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THE MELISSA NETWORK

The Melissa Network is a network for migrant women in Greece promoting empowerment, communication, and active citizenship. They provide Greek language lessons, workshops, childcare, and support to migrant and refugee women throughout Greece. Because of its geographical location, Greece has long been a place that welcomes refugees. But while it has historically been a place […]

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Melissa Network: A hive built by migrant women

When hundreds of refugees camped out in Athens in 2015, the women's organization Melissa Network found itself at the forefront of the crisis. It has grown to become a thriving space for the empowerment of refugee women. In an unassuming building just off of Victoria Square in central Athens, a lesson is taking place. The […]

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Migrant Women Help New Generation of Female Refugee Leaders in Athens

The Melissa Network in Athens brings together leaders of the established migrant community in Greece with new arrivals to collaborate on integration. Melissa co-founder Deborah Carlos-Valencia explains the network’s philosophy and success. WRITTEN BY Joy al-Nemri PUBLISHED ON Aug. 22, 2017 MELISSA, THE MIGRANT women’s network in Athens, Greece, gets its name from the Greek word for honey […]

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The Little Tramp and the Refugees Who Loved, Then Loathed Him

By Dove Barbanel Dec. 29, 2017 ATHENS — Maybe it shouldn’t have been a surprise that the refugee women in our film club would fall in love with Charlie Chaplin’s silent movies. Beyond transcending language barriers, the films made it easy for them to relate to the characters onscreen. At the end of “Modern Times,” Chaplin’s […]

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The migration dilemma: EU weighs impact of its deal with Turkey

The accord has reduced refugee flows and eased tensions within the bloc but deeper issues have been left unresolved .Michael Peel and Kerin Hope in Athens, Laura Pitel in Gaziantep MARCH 22, 2018 Saney Amanpour fled his native Afghanistan for Turkey almost two years ago after receiving threats over his journalism from a warlord’s militia and Islamist militants. Now he is […]

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A Greek refuge for women migrants spreads love amid a sea of hatred

Meet the women behind a multicultural haven, boldly established near an Athens stronghold of Golden Dawn — the xenophobic, extreme right-wing group that is now Greece’s third-largest partyBY LAUREN BOHN AND TANIA KARAS 06.06.16 Up a flight of stairs in an old Athens mansion, Mabel Francisca Mosana, a 51-year-old South African migrant, teaches Greek women […]

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Forced Migration and the Idea of Home

8/03/2018 KATIE MACHEN Image Credit: Kostis Kourelis As an archaeologist and architectural historian, Associate Professor of Art History Kostis Kourelis studies the way places tell stories of people. In summer 2016, the Franklin & Marshall College professor traveled to Greece with two students, Lizzy Wood ’17 and Cassie Garison ’18, through a Hackman summer research grant […]

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Refugee women in Greece are moving forward. But many men around them are not

reposted fromGlobalPost August 09, 2018 · 4:00 PM EDT By Fahrinisa Campana Credit: Fahrinisa Campana/PRI Soheila, an Afghan refugee who asked that only her first name be used for privacy reasons, stands in front of a small group of refugee women holding several forms of birth control in their hands. Behind her, projected onto a […]

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Migrant women help female refugees build new lives in Athens

reposted from independent.co.uk A sanctuary run by migrant women in Greece’s capital is teaching female refugees how to code, speak Greek, find employment – and fight for their rights in court Chantal Da Silva In Athens @chantaladasilva Janice Dickson Tuesday 12 September 2017 14:15 Melissa Foundation staff member Andrea Borja helps to run the project […]

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Migrant Women Help New Generation of Female Refugee Leaders in Athens

reposted from globalcitizen.org The Melissa Network brings together leaders of the established migrant community in Greece. This article originally appeared on Refugees Deeply, and you can find the original here. By Joy Al-Nemri Melissa, the migrant women’s network in Athens, Greece, gets its name from the Greek word for honey bee. The women who founded the organization […]

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amnesty.org: A safe haven for refugee women in Greece

By Lene Christensen, Amnesty International Norway 26 June 2017, 13:23 UTC A woman with a white scarf slung around her head is singing in Farsi. Her voice is soon joined by other women sitting around a wooden table. A colorful blanket hangs on the wall behind them, and a white door with green shutters opens up […]

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infomigrants.net: Melissa Network: a hive built by migrant women

By Omaira Gill Latest update : 2017/11/02 When hundreds of refugees camped out in central Athens in 2015, the women's organization Melissa Network in Athens found itself at the forefront of the crisis. It has steadily grown to become a thriving space for the empowerment of refugee women and girls. In an unassuming building just […]

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Melissa Network

Melissa Network is an organization for migrant and refugee women in Greece.
Founded in 2014 with grassroots-based participation, it counts members from over 45 countries.
It provides a platform for networking, capacity building and advocacy and runs an innovative integration program supporting refugee women and children.
18 Feron Str. Victoria Square
104 43 Athens
+30 210821 84860
info@melissanetwork.org
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