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17th October 2018, 16:09:04 UTC

Uprooted women in Greece have crucial things to say about their future. Let them know that you hear their voices and share their demands for a safe future in Europe.

Thousands of women and girls fleeing persecution and conflict undertake extremely difficult journeys, hoping that Europe will be a place of safety.

For many, those dreams are shattered on arrival in Greece.

Severe overcrowding and dire living conditions are making the camps, especially on the islands, extremely dangerous places for everyone.
Everyday activities such as taking a shower or going to the toilet had become dangerous missions, as without separate facilities they are at risk of sexual harassment or abuse. Not knowing where to go for help and not having female interpreters to talk to makes it very hard for women to access essential services, such as sexual and reproductive healthcare or legal aid.

“I want to decide about my future”, Soraya from Afghanistan told us. Her demand to be heard reflects the wishes of many refugee women in Greece.

Despite having lived through horrendous ordeals, they still keep fighting to rebuild their lives and keep their families safe.

Regardless of nationality, personal circumstances or hopes, all had one thing in common: They had crucial things to say about their rights and safety, as well as clear demands for change.

Those in power should listen to the voices of these women and act on their words.

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