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Judgement on the „paper airplane trial“

The verdict of the now popular „paper airplanes trial“ was finally delivered on 03.01.2020.

On these „paper airplanes“ we had written our usual demands like “no Lager”, because of the physical and sexual violation we are facing daily there and to „stop deportations“, which in most cases are violently carried out. https://www.women-in-exile.net/pm-neuer-termin-fuer-den-papierfliegerprozess/

From this judgement it is clear how the court is pretentious giving the fine to a women shelter to show solidarity to women while criminalising and taking rights of refugee women to assemble. This shows how the system is pitting us against the rest of the society. It is meant to distract and diminish refugee women´s issues by restricting our right of assembly.

It is ironical when a judge takes money from a supporter of one vunerable group and giving it to the other so as to seem to be supporting vunerable women in the society. These papers carried the messages of our usual demand and nothing more. This is very clear in various media reports such as:

https://www.sueddeutsche.de/bayern/nuernberg-papierflieger-prozess-urteil-1.4744005,

https://www.ardmediathek.de/br/player/Y3JpZDovL2JyLmRlL3ZpZGVvLzZhMGM0NzhlLTIzZGYtNGZhOC1iZmVlLTFjOTNkNzAyY2RkYQ/

https://www.idowa.de/inhalt.deutschland-bewaehrungsstrafe-im-papierflieger-prozess.b22f7667-2bbc-4555-9a2d-75e5f380f00f.html

https://www.nordbayern.de/region/nuernberg/demo-vor-bamf-urteil-im-papierflieger-prozess-gefallen-1.9692205

2019 – full of Women* Power

Dear friends and supporters,

For Women in Exile & Friends this year 2019 was a moving year full of Women* Power.

We decided to walk together and far rather than fast and alone so therefore we would like to thank all of you very much for your company, solidarity and support. THANK YOU!

Only together we could realize all the actions and facing the challenges successfully. We would like to look back at the highlights of the year and share our future vision for 2020.

  • On the 8th of March 2019 together with women* all over the world we were striking in Potsdam and we realized a workshop on feminism from a refugee women* perspective.
  • With the „Building Bridges Festival” in summer we created a meeting space for over 200 refugee women* to exchange and empower each other, strengthening the existing national wide network and starting new networks with other solidary feminists, looking for ways how to connect our struggles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55esoq1gt_I Despite the city council being reluctant to permit us to use oplatz but finally we could register it as a protest camp and were able to reclaim Oranienplatz as a historic place for the refugee movement but now from a women perspective.
  • At the same time we also started demanding “Justice for Rita”Rita Awour Ojunge, was a refugee woman living in Hohenleipisch, a lager in Brandenburg who was murdered and her remains found in the forest near the camp. With demonstrations in Potsdam, Herzberg and Hohenleipisch we demanded explanations of her death and the closure in particular of the Hohenleipisch Lager as a first step to abolish all camps: https://www.women-in-exile.net/en/25-11-2019-bus-tour-justice-for-rita-abolish-all-lagers/#more-5922 Her body was finally given to the family for burial on the 14.12.2019, with no explanation what happened to her (https://www.women-in-exile.net/r-i-p-sister-rita/ ).
  • In the topic of refugee women health we kept on exchanging, learning and empowering each other, especially in the topics of reproductive and mental health care. We came up with the 30 min documentary film ”Testimonials from the Uterus”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNMNfMWtSbE&feature=emb_title It has been screened several times in Berlin and organisations from different federal states working in women health issues have also requested to screen it.
  • As usual we gave different empowerment workshops for refugee women on political and health issues and also workshops for people working in solidarity with refugee issues. We continued connecting us with the climate justice movement and showing how climate change is also a flight reason: https://www.women-in-exile.net/en/der-klimawandel-ist-ein-fluchtgrund/

For the next year 2020 we want to realize our own safe space for refugee women in Berlin-Brandenburg: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDK8dqAcG_A To enable us to realize that, we need your support. We appreciate any support or donations to our bank account or via betterplace: https://www.betterplace.org/de/projects/75298-wie-treffpunkt-raum

For all those who supported us this year and wish to receive a “Spendebescheinigung” – if you gave us your adress, we will send it to you in the beginning of next year. Who didn’t gave us an adress yet, you can just send it to us via mail: info@women-in-exile.net

On behalf of all of us at Women in Exile & Friends we thank you again for your connectivity and supporting us. We look forward to your continuous support in the coming years.

