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PM 07.04.2019 World Health Day: Refugees have a third class health coverage, where is universal health coverage for everyone, everywhere?

2019 World health day focuses on Universal health coverage: everyone, everywhere but we are seeing how laws are racist and discriminating also on health issues, like „Asylbewerberleistungsgesetz“ passed in 1993, which was established to discourage asylum seekers from coming to or staying in Germany.

For over two years “Women in Exile” has been working on a health project regarding refugee women. The project was started because we realised many women suffer from gynecological problems. Most of them have no right to access an insurance coverage and they are offered with a temporary cover which only helps by granting minor treatment. Even when going to gynecologists they don’t know how to account for it financially, making the women go through a tough time with their bodies.

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Building Bridges Festival 26.-29.07. 2019

Translation: AR | FR

Women in Exile & Friends are planning a three day open air summer action camp in Berlin. The camp is for refugee women* (individuals and refugee women groups) and women* working with and for refugee women* issues. This camp will enable all of us to exchange on our experiences as refugee women* living in isolation, facing racism and sexism. It will also give us the opportunity to explore on borders hindering our participation and to women in solidarity to reflect on their roles.

Our aim is to bring together refugee women* who have participated on national wide actions we have been organising since the year 2014. The refugee women* from Berlin/Brandenburg, Stimme der Frauen (Magdeburg), FLIT Solidarity Africa (Munich), Flüchtlingsfrauengruppe (Göttingen), NINA (Hamburg), Activists from Nürnberg, Kiel, Mecklenburg Vorpommern and possibly all the refugee women* we have come into contact with over the years.

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For safe harbours and solidarity cities

Refugee topic has been dominating the German politics for long but now it has also become a vessel to achieve an entry into the German parliament. This is clearly reflected on the current parliament which is dominated by members from parties who shout loud against refugee like the AFD or those supporting the criminalisation and racist policies of the interior minister Seehofer. Seehofer racist policies has led part of the civil society to belief that refugee is the problem in German and as long as “refugees” are deported and denied entry, Germany will be become great again.

The refugee laws are changing daily from bad to worse – from the backlash of the Residenzpflicht, vouchers etc. to new mass accommodations in the AnKER centers, the new law draft proposals from Seehofer such as the police laws and the “GeordneteRückkehrGesetz on quick deportations and criminalization of supporters and civil society. What is Seehofer and this government cooking for us, as refugees next?

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Women in Exile – 8th March 2019 Women* Strike activities

Our Women* Strike demonstration in cooperation with the FAU and Jugend Linke Potsdam had a participation of around 250 persons. It started at the Potsdam HBF and ended at the Brandenburger Tor with several stops, the first one was at the parliament. Several groups including the ASTA Potsdam read empowering speeches supporting women in all spheres of life.

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PM 8.3.2019 Women in Exile – Flüchtlingsfrauen* Streik “Gleich, gleich aber unterschiedlich. – Sind wir Feministinnen?”

Zu unserer Demonstration am 08.03.2019 laden wir sie nach Potsdam ein. Der Treffpunkt ist um 12 Uhr am Hbf Potsdam, Ausgang Babelsbergerstr. – von dort laufen wir über den Alten Markt bis zum Brandenburger Tor

Wir von Women in Exile haben entschieden uns heute am 8. März 2019 anlässlich des Internationalen Frauen*Kampf-Tag, Millionen von Frauen* anzuschließen und zusammen zu streiken und zu feiern – alle auf die gleiche Weise, gleich aber doch unterschiedlich.

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Refugee Women* Strike: Same, same but different. “Are we feminists?”

Call by Women in Exile & Friends

Most of us have been fighting all our lives because of our patriarcal cultural and religious backgrounds which impose violence on us, our bodies and minds.

We worked twice as hard as our male siblings but still our efforts were not considered to be good enough. At the same time we had to persevere things like FGM, sexual harassment and violence from family and spouses. We fought tendencies of discrimination in our families and in the society to be given equal opportunities in life. We fought different social and political battles to maintain our dignities as women.

We were not happy or satisfied with the little we had, so we decided to fight for our rights. These struggles and fights in our countries of origin had consequences which made us leave and undertake dangerous journeys. Journeys in which some lost their lives while others got raped and enslaved on the way. Most of those who managed to make these journeys are living in trauma and nightmares. They are forced to live in crowded, isolated, collective homes which lack privacy and on a daily basis experience sexual assault and exploitation.

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Women* strike: same, same but different.Who cares about us?

8th March International Women’s Day is a global day remembering the historical, cultural, and political achievements of women. We celebrate 100 years of Women fights because we are the mothers, we are the family caretakers, domestic workers, babysitters, cleaners.

We refugee women we are teachers, nurses, business women, engineers, this and all other talents are not put into consideration because we are isolated and discriminated.

In 2019 we join the global call for a women’s strike because we come united to make visible women’s work in all aspects of life, inside and outside the house, in urban and rural areas, paid or unpaid no matter the color of our skin or our origins.

