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‘Migrant Women of Bilbao’ Awards.  

Recognition of the value of migrant women in the social and public sphere is very important and this is what the city of Bilbao (Spain) does through the “Migrant Women of Bilbao” Awards which include a “Female Entrepreneur” Award. 

“Many times, our dream is lost. We came to improve our quality of life. That is cut short because you have to hold on to what comes to survive.” In 1997, Maylin Vergara migrated all the way from Cuba to Bilbao.  The Basque city is nowadays an intercultural place that celebrates diversity. To recognise the value of migrant women in the social and public spheres, the council is holding the third edition of the ‘Migrant Women of Bilbao’ Awards. 

The awarded women get a high-level ceremony in the Arabic Salon, the majestic hall of the council. The commemoration includes the honourable traditional Basque dance Aurresku, reserved for the most remarkable events in the region.

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“The women feel very excited, appreciated and highly valued,” Emmanuel comments.

The women feel very excited, appreciated and highly valued.  — Claudia Emmanuel Laredo

The first edition of the ‘Migrant Women of Bilbao’ Awards did not receive many applications since it was a new initiative, but the second tripled the number. Now, Bilbao city council is currently open for applications for the third edition. Emmanuel expects the number of applications to keep on going up and up – and it’s clear that the recognition and participation of migrant women in the city is on an upward trajectory too. 

You can find ore on this remarkable initaive at the following link https://eurocities.eu/stories/bilbao-awards-the-value-of-migrant-women/

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