Open societies within a fortress? Gender Migration and security discourses in Europe

“Feminist Forum“ (GUE/NGL-Confederal Group of the European United Left/Nordic Green Left, Europaparlament) and WIDE+/Le Monde selon les Femmes, Bruxelles, March 6, 2018

Annemarie Sancar, WIDE Switzerland, gives the opening speach adressing the situation of migrants, securitization and European politics. “Against the background of the economic crisis in 2008, the increase of (fundamentalist) terrorism in Europe, the movement of refugees from war-torn countries to Europe in 2015/16, and the lack of solidarity, combined with democratic deficits in European governance, right wing discourses have won space in many European countries. Anti-migration discourses and practises are connected with racialized gender discourses, and women´s rights have become a battleground in many ways. The focus on European border defence and as a way of protecting citizens is a nationalist narrative that does not take into account the deeper economic and political causes of unemployment, impoverishment and lack of social security in Europe, nor the security and human rights concerns of refugee and migrant women.

Economic Literacy Across Europe

WIDE Switzerland has taken part in the international Grundtvig Partnership project „Economic Literacy Across Europe“. The project has been carried by five partner organisations from five European countries: WIDE Austria (lead), WIDE Switzerland,  KULU(Denmark), CEIM (Spain) und Le Monde selon les Femmes (Belgium). The partner organisations the concept of “Economic Literacy” – which is about understanding the national, regional, EU specific and global economy and our place in it – to increase the capacity of women in the field of economics and promote better understanding of economic issues. This project strengthened the exchange of experience in and knowledge of adult education in the field of economics, as well as contributed to develop new approaches in theory and implementation of the concept “economic literacy”.  In the process of cooperation, the quality of the methods used by partner organisations were increased through analysis and some tools were mutually “borrowed”, re-designed and adapted to different contexts and target groups. The output of the project is the publication “Economic Literacy across Europe – tools to empower women”, which is available on the websites of the partner organisations and has been actively shared with the target groups.

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