MUDEM Refugee Support Centre is currently working to introduce a ‘Migrant Women Empowerment Program’ in Ireland. The project aims to promote equality in Ireland by encouraging migrant women into employment through mentoring and workshops.
We for Women is a virtual “hive”. This “hive” seeks both migrant women and Irish people to come together to work towards integrating unemployed migrant women into the labor force. The volunteers will assist these migrant women by equipping them with legal information, improving their social and professional skills, encouraging them and strengthening their english language through free mentoring and workshops.
We for Women matches migrant women with people in the Irish workforce. The two groups are referred to as mentees and mentors. Matching is based on the mentee’s (migrant woman) personal wishes. Anyone in Ireland can be a mentor in this “hive”.
Mentees benefit through 1-1 meetings at which they are on an equal standing with the mentors. The mentors provide access to their professional networks, provide appropriate advice regarding various subjects such as the english language, legal rights, job interviews, entrepreneurship etc.
On the other hand, mentors get to put their experience to new use and gain new perspectives on their own life and career. They are motivated to help their mentee integrate into the Irish workforce while also gaining knowledge and insights into the challenges of migrant women.
To check out the hive: www.weforwomen.ie
Youth Work for Refugee Visibility
MUDEM is currently collaborating with Youth Work Ireland and with the funding support of Erasmus+ are running the project ‘Youth Workers Mobility’ between Ireland and Turkey.
In UNHCR’s (the UN Refugee Agency) 2013 ‘Global Review of Displaced Youth’ it states that only 14% of its managers worldwide reported fully achieving their target actions for adolescents. It is recognized as one of the top four gaps in implementing its Age, Gender and Diversity policy. Little data exists within UNHCR on the globally displaced population of those aged 15-24 years and yet evidence suggests that those in this category form the majority of UNHCR’s ‘Persons of Concern’.
The EU Commission acknowledges that youth work and non-formal learning activities can significantly contribute to addressing the needs of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants while also increasing awareness about this issue within local communities. The EU Commission wishes ERASMUS+ to particularly contribute towards supporting youth mobility projects involving or focusing on refugees/asylum seekers and migrants.
Turkey continues to host the largest number of refugees worldwide. They host close to 4.1 million refugees, including 3.7 million Syrians and nearly 400,000 asylum-seekers and refugees of other nationalities. While the government leads the refugee response, national and international relief organisations and NGOs are working hard to enhance the integration of migrant populations. Ireland has more limited numbers of refugees, but new arrivals have caused challenges for communities and the youth work sector. Ireland has also pledged to take more people in need into the country under EU relocation and resettlement schemes.
Therefore, the project partners wish to develop and strengthen their ability to work with young refugees in their respective countries. In Turkey, MUDEM wishes to further its capacity to do this by strengthening its youth work practice and aligning it to European standards and policy priorities. Youth Work Ireland wishes to further its work with refugees by learning from an organisation with considerable experience and practice in running a number of refugee projects with substantial numbers on the frontline of the recent refugee crisis. They also wish to develop mutual understanding and share their respective strengths in this field whilst building a relationship of co-operation for future work in this and related fields.
The primary goal of the Youth Worker Mobility Project is to provide assistance to the young people who represent some of the most disadvantaged, excluded and hard to reach groups in Europe and beyond.
FLAC - PILA Project
MUDEM Refugee Support Centre established in Ireland with a pro-bono legal aid service supported by FLAC-PILA Programme.
PILA works to inspire and engage lawyers in pro-bono work by supporting a culture of legal practice that actively delivers free legal assistance to those who are unable to pay for or access legal help. All legal assistance provided through PILA is given the same priority by lawyers as paid work and is completed to the same high standards. This includes ensuring that lawyers are competent to take on the matter, fully observe client confidentiality and all other rules of professional ethics. Legal partners agree to complete the work to an agreed deadline and to the NGO’s satisfaction.
A&L Goodbody took MUDEM’s case. Both their company and employment lawyers established the MUDEM Refugee Support Centre office and solved any work permit issues of the employees. They still provide legal advice to MUDEM when the need arises.
A&L is the leading law company in Ireland and is a sustainable partner of PILA.