

Talk and exhibits by Nuel Bans (founder & editor-in-chief of Debonair Afrik, a Ghanaian-based digital media publication) and Rhoda Wedam (founder and CEO of the Song-Ba Empowerment Center, Ghana)

What is needed to develop sustainable business opportunities in the fashion industry? Which role does second-hand clothing play for Ghana’s entrepreneurs? And how can local entrepreneurs become successful (inter)nationally? During our next #MMN meetup, our two guests will provide insights into the challenges and successes of Ghanaian entrepreneurs in the fashion market and discuss how sustainable fashion can create positive alternatives to migration.

The event will also feature two photo exhibitions, entitled In The Days Of Us and Fast Enough To Trash

About the speakers:

Ekuban Emmanuel, popularly known as Nuel Bans, aims to support Africa’s young and emerging fashion talents. He is a creative collector for The Style Lounge, a platform that scouts for and nurtures emerging fashion in Africa, Ambassador to Global Fashion Exchange, and founder & editor-in-chief of Debonair Afrik. Debonair Afrik is a Ghanaia-based digital publication covering fashion, lifestyle, publishing, and current events. It was founded in 2015 as a neo-Africanism publication and serves as an online news portal for Ghanaians and others in the Sub-Saharan region.

Rhoda Wedma is the founder and CEO of the Song-Ba Empowerment Centre. She focuses on supporting women and girls without formal education, who travel to urban cities as head porters (Kayayo) and helps them identify sources of income. She is also the #MMN local coordinator for the Northern Region, where she focuses on helping the youth in the region have access to accurate information regarding migration and learn about employment and educational opportunities they can pursue in their area.


When? Saturday 19.02.2022, 5-9pm (CET)
Where? r0g_office, Knobelsdorffstr. 22, 14059 Berlin and /migrantmedianetwork

To join us in Berlin, please send us an email at info@migrantmedia.network or message us via Instagram or Facebook

Registration is open until Friday, 18th February 2022.

Please note: 2G+ rules will apply. To attend, you must be tested and either be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have proof of recovery.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Women paving ways for a violence-free future for women by creating safe spaces.

According to a 2021 World Health Organization Report, https://www.who.int/news/item/09-03-2021-devastatingly-pervasive-1-in-3-women-globally-experience-violence, at least one in every three women and girls experience violence in their lifetime. In conflict and post-conflict settings, incidences of violence against women and girls (VAWG) are exacerbated, resulting in increased adverse social, economic, health and psycho-social effects. In an attempt to prevent and respond to the occurrence of VAWG in humanitarian settings, women and self-organized groups are working to create safe spaces for women and girls.

As commemorated by UN Women every year, this year’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women had the Theme ‚ ‘Orange the World-End violence against women now’. The 16 days of activism were observed from the 25th of November to the 10th of December 2021. During this time, UN Women urged the world to build on new actions and strengthen its commitments for a violence-free future against women. 

In our monthly series of “Women Empowering Women “, the Migrant Media Network (#MMN) hosted its first edition of the diaspora meet-up in Berlin, Charlottenburg. The discussion that marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women centered on women in migration with a theme ‘Creating safe spaces for migrant women ‘.

The event featured two female activists; Isatou Barry, a trainer and FGM activist with Terre des Femmes and Jennifer Kamau, co-Founder and women rights activist of the International Women Space* Berlin. Both of whom are active speakers on violence against women and empowering women. The two-hour discussion centered around the causes and effects of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), violence against women and girls, women’s rights in migration and asylum policies.

A recent study by the World Health Organization (WHO) https://www.who.int/reproductivehealth/topics/fgm/about/en/ recognizes FGM as an international human rights violation and shows that female genital mutilation has no health benefits but harms girls and women in ways such as chronic genital infections, severe menstrual cramps, painful sexual intercourse and dysfunction, complications during childbirth as well as depression and trauma. Most – if not all – traditional circumcisers have no medical background. They apply old, traditional techniques, leading to the death of some girls/women during the procedure. 

Refugees and migrants have not been able to achieve sufficient self-reliance. With this in mind, there is a need for refugees and migrant women to have access to jobs and educational opportunities to enable them to defend themselves against violence, sexism, racism, the violence of the asylum system and migration policies by documenting, making visible, and publishing their stories in their own words. This will also enable them to build their livelihoods.

“We are fed up with people speaking about us and not with us -women’s resistance is often oppressed, and women’s history hidden or ignored”, Jennifer Kamau of the International Women Space (IWS) elaborated, adding that IWS focuses more on asylum policies and what effects the policies in place have on migrant women.

According to a recent study conducted by Terre des Femmes approximately 70,000 girls (https://www.frauenrechte.de/rss/355-english/human-rights-for-women/news/4050-let-s-change-press-conference-70-000-women-in-germany-affected-by-female-genital-mutilation) and women in Germany have been genitally mutilated. Isatou Barry, a trainer with the organization- a violence-free women-led organization- says they focus on implementing measures on documented cases in Germany to end the harmful practice. They are doing this by conducting community engagements, especially on FGM literacy, by incorporating men in trainings to equip them better and help them understand the consequences of the harmful practice against women and girls.

