Masooma Torfa as an EU-ambassador


Since successful integration is also an international issue, we are involved in EU-wide panel discussions on migration and integration in addition to our local tandem projects.

Masooma Torfa is doing her Ph.D on the topic of social economical aspects of international migrationat the University of Hohenheim and also coordinates the Female Fellows Tandem Project in Bietigheim-Bissingen. She brings with her a competent professional background and at the same time has practical experience. She is therefore the perfect person to have a say in this!

International/ EU Engagement

Why is International engagement important?

  • Females comprise 130 million or 48% of the total global migrants. In Europe, the share of female migrants is more than half )51.4%(of the total migrants (UNDESA 2019)
  • 43% of the total asylum seekers in Germany are females (ECRE, 2019)

  • Female Fellows believe that migration and integration is a long-term process that needs cooperation with different stakeholders at the local, national, and EU levels
  • Most of the refugees are coming from conflict-affected countries such as (Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Eretria, and ..) with less access to education and employment. Hence they need exceptional measures for their integration into host societies
  • Women in general, if compared with men, have a disadvantage in terms of the responsibility of Family and childcare which may hamper their integration process.
  • We at Female Fellows thank that empowerment of migrant and refugee women in Europe is not a choice, it is rather a great responsibility


Afghane Fempowerment


AFG-Fempowerment project is a European project of Female Fellows, supported by Danish Refugee Council (DRC), focusing on the empowerment of Afghan women in Germany.
This project gives Afghanistan migrant women the platform to share their migration and integration experiences with other women through video, Audio or Text/Picture interviews in their native Languages (Dari/Pashtu).
The interviews will be shared through Female Fellows Website and social media channels and will be accessible to Afghan women not only in Germany but also in Europe, in Afghanistan and all around the world.

the joint way forward means two steps back

Afghanistan is not safe

Female Fellows is proud to be part of an initiative alongside 40+ NGOs across Europe to support Afghan refugees in Germany and Europe. As part of this initiative we translated the statement to German to help it reach out to a wider number of audiences across Europe. Please read the full version of it here:

Role of women empowerment in the times of emergeny

Women empowerment in times of Covid-19

Masooma Torfa was taking part at the videoconference by new women voices 2020: Leading Resilience – A virtual Gathering of Refugees & Migrant Women. (her interview is at 23:21)

New Women Connectors (NWC) is an open platform that strives to connect newcomers and migrants, link migration policies debates and seeks to amplify the voices of those who often feel voiceless in these debates

Raising awareness on the EU election

»Female Vote Matters«

Idea challenge winner: “Female Vote Matters” Advocate Europe project of Raising awareness on the EU election


Membership of ECRE

Membership with the ECRE the European Council for Refugees and Exiles



Masooma Torfa from Female Fellows at #ECRE_AGC19: CSOs have the loudest voice ever now as the challenges are becoming ever bigger in the EU but inclusion into policy-making is needed on local, national and EU level!

first migrant and refugee parliament – October 2018

Female Fellows in the first Migrant and Refugee Parliament in Brussels

Razia Arooje represented Female Fellows in the first Migrant and Refugee Parliament which took place on the 17-18 of October.

Founding Member of rise

Founding Member and Steering Committee Member of RISE

We are proud to be a leading and founding members of RISE the first Refugee/migrant led Network in Europe.

Euroepan Network on Statelessness.

Euroepan Network on Statelessness.

Membership with the ENS the Euroepan Network on Statelessness.

migration related activities

Migration related activities in Germany and Europe

In the last five years, Female Fellows participatedin the migration and refugee related conferences and study visits organized by RISE (Refugees Ideas and Solutions for Europe), ECRE (European Council for Refugees and Exiles), EPIM, Heinrich Böll Stifftung, European Policy Center, and Advocate Europe in Warsaw, Brussels, Athens, Vienna, Berlin and Stuttgart.


Cooperation partners

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70376 Stuttgart


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