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Stress, depression and trauma – Psychological Health for Refugee women

Our last health seminar was facilitated by experts for migrants and refugees from KommMit who offer psychological counseling for refugees in Berlin/Brandenburg.

Many women came with a lot of questions such as: can dizziness and sleeping problems be a psychological problem? I have a lot of stress and problems -What can I do ? How can I help somebody else? What can one do if psycho-therapy doesn’t help?

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Call for support for the festival

Dear friends & supporters,

From 26.-29.July, we from Women in Exile & Friends are inviting to
„Bulding Bridges“ Festival in O-Platz Berlin. The festival is for
refugee women* (individuals and refugee women groups) and women* working
with and for refugee women* issues. We will have different interesting
activities like workshops, discussions, cultural and artistic stage
programm etc.

To make the festival a success, we are asking for your support in the
following areas:

  • setting up the Festival
  • child care
  • night shifts
  • kitchen
  • floater

If you have time and energy to support, please write us a mail on which
days you are available or which shifts are possible to make. Also if you
would like to have more information, just write to:
support@women-in-exile.net support@women-in-exile.net>

We are happy about every helping hand and are very thankful for your
support!

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Petition for The Right to Stay

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We demand a right to stay instead of exclusion and illegality.

Please sign the Petition on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the German Constitution :https://www.petition-bleiberecht.de/petition/english/

Petition for The Right to Stay

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We demand a right to stay instead of exclusion and illegality.

Please sign the Petition on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the German Constitution : https://www.petition-bleiberecht.de/petition/english/

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 | FA |

Women in Exile & Friends are planning a three day open air summer action camp in Berlin. The protest camp is for refugee women* (individuals and refugee women groups) and women* working with and for refugee women* issues. This protest 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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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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