1. The Committee on Migration,
Refugees and Displaced Persons welcomes the report by the rapporteur of
the Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination, Ms Athina Kyriakidou,
which highlights the contribution of Muslim women to European society
and supports the draft resolution proposed.
2. The committee notes the many important questions raised in
the report and welcomes the innovative perspective taken by the
rapporteur who looks at the issue of empowerment of Europe’s Muslim
women, highlighting their efforts to achieve gender equality and
3. From a migrant perspective, the committee underlines the need
to take into account the process of feminisation of migration and
the specific patterns of female migration. While family reunification
remains the most feminised type of migration, migrant women are
increasingly turning to irregular forms of migration as a result
of their search for a better life for themselves and their families.
4. The committee strongly supports the argument that Council
of Europe member States need to take a range of positive measures
in order to create the necessary conditions and support the process
of empowerment and integration of Muslim women with a migrant background.
Such measures need to promote equal rights and fair chances, allow
non-discriminatory access to education and employment as well as
to citizenship and political rights, and encourage their full participation
in public life. Moreover, it is necessary to convey a more truthful
picture of migrants in general and Muslim women in particular to
European public opinion.