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International Women's Day - refugees and asylum seekers

News Alert - 08-03-2016
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On the occasion of 2016 International Women's Day (March 8), the European Parliament is focusing on the plight of women refugees and asylum seekers.

As the number of refugees in Europe continues to climb, an increasing share of those fleeing their countries are women and children. Since the beginning of 2016, women and children account for 55% of those reaching Greece to seek asylum in the EU (source: UNHCR).

During their plight, women are particularly vulnerable and are often subject to gender based violence and discrimination. The European Parliament therefore feels that a gender perspective in this sensitive area is particularly necessary and gender sensitivity in all aspects of asylum policies is needed.
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  1. Plenary sesion debate - Women refugees    08/03/2016

A call on member states to adapt refugees' facilities and asylum procedures to the specific needs of women, often travelling with children, are up for a debate and vote on Tuesday, 8 March. UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi addresses the plenary just before the vote, followed by statements by the political group leaders. A press conference is scheduled at 16.00.

  1. Interparliamentary Committee Meeting    03/03/2016

Violence against women refugees, their living contitions in camps and possible integration measures are debated by MEPs and national MPs in a meeting to be opened by EP President Martin Schulz and Ireland's former President Mary Robinson.

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