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    Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife Elke Büdenbender visiting MädchenbüroMilena, here with Maneesorn Koldehofe and Oksana Frei, the two heads of the institution.

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    With Ann Kathrin Linsenhoff, Linsenhoff Foundation, and Dr. Ingrid Hengster, KfW Stiftung Board Member, the supporting institutions of MädchenbüroMilena were also represented.

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    The Federal President's visit met with great media interest – at times there were 15 media with film teams, photographers and journalists in the girls' office.

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    The very open discussion during the meal was about the personal experiences of the participants as well as structural problems for an institution like MädchenbüroMilena.

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Visit of the Federal President

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As part of his visit to Frankfurt on February 7, Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife Elke Büdenbender visited MädchenbüroMilena to find out more about the work of the integration facility for women by women.

The conversation with the very open and interested Federal President focused on the personal experiences of the 14 participants as well as problems with the integration of girls and women with experiences in migration and refugee. Structural problems for an institution such as MädchenbüroMilena e.V. were also discussed. In addition to the two heads Oksana Frei and Manesoorn Koldehofe, four participants of the courses for refugee women and the girls' group as well as two representatives of the numerous volunteers, without whom the work of MädchenbüroMilena would not be possible, took part. In addition, Dr. Ingrid Hengster (KfW Stiftung) and Ann-Kathrin Linsenhoff (Linsenhoff Stiftung) as representatives of the two foundations which are the main sponsors of this institution, were also part of the discussion.

Finding larger rooms is currently the most urgent necessity for the team. Every day 70 women and girls come to the facility and there are even waiting lists of more interested person.

The association for the education and care of girls and women with a migration background, which has been supported by the KfW Stiftung since 2015, was one of the outstanding projects that the Federal President visited in Frankfurt in order to get an idea of living together in an international city with many immigrants on site and in direct exchange with those affected. 

 

Video of the visit on the Federal President's Facebook page