New Women Connectors (NWC) started in March 2019 as a non-profit organisation led by migrant and refugee women. Our team members come from different national, cultural, linguistic, ethnic, educational and professional backgrounds. However, we share many common experiences and strengths. Our platform provides refugee, migrant, undocumented and stateless diaspora the means to map their challenges, recommend solutions and become changemakers.
As an organisation, NWC believes in racial and gender equality and social justice and is dedicated to working towards creating systemic changes in policy and practice that ensure communities from migration backgrounds, especially women, can fully exercise their rights to protection, services and self-sufficiency. NWC actively advocates for “gender transformative changes” in EU migration policies. We promote equal opportunities and inclusion while avoiding stigmatization.
In 2019/2020 NWC has held at least 19 online and offline events, using 8 languages. We reached out to more than 1400 people and engaged feminist activists and community leaders from 28 different countries. Among them, 8 events were held by NWC and 11 were jointly held with other organisations. In these activities, new women came together and shared their lived experiences and opinions about topics as integration, racism, domestic violence, transphobia and the plight of LGBTIQA+ women and girls.
The mission of NWC is to achieve inclusive and fair policies for new women.
When we speak about “policy” we focus on governments, politicians, policy makers, policy implementers and professionals working with and for migrants and refugees on the European level.
When we speak about “new women” we focus on people categorized as refugees, migrants, undocumented and stateless persons and their diaspora, from different background living in Europe and more specifically in the Netherlands. In any case we will do so the next three years and after that we will decide to focus on other countries also.
we take a feminist approach that includes women’s rights, but is not limited to women alone.
we promote civic participation, representation and self-led advocacy by people with lived experiences of migration
we always stand in solidarity with racialized groups which face parallel exclusions, discrimination and barriers inside of Europe.
we promote the inclusion and recognition of these diverse life experiences in policymaking and provide analysis of the structures and cultures of working that disempower us
we highlight the discussion of human rights from the lived experience of people who’ve migrated.
To identify the critical issues that migrants living in different countries face;
To influence the priorities of EU agencies, governments and civil society;
To support the development of stronger national women-led structures and assist them to influence national policy reforms;
To create more spaces for refugees and migrants - especially women leaders - around the world to maximize their participation and engagement in gender-responsive solutions, highlight women-led best practices and work together with other women-led organisations;
To establish NWC as a sustainable and inclusive network creating regular and consistent space for dialogue between new migrant- and women-led organisations to support each other.