Recommendations:

Both speakers asked for more dialogues on women’s rights and violence against issues affecting women such as asylum policies, FGM, sexual harassment and rape, noting that violence against women and girls is a human rights violation that has been perpetuated for decades. They furtherurged astand against rape culture” each case, according to them, is unique to the cultural sensitivities and barriers of each community. Isatou Barry observed that; in many cultures, being shamed and stigmatized for standing up against abuse can isolate an individual from their community. For example, a non-circumcised girl is excluded in the societies of circumcised girls.

They also recommended teaching the younger generation and learning from them should serve as an example for them to shape the way they think about gender, respect and human rights. “Start conversations about gender roles early, and challenge the traditional features and characteristics assigned to men and women,” said Isatou Barry.

Jennifer Kamau emphasized the importance of listening and believing the survivors. “When a woman shares her story of violence, she takes the first step to breaking the cycle of abuse. It’s therefore, on all of us to give her the safe space she needs to speak up and be heard”. She added that women on the move need gender-sensitive migration and asylum policies. The specific needs of migrant women and girls can only be addressed through gender-sensitive migration and asylum policies, including specific protection and support mechanisms 

In conclusion, Jennifer stressed that migrant and refugee women in Europe face particular challenges, including violence, difficulties in access to justice, a likelihood to fall into precarious situations, risks of abject poverty and social exclusion. Migrant refugee and asylum-seeking women and girls also often face double discrimination. They are sometimes restricted within their communities by cultural codes, customs, religion or tradition and by different stereotypes and institutional barriers in host countries. This is often challenging because they are perceived as different from European culture(s).

The Migrant Media Network (#MMN) monthly series of “Women Empowering Women “is an initiative by our Gambian/ diaspora community manager Nyima Jadama, our women and migration expert ‘coordinator. This blog aims to tell stories of women in migration, especially from The Gambia, focusing on irregular migration.

#MMN meetup: Women and Migration

The Migrant Media Network is hosting a meetup on the 24. November 2021 from 18-20hrs, CET that focuses on the experiences of African diaspora communities in Germany. 

This meetup will focus on women and migration, specifically on how to create safe spaces for migrant women. The meetup will take place at the r0g_agency office, Knobelsdorffstr.22, in Berlin-Charlottenburg. 

The event will feature talks by Jennifer Kamau, co-founder of International Women* Space and Isatou Barry, an activist fighting against the practice of Female Genital Mutilation. 

To join us, please send us an email at info@migrantmedia.network or message us via Instagram or FB. Registration is open until Monday, November 15th. The meetup is open to anyone interested in the topic; you do not need to be a member of a diaspora community to attend. 

2G rules will apply: you must either be fully vaccinated against covid-19 or have proof of recovery to attend. 

We look forward to meeting you!

Event Link : https://migrantmedia.network/event/creating-safe-spaces-for-migrant-women/

HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2021

Women need to discover that they are fierce and strong and full of fire, and not be afraid to show their strength. Women should no longer have to hold themselves back, but rather let their passions burn brighter than their fears.’ (Wedam Kadoa Rhoda, #MMN Local Coordinator, Northern Region) .

Events

FASHION ・SUSTAINABILITY ・AFRICA

#MMN Meetup: How can the Ghanaian fashion industry become a resource for sustainable alternatives to migration?

Talk and exhibits by Nuel Bans (founder & editor-in-chief of Debonair Afrik, a Ghanaian-based digital media publication) and Rhoda Wedam (founder and CEO of the Song-Ba Empowerment Center, Ghana)

What is needed to develop sustainable business opportunities in the fashion industry? Which role does second-hand clothing play for Ghana’s entrepreneurs? And how can local entrepreneurs become successful (inter)nationally? During our next #MMN meetup, our two guests will provide insights into the challenges and successes of Ghanaian entrepreneurs in the fashion market and discuss how sustainable fashion can create positive alternatives to migration.

The event will also feature two photo exhibitions, entitled In The Days Of Us and Fast Enough To Trash

 

About the speakers:

Ekuban Emmanuel, popularly known as Nuel Bans, aims to support Africa’s young and emerging fashion talents. He is a creative collector for The Style Lounge, a platform that scouts for and nurtures emerging fashion in Africa, Ambassador to Global Fashion Exchange, and founder & editor-in-chief of Debonair Afrik. Debonair Afrik is a Ghanaia-based digital publication covering fashion, lifestyle, publishing, and current events. It was founded in 2015 as a neo-Africanism publication and serves as an online news portal for Ghanaians and others in the Sub-Saharan region.

 

Rhoda Wedma is the founder and CEO of the Song-Ba Empowerment Centre. She focuses on supporting women and girls without formal education, who travel to urban cities as head porters (Kayayo) and helps them identify sources of income. She is also the #MMN local coordinator for the Northern Region, where she focuses on helping the youth in the region have access to accurate information regarding migration and learn about employment and educational opportunities they can pursue in their area.

