Three years ago when I started to explore the literature about my PhD research, which has to do with migrant women, I found myself unprepared, while revealing data and evidences. Reading a lot of scientific articles started to help me understand the world of migrant women in our reality. Before the time that I migrated, I was not aware about this, which as I discovered, is very challenging.
From all the studies that I had read by different researchers, it was argued that many migrant and refugee women are vulnerable, weak, insecure, with low self-esteem, problems with their career, and a lot of other characteristics like these. I felt that this is a reality we are feeding with an image which was tailoring the profile of migrant women. From the depth of my heart I wanted to show a much more positive side, and a new truth based on real life and great examples of that. Migrant and refugee women are strong, capable, devoted, with a lot of skills, and they never give up, even when faced with adversity, on their journey to search for a better life for themselves and their children.
This is where our idea derived, starting with Migrant Woman magazine with the aim to give voice to all of women who wanted to share their story. We believe that all migrant and refugee women have a story to share and have a drive inside, and we really wanted to change the perception that the world has of us. These paragons can inspire a lot of other women who are still in need and looking to change their life for the better.
During my experience of working with non-profit organisations for a long time in my country, and for about three years now in London working as a trainer to help victims of domestic violence, I have gained considerable knowledge and insights which has empowered me to help and support other women in need. During this period I have had the chance to meet two great colleagues, Mirkena Palluqi and Amarilda Cenameti, who are now co- founders of Migrant Women Association. We all have the same intention, the same desire and the same vision, to help and support migrant women who have not been able find their place yet.
With this mission, we feel fortunate that many other influential women have joined us to offer their expertise and serve not only as a role model with their success but contribute directly with their advice and wisdom, for the projects that Migrant Woman Association will implement. We are sure that by combining our talents, expertise and experience together, we can help and empower each other to live with dignity and integrate well in the new country by giving the best from ourselves. We believe that every migrant and refugee woman, from whatever situation they may be in presently, have the gift within them to contribute and make this world a better place to live.
Co-Founder and Director of Migrant Woman Association