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National Wide Summer Tour „Women* Breaking Borders II“ 23.7.-05.08. 2018 “Two Weeks of Travelling & Having Fun Against Racism”

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We from Women in Exile and Friends, want to continue with the topic of “”Women* Breaking Borders” this summer.

We want to visit with you in solidarity the cities in the south especially Bavaria and condemn Seeholfer now minister for Interior and Heimat, and during years responsible of creating more restrictive asylum laws and refugee camps. His “Anker” (Ankufts-und Rückführungszentren”/ Arrival and deportation centers ) role model system, will keep refugees totally isolated from independent German help and society: no legal counselling, no visits, no German course, no work, no school for children. This way it will be easier to deport them – without resistance, without security only full of despair.

Seeholfer wants to export this role model of detention camp idea German wide, it is bad enough with the ones existing in our areas without integrating the radical ideas from the AfD.
Our aim is and has always been to enable refugees who identifying themselves as women* to stand up for our rights as women* living in this society.

Continue reading National Wide Summer Tour „Women* Breaking Borders II“ 23.7.-05.08. 2018 “Two Weeks of Travelling & Having Fun Against Racism”

Kurzfilm Women* breaking borders – 15 years of Women in Exile

We publish now a short film about the Conference that took place on 2017 between 22.9 – 24.9

Report on the Workshop self-examination of the breast from 23.-24. March 2018

Due to lack of information and many questions from the refugee women we are working about the topic reproductive health.

We decided to empower ourselves by learning more about our own bodies.

Therefore we invited experts of the „feminist women health center“ (Feministischen Frauen Gesundheitszentrum ) in Berlin to facilitate a workshop on the upper body.

In the workshop we learned about the self-examination of the breast.

First we got informations about the structure and anatomy of the breast and the changes it goes through in a lifetime. Then we learned practically how we can examine the breast ourselves and so learn more about our bodies and to sense hints for possible sicknesses.

Continue reading Report on the Workshop self-examination of the breast from 23.-24. March 2018

We stay United – Antiracist Protest against the AfD

Today, Women in Exile and Friends, together with 100 other groups and initiatives are on the streets, on the water, and everywhere to protest against the AfD and their racist propaganda and hatred against refugees.

We as asylum seeking women arrive and think we are safe to start a new life in this country. But the reality of being accommodated in isolated camps, lack of perspectives and racist hostility from right-wing parties such as Afd policies determine our living conditions.
We live in constant anxiety for deportation to our countries of origin, the countries we passed through and with fear of being deported within the EU member states. We struggle every day with the fear of racists and physical assaults in the streets, because of our skin colour, religion, origin and/or gender. Every Day all of us have to struggle with all these kinds of fear and anxiety.
Recently AfD has started pretending to be fighting for women rights. With mottos like “freedom of women is not negotiable” they have been marching in Berlin and other German cities selling their propaganda.

Which women do they mean? Ain`t I A Woman?

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We stay United – Antiracist Protest against the AfD

The text below was read during the press conference calling to the demo “Stoppt den Hass!! Stoppt die AfD” that will take place next Sunday 27.5.2018:

On Saturday the 27.05, Women in Exile and Friends, together with 100 other groups and initiatives are on the streets, on the water, in the air and everywhere to protest against the AfD and their racist propaganda and hatred against refugees.

We as asylum seeking women arrive and think we are safe to start a new life in this country. The reality of being accommodated in isolated camps, lack of perspectives and racist hostility from racist parties such as Afd policies determine our living conditions.

We live in constant anxiety for deportation to our countries of origin, the countries we passed through and with fear of being deported within the EU member states. We struggle every day with the fear of racists and physical assaults in the streets, because of our skin colour, religion, origin and/or gender. Every Day all of us have to struggle with all these kinds of fear and anxiety.

We are not only demonstrating against the AfD but also on the racism spread by media and carried out by the politics. Currently the Anker-centers, this role model of detention camps, planned by Seehofer is going hand in hand with the AfD ideas of excluding refugees from this society.

This lager system is a profit making business as usual; it benefits the capitalist system by using colonial methods to intimidate people. Recently AfD has started pretending to be fighting for women rights. With mottos like “freedom of women is not negotiable” they have been marching in Berlin and other German cities selling their propaganda.

Which women do they mean? Ain`t I A Woman?

We condemn the AfD and all other racists, nationalists and refugee hating groups!

WE SPEAK OUT against racism, oppression, right and racist violence!

Right to go, right to come and right to stay!

As always we say it loud and clear:

Speak up against racism, right and racist violence!

For a society without racism and exclusion.

Right to come!
Right to go!
Right to stay!

