Melissa Network (Greece)

Melissa is a network for migrant and refugee women living in Greece. It aims to promote their empowerment and active citizenship while building a bridge of communication with the host society. Founded in 2014, with the direct involvement of migrant women leaders, it has over 500 members from 50 countries. Its name stands for honey bee in Greek, used as a metaphor for the women of diverse origins who live and work in Greece, carrying with them their stories, talents, hopes, dreams, and ambitions, and contributing to social cohesion by weaving the social fabric of the community. It operates on the basis of a common platform – a hub where networks and individuals can meet, share their concerns and ideas, and support each other in the pursuit of common goals. The aim is to bring migrant and refugee women together and make their voices heard. Their issues and concerns are addressed through education, psycho-social support, awareness-raising, and capacity building, including response to crisis situations. The goal is to promote empowerment and inclusion through positive action, contributing to social cohesion.