 

Stammtisch At University Of Development Studies

 

 

Migration among the youth in the Northern Region of Ghana continues to be a risk to the future workforce of the Region. It is important for youth to set goals from time to time, everyone experiences difficulty getting started on the path to success. Each of us has a unique set of strengths that help us, as well as challenges that hinder us on the way. Goal setting helps us separate our strengths from weaknesses and make realistic plans for improving our lives. Goal setting provides focus and context to a mentor pair.

On the 5th of November, 2021. 30 participants from the University for Development Studies were engaged in a Stammtisch. The Stammtisch was made possible with a proper community entry which was done through the Student Representative Council. After our meeting with the Executives, we met the youth participants where an introduction was made. (Rhoda Wedam) The Local Coordinator went further to introduce the MMN project to the participants. She highlighted the major activities of the project and its operational areas to give the participants more information about the MMN Project. The topic for discussion was on planning the journey specifically on helping the participants to define smart goals for migration.

Women In migration Stammtisch

 

 

On the 5th of October, 2021, our second Stammtisch was held with young women of 4 training Centers in Tamale. The purpose of these young women is to address some of the social issues that motivate them to migrate. This Stammtisch was facilitated by Madam Humaimatu (Director at the National Vocational Institute) and Hajia Halimatu Sagito (Director of SWIDA Ghana). These facilitators are well-trained personalities who focus on training women in addressing social issues that affect their lives. Wedam Rhoda, the local coordinator for the MMN project in Tamale gave the welcome address to the participants and encouraged them to actively participate in the Stammtisch so as to get themselves well informed about the social issues that are affecting the lives of women and motivate them to migrate.

 

“Rural Urban Migration” A case of the Yendi Women

 

40 participants who are parents of young girls from 4 training Centers were organized for the first Stammtisch. The Stammtisch was organized at the Presby Lay training center, located on the Yendi road about 5km from the barrier. The meeting was made possible with a proper community entry which was done with the help of the Assemblyman and the heads or owners of the various training Centers.

Rhoda Wedam The Local Coordinator at the meeting introduced the MMN project to the participants and also the facilitator of the day who was in the person of Hajia Alimatu. She also highlighted the major activities of the project and its operational areas to give the participants more information about the MMN Project. The topic for discussion was further introduced for discussion which was on issues that motivates their female children to migrate to urban areas and Europe which was facilitated by Hajia Alimatu Sagito

Graduation Ceremony at Moree “PLANING A JOURNEY”

 

 

Nana Amyi IV invited Sabina Abuga (#MMN Local Coordinator) for the Graduation Ceremony of the Basic Education Certificate Examination(BECE) Graduands of Moree Catholic, Moree Methodist, and Moree D.A Junior High Schools.

Sabina presented the activities of the Migrant Media Network and used the bull eye theory to identify the plans of these potential Migrants as they are to sit at home for a few months for their results before they continue with their education. In the course of the interactions, it was realized that most of these potential Migrants were actually planning on traveling to the cities Accra and Kumasi. The topic discussed for the day was, PLANING A JOURNEY.

 

 

Seedy_Saidykhan – #MMN Diaspora Mentor #MigrationTalkShow

 #MigrationTalkShow on the 31st of Deecmber live on facebook at 18:00 o’clock with Susanne Bellinghausen #MMN_Migrant Media Network project manager – MMN #YahyaYaffa Human right activist, Radio producer and Diaspora mentor for The Gambia and Karamo Conteh (MIDE ) student in Berlin and Diaspora Mentor for The Gambia. We will be discussing issues of irregular and smart migration and also talk about the new German government and the changes to migration policy. ✍️🇬🇲
https://www.facebook.com/Seedyshow/videos/939535036954706

Stammtisch on irregular migration_NBR

Focus group discussion with youth returnees and entrepreneurs to hear from each other so as to take an informed decision on how to make best used of business opportunitie. By the end of the session participants should be able to understand what it takes to be a successful entrepreneurs and also to take an informed decision as youth.
The target groups are youth returnees, community members and entrepreneurs-

Community Outreach on irregular migration_LRR

1. Introduce #MMN and its activities to participants.
2. Open a forum for discussion on the issues of irregular migration, the impacts, challenges and safe migration at length. The target group are students.

#MMN Outreach PlanB4upack in Aworowa Town

 

 

Korsah Emmanuel and  Steve visited  Akumfi Ameyaw Senior High School which is located in the Aworowa Town but in the communities of Techiman at 8:30am Wednesday morning. They had discussions with the students by given them reliable information on Social Media +  Migration context and irregular migration especially the risks and dangers associated with it. The later enlightened them on how to plan before traveling and making relevant decisions before traveling. We also interacted with them on the topic human trafficking and cause of it.

#MMN Stammtisch Migration Context

 

 

 

 

On 16th November 2021,  Korsah Emmanuel and  Steve, #MMN Diaspora Mentor  visited the Our ladies of Mount Camel senior high school which is located in the Techiman town on Tuesday evening exactly 4:30pm. They had a discussion with the students by given them reliable information on migration context and irregular migration especially the consequences and risks involved by showing practical examples. We later enlightened them on how to plan before traveling and making relevant decisions before traveling. Questions and answers were thrown to our Diaspora Mentor Steve and he gave them accurate and understanding answers. We also interacted with them on the topic human trafficking and cause of it.