We wish you happy festivity and happy new year!!!

Yours sincerely,

Women in Exile & Friends



R.I.P. Sister Rita

The remains of our sister Rita Awour Ojunge was finally given to the family for burial. She was laid to rest on the 14. Dezember 2019.

Rita repeatedly reported sexual harassment in the Hohenleipisch refugee camp, she was living in. But no step were taking. On the 7. April 2019 she was reported missing. It took almost three months for her remains to be found 200 metres away from the camp in the forest. Rita was 32 years old. She left behind two small children.

Women in Exile & Friends is among the family, friends and other organisations demanding to know: why did it took the police so long to find Rita`s remains? Who murdered her? How safe are the camps for women and children if reported sexual harassment has no consequences? Why has the camp in the wood near by Hohenleipisch not been closed, although the residents wrote an open letter to the authorities demanding it`s closure?!

Our fight for „Justice for Rita“ and „No Lager for women and children“, „ Abolish all Lagers!“ continues.

Dear Sister Rita: rest in power, rest in peace!

PM: 03.01.2020 – Call for support during “Paper-aircraft Process”

On the 03.01.2020 at 10 a.m. in Nuremberg District Court the “Paper-Aircraft Process” will continue. We expect the Nuremberg District Court to give a favourable judgement. “This Process is another attempt to bring our supporter to court and to criminalize our movement”, says Elizabeth Ngari. “They try to distract our focus away from our fights against discriminative refugee laws.”

This process came about after, our rally on the 27.07.2018 in front of BAMF Nürnberg was part of the “Women* Breaking Borders Bus Tour”. It was a strong, creative and proud rally. Women* & children came from a Ankerzentrum in the area and from other refugee camps. One after the other came to the microphone and talked about traumas, fears and spoke up against sexual and physical violence. But since 2016 the demands of Women in Exile to this BAMF were ignored, this time we send them on the air way: with paper planes.

Our Ally, in her role as rally leader, did not forbid us and our children to direct political demands by paper plane to the BAMF. This is why she is accused of “violation of Bavarian assembly law” (see also https://www.women-in-exile.net/gerichtsprozess-in-nuernberg-aufgrund-unserer-papierflugzeuge-ans-bamf-was-sind-die-wirklichen-verbrechen/#more-5274). “Instead of investigating the mentioned human rights violations against refugees, the prosecutor is focusing on paper planes of refugee women* and children”, says Elizabeth Ngari. “But repression will not make us tired or loose our focus. Women in Exile and Friends will not stop to fight for our refugee women* rights. Stop criminalizing us, our friends and supporters! We are demanding human basic rights like No lager for women* and children; Abolish all lagers; Stop deportations and open borders!”

The process on the 03.01.2020 starts at 10 a.m. in session hall 126 of the Nuremberg district court at Fürther Straße 110. To show solidarity with the accused, we call to accompany them to the court room.

Pressekontakt Women in Exile:info@women-in-exile.net

25.11.2019 Bus Tour “Justice for Rita, abolish all lagers”

On Monday 25.11 we went on a Bus Tour to Brandenburg, to ask for justice for Rita and abolish all lagers.

We started at Oranienplatz, where the solibus was waiting us. The bus was full and we had extra cars, so around 65 people started the ride at 11h towards Herzberg our first stop.

After 2h ride, we stopped in front of the Auslanderbehörde where we held the following speech, to create awareness on Rita’s unclear death, the situation of women in lagers, institucional racism, sexism and discrimination.

Continue reading 25.11.2019 Bus Tour “Justice for Rita, abolish all lagers”

PM Einladung zur Women in Exile & Friends “Gerechtigkeit für Rita”-Bustour am 25. November, dem Internationalen Tag zur Beseitigung von Gewalt gegen Frauen.

Am 7. April 2019 verschwand Rita Awour Ojunge. Zwei Monate später wurde ihre Leiche in der Nähe des Lagers in Hohenleipisch gefunden, in dem sie lebte. Die Gründe für ihren Tod sind nach sieben Monaten noch ungeklärt.
Am Montag, den 25. Mai, fahren wir nach Herzberg, Hohenleipisch und Potsdam, um “Gerechtigkeit für Rita” und die Schließung aller Lager zu fordern.

