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License to rape? ENAR calls for urgent measures to end violence against ethnic minority and migrant female domestic workers in Europe

[Brussels, 07 December 2012] Ahead of the International Day for the elimination of violence against women on 25 November, the European Network Against Racism (ENAR) released a press statement calling for urgent measures to end violence faced by ethnic minority and migrant women in Europe.

Numerous female domestic workers of migrant origin in Europe face not only miserable wages and indecent working hours, but also physical and psychological abuse by their employers.

ENAR’s yearly Shadow Reports on racism also highlights many such examples of exploitation and abuse in “typical female” occupations such as domestic work, or in prostitution, notably in Greece, Portugal, Spain, Cyprus, Italy and Romania.

ENAR called on trade unions, employers, public authorities, policy and decision makers to address and combat these unacceptable violences and to make services to support victims of violence accessible to all ethnic minority and migrant women, irrespective of their legal status.

To read ENAR’s Press Statement, click here.

ENAR fights racism and discrimination and advocates for equality and solidarity for all in Europe. It connects local and national anti-racist NGOs throughout Europe and act as an interface between our member organisations and the European institutions. It voices the concerns of ethnic and religious minorities in European and national policy debates.

For further information, please visit ENAR’s website or write to Georgina Siklossy, Communication and Press Officer

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