Spider workshop

What you can do with the spiders

Last year were the 15 years of Women in Exile, 15 years building up a self-organization group fighting for refugee women’s rights and to empower them. To celebrate the anniversary WiE organized a Women* Breaking Border Conference. Between 300-400 women over all Germany attended, one of the biggest challenges was how to deal with the different languages, women were coming from many different countries and they needed to express themselves. Simultaneous interpretation to 8 languages was done thanks to Bla a collective that provides equipment and support for simultaneous interpretation in multilingual gatherings, they came with the knowledge and the infrastructure to make it possible and to Interprise!!! and the interpretors that supported us.

It was a success that the women could express themselves publicly in their own language. We kept in on mind.

This weekend we went a step forward and thanks to Bla collective we have learned how to build the technical devices needed for the simultaneous interpretation, the spiders!!!.

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Deadly asylum Lager system

It is shocking to hear about the suicidal of a young mother and her child in a Lager in Eckolstädt, a village close to Jena in the state Thüringen. We feel sad and our sincere condolences goes to the husband, father, the whole family, eritrean community at large.

Reading about this case also makes us angry. For us it is clear that it isn’t an individual case but again the guilt of the lager and asylum system and the treatment of refugees in this country.

Before the woman and her family lived in a lager in Apolda, another city in Thüringen where they had good contact with the eritean community.
In the Lager they lived in fear of deportation as police came often to deport people to Italy.
They were looking for their own flat and after some time it is said they got a flat but in another lager in Eckolstädt. Here we wonder why they transfer from one lager to another and call it flat???

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Göttingen Demo 12.05 “Abolish Lagers Everywhere”

On the 12.05 during the We`llcome United Conference in Göttingen, Women in Exile and Friends joined other activists to demonstrate against the refugee lagers and high housing costs.
In Göttingen city, empty buildings belonging to the city council are being sold to private investors which is making the rental costs to rise in the city. A few weeks ago one of these houses was occupied by left wing activists that are fighting for better accommodation for refugees and especially the closure of the Lager Siekhöhe . Continue reading Göttingen Demo 12.05 “Abolish Lagers Everywhere”

Kundgebung: – Zukunft für Alle – Kein Platz für Rassismus an der Charité

On the 15.05.2018, we will join the alliance against racism

It is shocking to learn that Christoph B. is an elected council member of this great institution (Charitè). It is shocking because we know him as the director of Zukunft Heimat (Future Homeland), an organization which is making regular racist demonstrations in Cottbus.

We are here to let him know that he and his followers can destroy “a bus but not a movement”.

During our demonstration “Women* against racism and injustice in Cottbus in March, Christoph B. showed up as an uninvited guest. Little did we know what would happen to the bus which had transported us to Cottbus after leaving it behind because of technical problems? The bus was completely damaged and the reparation cost was very high.

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Spendenaufruf: Bus nach antirassistischer Demo in Cottbus völlig zerstört

Liebe Unterstützer*innen,

Vielen, vielen Dank für die Unterstützung und die Solidarität, die uns
nach der Zerstörung des Busses in Cottbus erreicht haben.

Dank eurer/ihrer Unterstützung sind genug Spenden für den zerstörten Bus eingegangen, sodass er nun repariert werden kann und wieder für Projekte von Geflüchteten zur Verfügung steht.

Es ist wichtig, dass uns diese tolle Infrastruktur erhalten bleibt.
All das zeigt uns, dass wir viele sind und es gibt uns Kraft weiter zu
machen!
Wer uns noch weiter unterstützen möchte, wir freuen uns über neue
Fördermitgliedschaften!

 

Nach der Demonstration „Frauen* gemeinsam gegen Rassismus und Ungerechtigkeit“ am Samstag
10.03.2018 in der Cottbuser Innenstadt wurde der Bus des Projekts „OTTO“ von Chance e.V.
vermutlich durch Rechte mutwillig zerstört. Der Sachschaden beläuft sich auf mehrere Tausend
Euro. Daher rufen die Vereine Chance e.V., die Opferperspektive e.V. und Women in Exile &
friends dringend dazu auf für die Reparatur zu spenden.

Aufgrund eines leichten technischen Defekts blieb der Bus zunächst nach dem Ende der Demonstration am Samstag auf dem Parkplatz am Oberkirchplatz in Cottbus stehen. Bereits in der Nacht zu Sonntag wurde dort durch Unbekannte der Auspuff mit Bauschaum ausgesprüht. Der Bus war dadurch nicht mehr fahrtauglich. In der Nacht zu Montag wurden dann, von vermutlich mehreren Tätern, zwölf Scheiben eingeschlagen. Da der Bus sehr klar der solidarischen Demonstration am Samstag zugerechnet wurde, kann von einem gezielten Vorgehen von rechten Tätern ausgegangen werden. Der Bus wurde als Symbol und stellvertretend für Alle angegriffen, die an dem Tag in Cottbus für eine solidarische Gesellschaft und gegen Rassismus auf die Straße gegangen sind.

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