Am 27.08. demonstrierten wir in Potsdam vor dem brandenburgischen Innenministerium und forderten “Gerechtigkeit für Rita” und die Schließung des Hohenleipisch-Lagers. Wir versprachen, immer wieder zurückzukommen, bis wir Antworten auf unsere Fragen haben. Deshalb machen wir am 25.11. eine Bustour durch Brandenburg mit den Forderungen “Gerechtigkeit für Rita”, “Kein Lager für Frauen* und Kinder”, “Abschaffung aller Lager”!

Continue reading PM Einladung zur Women in Exile & Friends “Gerechtigkeit für Rita”-Bustour am 25. November, dem Internationalen Tag zur Beseitigung von Gewalt gegen Frauen.

Mobile reporting during Building Bridges Festival on Feminism

Building Bridges Festival took place between 26-28 July 2019 in Oranienplatz. It was a moment to take back Oplatz as a place of reference for the refugee movement in the public space and where many fights have been won.

This time it was through a Festival that women* brought the feminist perspective of refugee women on refugee issues and opened a conversation with other feminist groups on how to build up a intersectional feminism. The following video, is part of a mobile reporting workshop, facilitated by Kameradisten.org and offered by Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung.

We also have to thank the area of migration and Africa department of Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung the financial support for our festival, thanks to which we could make it happen.

Demo: Kein Fussbreit. Antisemitismus tötet. Rassismus tötet – rechter Terror bedroht unsere Gesellschaft.

Im Rahmen von der rechtsterroristische Anschlag in Halle am 13.10 fand eine Demo mit 8000 Teilnehmern statt. Wir hielten folgende Rede:

Wir trauern um die Opfer der rechtsextremistischen und antisemitischen Anschläge in Halle. Wir erklären uns solidarisch mit den Angehörigen und allen Betroffenen von Rassismus und Antisemitismus.
Wir sind von der Gruppe Women in Exile, einer Selbstorganisierung von geflüchteten Frauen, die sich 2002 in Brandenburg gegründet hat.

Unser politisches Ziel ist die Utopie einer gerechten Gesellschaft ohne Ausgrenzung und Diskriminierung. Wir kämpfen dafür, dass alle Menschen, egal woher sie kommen und wohin sie gehen, die gleichen Rechte haben.

Continue reading Demo: Kein Fussbreit. Antisemitismus tötet. Rassismus tötet – rechter Terror bedroht unsere Gesellschaft.

Testimonials from the uterus: film screening + panel discussion

On the 15.10 we will do the premier of our film “Testimonials from the
uteru
s”, a video part of our health project “Health care for all without discrimination”.

In the film three refugee women give the testimonies regarding different experiences they have had around their health issues and how the health care system treats them as asylum seekers. Also proffesionals supporting refugees share the reflections of what is means to be a non-citizen when trying to access the German health care system.

After the screening of the film, there will be a panel discussion with
Women in Exile, Medibüro, Komm Mit, and Fluchtlingsrat Brandenburg.

Film screening + panel discussion
Date: 15.10.2019
Time: 19:00
Place:Aquarium
Address: Skalitzer Str. 6
10999 Berlin

25.11. Justice for Rita on “International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women“”

International Women Space has released a video with an interview with Rita Awour Ojunge ‘s mother

We would like to invite all activists and all those in solidarity and concerned with the problems faced by refugee to travel together with us in a big bus from:
Oranienplatz at 10am to Herzberg Kreisverwaltung and Hohenleipisch

Our rally on the 25.11.2019 the International day for “Elimination against violence against women”, we will travel together from Berlin Oranienplatz to Herzberg Elbe-Elster and remind the city authorities that the closure of the Hohenleipisch lager is long overdue. We will then travel to the Hohenleipisch lager to show solidarity with the refugee living in this isolated lager

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The demand for justice for Rita continues. Join us on the 25.11.2019, the International day for „the Elimination of Violence against Women“, to protest on violence against refugee women* and demand the closure in particular of the Hohenleipisch Lager as a first step to abolish all camps. For many years we have been organising activities and raising public awareness on sexual violence and harassment of us refugee women* in the camps.

Continue reading 25.11. Justice for Rita on “International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women“”