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Same, same but very different – let’s end double discrimination against women refugees

On Monday 28th January 2019 we took part of the TED talk at the University of Potsdam with the theme Seeking discomfort, following you find the content of our talk.

There are human rights that we are all entitled to from birth until death. Would it surprise you to learn that many people are denied these rights? It surprised me.

Becoming a member and part of the volunteer staff of Women in Exile initiative, is a privilege that has allowed me to see, understand and be a witness to so many concerns surrounding human rights, especially the denial of those rights to women living in exile. Those whom we call refugees.
It is this uncomfortable truth that has made me seek the discomfort of standing in front of you, because I believe that this platform can bring awareness and awareness is the first step to creating the change needed to end the double discrimination against women refugees.

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Fremde Stimme von Arzoo

Seit unserer Bustour im Sommer letzten Jahres sind wir mit Arzoo Jamshidi in Kontakt .

Sie war zwei Wochen lang mit ihren drei Kindern mit uns unterwegs und wir haben sie als eine junge, sehr wache, selbständige und starke Frau kennen gelernt, die ihren eigen Kopf hat und ihre Meinung uns gegenüber und in der Öffentlichkeit sagt. Schon nach dem zweiten Tag war sie eine der Frauen, die sich bei unserer Demo in Leipzig gegen Abschiebungen und die Gewalt in Herkunftsländern wie Afhghanistan ausgesprochen hat und die Gründe für ihre Flucht geteilt hat.

Das Thema der Tour war “Women* Breaking Borders” und da viele verschiedene Frauen mit unterschiedlichen kulturellen, religiösen, politischen und sozialen Hintergründen zusammen gekommen sind war es wichtig, dass alle sehr offen im Umgang miteinander sind.

Ihre Kommunikation in  und mit der Gruppe zeigte uns, dass sie sehr offenen und aufgeschlossen für alle Lebenseinstellungen ist.

Sie hat einen sehr starken Text geschrieben, der zeigt, wie sie beschlossen hat einen anderen Weg zu gehen, als der, der ihr durch ihre patriarchale “Kultur” vorgeschrieben wird.

Sie ist bereit für ihre Rechte als Frau in dieser Gesellschaft und dieser Welt einzustehen und sie weiß, dass Women in Exile für sie da ist, wenn sie Unterstützung braucht.

Unten findet der Text von ihr.

Ich bin eine Frau, die in Afghanistan geboren wurde. In einem Land, in dem das Patriarchat herrscht. Uns wird gesagt: „Sei ruhig, es ist nicht gut für uns, wenn jemand deine Stimme hört. Sei still!”

“Schütze dich vor den Augen Fremder, damit, Gott bewahre, niemand erkennt, dass du meine Schwester oder Mutter bist.“

Aber zum Glück hat mich das Schicksal nach Deutschland gebracht. Hier konnte ich mich in dem neuen Umfeld integrieren und mich selbst finden. 

Es ist mein Recht frei zu leben und auf eigenen Beinen zu stehen und von niemandem abhängig zu sein. In Deutschland habe ich die Frauenorganisation Women in Exile kennen gelernt. Sie sind Frauen mit starkem Willen, Entschlossenheit und politischen Meinungen, die mir gut gefallen haben. Sie haben mein Interesse gewonnen. Auch ich kann ein Mitglied der Gruppe sein. 

Ich will, dass die ganze Welt meine Stimme hört. 

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Women have been voting for a 100 years and still our voices don`t count! ” aren`t we women”?

We gave the following speech at the Women’s March in Berlin, Germany in front of the Humboldt University on January 19, 2019.

All around the world we are seeing day after day how millions of women* are taking to the streets saying enough is enough, showing the world women*’s power. Women* are fighting for their rights in all front lines, from big demonstrations like Women’s March, 8 March women strike or Women Wall. We refugee women* we resist every day to deportations, racism, sexism and discrimination in lagers, in offices, in houses and on the streets.

Women* are farmers, doctors, students, professors, hairdressers, drivers, coaches, secretaries, old, middle age and young, with and without papers. Women* are diverse, different, multiple, have different voices and colors but united are unbeatable.

As refugee women* we came here to stay and we fight for our rights as women and the discriminating asylum laws which threatens our stay.

We fight for freedom of movement, racism and sexism; adversities which are following us from our countries of origin, on our long dreadful journeys and in our host countries. We do not forget that most of our flight reasons are man-made calamities like war, bad governance and poverty incited by the so called “developed countries”.

Many of us lose our lifes on our flight journeys due to the European “border” closing policies. We expect effective human justice to all those who have lost and are losing their life’s at European borders, in the Mediterranean sea, those committing suicides in lagers due to depressions and traumas.

We, refugee women*, together with solidarity activists are building a history of bridging the refugee movement and the feminist movement, with the intention of ending racism, sexism and discrimination.

Women have been voting for a 100 years and still our voices don`t count! ” aren`t we women”?

We will continue to empower refugee women* to understand their rights and advocate for themselves.

We won’t give up, we will fight until freedom comes and we will be joyful rebels.

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