EUROPE/GREECE - Refugee women and children's rights: a meeting of the Conference of European Churches

Wednesday, 1 June 2016 refugees  

Walt Jabsco

Thessaloniki (Agenzia Fides) - Women and children figure prominently as refugees in mass movements of people in recent months and their rights will be at the forefront of a meeting organized in Greece by the Conference of European Churches (CEC) in Thessaloniki, from 31 May to 4 June. The theme of this third summer event on human rights, according to information sent to Fides, is: "Stand Up For Women’s And Children’s Rights ". Greece is an ideal location to discuss those rights as it has borne the recent brunt of the hundreds of thousands of refugees crossing into Europe over the past year. Those women and children on the move face a mountain of challenges. Participants will learn more from theological, legal, and political perspectives and exchange best practices. Among issues related to women’s rights, participants will discuss civil and political, social, economic and cultural rights, human and organ trafficking, sexual exploitation, working conditions and pay, an equal level of education and progress in the work place, arranged marriages and female genital mutilation.
The children who accompany many of the women entering Europe will also be a focus. (AP) (Agenzia Fides 01/06/2016)