May 8th marked Mothers‘ Day in many European countries, and it represented a reminder that migrant women are among this vast and diverse group of women in Europe, who are mothers.
In May 2022, in the frames of the AMIF-funded project MUMS AT WORK, the European Network of Migrant Women ran an awareness campaign about, for and with migrant mothers, highlighting their contributions to European societies, and the obstacles they face.
“Like many European women they raise children, go to work and strive to create a better future for their families. Unlike many other women with a full set of rights in the EU, migrant women are often legally prevented from joining the workforce, and, often are excluded from it due to structural barriers such as the lack of child care support, lack of qualifications and skills, as well as their non-recognition. Often migrant women are excluded from the labour market due to cultural, linguistic religious barriers. Overall, migrant mothers find themselves in some of the most precarious situations, often living at the edge of poverty.
Yet, migrant mothers are also a diverse group, ranging in their skills and qualifications and representing the cultural richness in the European communities. They are often the agents of change and innovation within their own families and communities, despite the multiple obstacles and discrimination they are facing.”
Visit their website to see the campaign and learn more about their activity.