THE ENFEM PROJECT

The ENFEM project of which Arci Lecce is the leader, aims at the social and cultural inclusion of migrant women. It brings together nine partner organizations located in six European Union countries and in particular in nine cities: Lecce and Pisa (Italy), Molenbeek and Rixensart (Belgium), Madrid and Granada (Spain), Maribor (Slovenia), Hamburg (Germany), Lasithi – Crete (Greece): all multicultural cities, which have to cope with the presence of a large number of migrants from different cultures.

It is funded by the Amif (Asylum Migration Integration Fund), a fund set up by the European Commission to promote the efficient management of migratory flows and the implementation, strengthening and development of a common EU approach to asylum and migration policies. .

“We need to share our experiences with the other territories of the European Union – states Anna Caputo, president of Arci Lecce – to create a network that is efficient and functional for the reception of women who flee from wars and persecutions.

The migrant woman is doubly discriminated: first as a woman and then as a migrant. It is a new subject whose reception policies do not deal specifically and with experiences like EnFem we aim to build from the bottom of the interaction models that we hope can become replicable even at the institutional level “.

Starting from a scientific investigation that will be conducted in the pilot cities, the aim is to identify the phenomenon and characteristics of the poor integration of migrant women and the image of local actors. The migrant woman is a doubly weak subject who is faced with double discrimination, first as a woman and then as a migrant.

THE INITIATIVES \ The analysis of the data will provide a series of useful recommendations to the local communities of the partner countries and the EU bodies and will lead to the development of a proposal for a local action plan, to be developed in the partner cities to understand and improve the social and cultural integration of migrant women. After the statistical work, a research will be carried out on best practices concerning partner cities, to identify case studies, winning practices, and transfer this know-how to the European level.

The EnFem project also envisages the creation of “creative ateliers” within each of which 30 migrant women and local women aged between 16 and 50 will work side by side to narrate their meeting through video and document more in general condition of the migrant woman in the different realities of the European Union.

The idea of the creative atelier comes from a good practice developed by the Municipality of Molenbeek, in Belgium and has been tested on young people from different cultures. The contact with the camera, the need to show and to show in video, the need to tell are a wonderful tool for group cohesion and allows the production of material of great documentary value.

A team of qualified experts will support the creation and animation of the studios and a local coordinator will guarantee the mediation between the participants. The women themselves will be the main characters and directors at the same time of their short film.

EnFem also provides for the activation of citizenship initiatives: round tables and debate, information initiatives at local level with the participation of a plurality of local actors (local authorities, associations, refugee centers, representatives of migrant and non-migrant women) to stimulate public debate on the condition of migrant women and bring out the theme in the public sphere.

At the end of the project a documentary film will be presented, realized with the material produced by the creative ateliers and will be broadcast in partner countries and disseminated on the web.

PARTNER \ The Arci Lecce association is the leader of the project. Next to her will work the following partners:

  • MCCS (Maison des Cultures et de la Cohésion Social de Molenbeek): cultural space made available by the municipality of Molenbeek-Saint Jean (Brussels), which organizes theater, linguistic and cultural workshops;
  • Municipality of Lasithi- Crete: which faces the arrival of numerous migrants and refugees;
  • Pluralis: Expert in multimedia communication;
  • APS (Alianza por la Solidaridad): international organization deals with the defense of the fundamental rights of women, of migrants, and of vulnerable categories;
  • ALFEA Cinematografica: has produced more than 180 films and collaborated on realizzazinoe 15 features of other productions. With the film “Il bacio di Giuda” he successfully participated in the Venice Film Festival;
  • JASA Association: association of Maribor (Slovenia) committed throughout the national territory for the defense of fundamental rights and training;
  • Legado: public foundation dependent on the Andalusia Region. It deals with the promotion of Muslim culture. Benefit from the support of Social Services and Immigration of the Andalusia Region.
  • Lawaetz: foundation created by the municipality of Hamburg to ensure better management of diversity and social inclusion in the city. He creates numerous local and transnational projects on the theme of integration and the fight against racism.