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The MiRA Centre was at the Mela Festival on the weekend!

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From Friday afternoon until late Sunday evening this year’s Mela Festival was full of live at Rådhusplassen in Oslo. At The MiRA Centre’s tent this year, there was an information stand, a photo exhibit, free henna painting for children and quizzes in addition to many of our publications on sale.

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Identity is my strength!

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In association with this years empowerment activities, The MiRA Centre recently held a photo workshop for young girls entitled ”Identity is my strength”. Minority women and young girls in our network individually took photos and created picture series which they felt expressed their individual and unique identities.  We are proud of the beautiful and creative pictures that were shown at this year’s Mela Festival.  The exhibition, like the workshop, was called “Identity is my strength”.

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Law against multi-dimensional discrimination in Norway!

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Recently the Norwegian Equality and Anti-Discrimination Ombud Sunniva Ørstavik visited the MiRA Centre. During her visit she made it clear that she intends to reach out to women with the ethnic minority backgrounds and provide them with information about the anti-discrimination law and the role of the Ombud office. 

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“Speak out!”– What the people want

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On 27 April 2009, The Mira Centre launched their voting campaign “Speak out!”. As an important part of this campaign, members of the community and relevant Norwegian politicians participated in a forum, held at

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PEN-Award Presentation Speech by Elisabeth Eide

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Ossietzky Award 2005 to Fakhra Salimi

This is an award that certainly could have been presented earlier. The award winner has deserved this recognition for a number of years.  This years Ossietzky winner has lived in Norway since she was twenty, over half her life.  She has been a singular voice and has had to fight hard to not be identified as a silent victim by well meaning Norwegians, Norwegian aid agencies and feminists, but rather as someone that could help, that they could cooperate with or who could independently lead a movement.  Fakhra Salimi has portrayed a variety of experiences from the women’s worlds that we, those who are a part of the “majority”, superficially thought we already knew. For the most part, we don’t know.

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Fakhra Salimis acceptance speech for the Amalie Laksov Human Rights Award

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First of all, I would like to offer a great thanks to the board at Amalie Laksovs memorial foundation for awarding this important human rights award for the year 2003 to The MiRA Resource Centre for immigrant and refugee women. We who work at The MiRA Center feel honored to receive this award and see it as recognition for our work and longstanding and persistent work for women´s rights. This struggle has been fought by brave minority women who have also had many good supporters among our ethnically Norwegian sisters.

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Fact sheet on black, immigrant and refugee women in Norway

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The information in this fact sheet is based on official, Norwegian statistics, most of which is published by Statistics Norway (SSB), an independent institution under the Ministry of Finance.

In this document, we have used the official terminologies from SSB, such as first and second generation immigrants. The available, official data on the living conditions for black, immigrant and refugee women in Norway is extremely insufficient. The available information does, however, show that minority women are disadvantaged in most areas of society. The current situation, as presented by the numbers and the available, official data, and of course as experienced by minority women is far less than satisfying. Daily, black, immigrant and refugee women experience racism, discrimination and xenophobia in the Norwegian society.

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