More than 100 NGOs from 13 European countries and Turkey co-sign the following Petition for an effective recognition of the specific grounds for asylum for women, girls and LGBTIQA+ people.
Sexual and gender-based violence (including domestic violence, sexual exploitation, forced marriage, genital mutilation, trafficking, discriminatory legislation, repudiation, deprivation of their children) pushes many women, girls and LGBTIQA+ people to flee their countries and seek asylum in Europe.
These people are almost systematically exposed to violence and exploitation along the migration route: sexual violence by smugglers or in refugee camps, sexual exploitation or forced labour and confinement in trafficking networks in transit countries, including in European countries, threats, trauma and danger to their children.
When they arrive in Europe, inadequate asylum procedures and an unworthy reception await them. Asylum procedures fail to identify victims of gender-based violence or trafficking, accommodation facilities are inadequate, support measures are lacking. And their specific grounds for asylum are often not recognised, despite the principles set out in several EU directives and the provisions of the Istanbul Convention which recognises gender-based violence against women as a form of persecution giving rise to international protection.
We, the people of Europe and the world, call on the European Commission, the European Parliament, the European Council and the national governments of the Schengen area to:
We are a group of activists and associations fighting alongside asylum seekers in Europe. Through our daily struggle, we see the multiple forms of violence experienced by women and LGBTIQA+ people who come to Europe in search of refuge. Following the feminist demonstration %22Toutes aux frontiers “ (All women to the borders), which took place in Nice on 5 June 2021, we join forces: repression occurs at the European level, as does our resistance.
Read and sign the full petition here.