What women really want: Focus Group Report – October 2017 – Special Feature: Vial

https://www.youtube.com/embed/99dHcU9sRaoIntroductionIn order to understand the unique challenges faced by our sisters on the run, the AfS team conducts quarterly focus groups with the girls and women who attend our Athena Centre for Women on Chios.  These groups give the girls a focused platform to offer their feedback and share experiences...

A Mother’s Love

A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity. It dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path. Agatha Christie Motherhood is tough. But mothers fleeing the homes they’ve built, face unique and extra struggles.Some...

Are we really free?

(Photo credit: AP)The majority of the world today welcomes the New Year on 1st January.The Yazidis welcome theirs on a particular Wednesday of April known as Red Wednesday or “Sere Sal” (translated as “Head of the Year”).Today is the day.Who are the Yazidis?The Yazidis speak predominantly Kurdish and are one...

#MakeItSafe

I raise up my voice - not so that I can shout, but so those without a voice can be heard Malala Yousafzai Today, Action from Switzerland will be launching a campaign called #MakeItSafe.#MakeItSafe aims to highlight the plight and series of challenges faced by displaced women in this refugee crisis....

The Athena Centre for Women

Latest figures show that 30% of the refugee population on Chios are women, aged 15 years or over. Currently, there are only volunteer-led social projects that exist on Chios and are aimed at mothers with babies, or provide schooling for children. There are currently no facilities specifically catering to the...

Meanwhile in Chios

Last week felt like the majority of Europe’s attention is aimed in the opposite direction to Chios. As Britain voted to leave the EU, and as the Euro 2016 football tournament rumbles on in France, it might seem like that’s all that is going on in Europe… well, think again.Back...

The Deathblow Deal

Yesterday we heard the news that the EU and Turkey have agreed upon a deal that undermines the fundamental human right to seek asylum. The proposals includes an agreement that for every Syrian refugee returned to Turkey from Greece, a Syrian will be settled within the EU.The proposed deal has...

Forgotten in Trieste: Part 2

Shoes, must get shoes: That was my first thought when I woke up the next morning.B knew of a shop where mens' shoes were on discount. So we went. Hardy, waterproof winter shoes were being sold at 20 Euros. It felt like Christmas. The shoes on sale seemed comfortable enough...