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International Women’s Conference – 20 Years Women in Exile

Weaving experiences, building networks. Analysis of the political, economic and colonial causes of forced displacement.

Women in Exile and Friends are celebrating their 20th anniversary!

Over the past two decades, we have broken many borders. As refugee women, we are constantly confronted with visible and invisible borders. At these borders, refugee women’s autonomy and freedom of movement are regimented, their choice of where and how to live is externally determined. Access to health care is precarious and inefficient. Work bans drive people into dependence on arbitrary authority or into irregular employment. Asylum policies foster a social climate in which refugees are dehumanized and devalued. 

As organized refugee women, we encourage each other in the fight against sexism and racism. We reiterate our call for the abolition of all camps. We continue discussions about the political motivations that drive people into exile. We will make it clear that we are not alone or isolated, but that we share struggles and successes. We are part of a global human community. We collected our knowledge and experiences in our book “Women in Exile – Breaking Borders to Build Bridges” which will be published on the occasion of the International Women Conference.  

We invite all refugee women and friends in solidarity to come to the conference!

Let’s build a world without borders, a world that overcomes the effects of colonization and ends exploitation and plunder.   

For the right to come, the right to go, and the right to STAY!

Women in Exile & Friends

2021 was a year full of activities for Women in Exile & Friends!

Thanks to your generous support, we were able to successfully overcome most of the challenges – despite the pandemic.

You and your financial support helped us to advance our campaign “No camps for women and children! Abolish all camps!” to move forward. We made the bus tour this time to the north of Germany with the theme “Women* Moving Against Lagers and Racism” and were able to build and maintain new and old relationships with women and groups.

We demonstrated, organized workshops and did other activities that we shared with you through the newsletter and our info mails. We supported many refugee women* by referring them to, and in some cases accompanying them to asylum process consultations and medical care organizations.

The women who participate in our empowerment workshops realize that they are not alone in facing these problems. This has given them courage and the strength to address the situation collectively and not perceive it as their individual problems.

Continue reading 2021 was a year full of activities for Women in Exile & Friends!

Help refugee women* keep our safe space.

First, we would like to thank all those who have continued donating through this space in solidarity to our safe space in Hermann Straße 22, Berlin.

This is why, we appeal to you and all other well-wishers, to donate again this year to assist us financially to retain the space. This space has become very important to refugee women* in our group, especially those living in the isolated camps in Brandenburg and those in Berlin who are always seeking for advice in one way or the other. It is a meeting place to exchange, learn and getting connected to new women*.

The Refugee Law Clinic (Berlin) meets here once in a week to give legal advice to refugee women* from Berlin and Brandenburg.

Please, donate generously, to assist us to keep the space running.

Human Rights Day: Give back the Mobiles! Right to come, right to go, right to stay!

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During our rally against Lager in Eisenhüttenstadt on the International Day against Violence against Women on 25.11., many reported, that their mobiles had been taken away by german police when crossing the german/polish border in Frankfurt Oder. Refugees – also families with small children – arriving in Frankfurt Oder are send, also in the late afternoon, to a Camp somewhere far away in Germany. Some had to go without a mobile. Taking away their mobiles is a an incomprehensible encroachment on fundamental rights. Flight is not a crime.

So we decided to make a spotanous action on the german/polish border. We wanted to show solidarity with the refugees crossing borders. Accompanied by our friends from Haus des Wandels, Seebrücke, Konvoi Potsdam and other supporters. We stood on the bridge between Frankfurt Oder and Slubice and demanded: Open Borders!

Today we celebrate the Human Rights Day. On December 10, 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In it: the right to asylum.

But who was sitting at the table discussing the definition of a refugee?! Only the Colonial Powers and the very few decolonized countries like India and Pakistan. So this definition was built to exclude us from asylum or give us away to over-exploitation as illegalized.

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Call for rally against sexualized and racialized violence on the 25.11.2021 at 1 pm in Eisenhüttenstadt

On the 25. November, the “International Day for the Elimination of Gender-Based Violence against Women*Women in Exile&Friends, Haus des Wandels and other local initiatives invite you to join our rally in Eisenhüttenstadt in front of the Erstaufnahmeeinrichtung in Poststraße 72 at 1 pm.

Our rally is meant is to bring attention to the women*s situation on the flight and the situation for us living inside refugee camps. Through these dangerous routes, women and queers are systematically being exposed to violence and sexual exploitation. We end up in receiving camps in Germany with physical maladies and trauma. Not only the flightway, but also the camps are not safe spaces for women*. We and our children are a vulnerable minority in these camps.

On our rally we will also remember our Sister Rita O.. She was brutally murdered while living in a camp three years ago. To date, the proceedings have not been concluded, let alone charges brought. The violence protection concept has not worked and the best concept would be: No Lager!

Continue reading Call for rally against sexualized and racialized violence on the 25.11.2021 at 1 pm in Eisenhüttenstadt

Prosecutor gives new details in death of Kenyan woman

https://www.lr-online.de/lausitz/elsterwerda/fluechtlingsheim-hohenleipisch-staatsanwalt-nennt-neue-details-zum-tod-einer-kenianerin-60787111.html

Bis heute ist unklar, wie Rita O. zu Tode kam. 2019 lebte die damals 32-jährige Mutter im Asylbewerberheim Hohenleipisch. Flüchtlingsinitiativen erheben schwere Vorwürfe gegen Polizei und Staatsanwaltschaft. Letztere verwahrt sich dagegen und nennt neue Details.
Die Faktenlage ist auch nach mehr als zwei Jahren dünn. Im Juni 2019 wurden unweit des Asylbewerberheimes Hohenleipisch menschliche Körperteile gefunden. Einer DNA-Analyse zufolge sind sie zweifelsfrei der damals 32-jährigen Kenianerin Rita O. zuzuordnen, die im Heim lebte. Die Mutter von zwei Kindern, damals zwei und vier Jahre alt, war am 7. April als vermisst gemeldet worden.

Der Flüchtlingsrat Brandenburg, Women in Exile & Friends und die Opferperspektive e.V. wiederholen in einer gemeinsamen Presseerklärung erneut ihre schweren Vorwürfe gegen Polizei und Staatsanwaltschaft. “Bis heute ist das Verfahren nicht abgeschlossen, geschweige denn wurde Anklage erhoben. Es entsteht der Eindruck, dass die Ermittlungsbehörden kein Interesse an der Verfolgung der Tötung von Rita O. haben und dass eine Anklageerhebung staatlicherseits verschleppt wird, in der Hoffnung, der Skandal um ihre Tötung und die katastrophalen Ermittlungsarbeiten würde in Vergessenheit geraten.”

Flüchtlingsinitiativen kritisieren “schleppende Ermittlungen” im Fall Rita O.
Oberstaatsanwalt Gernot Bantleon von der Staatsanwaltschaft in Cottbus weist das zurück und sagt: “Wir haben alles getan. Das ständige Wiederholen der Vorwürfe ändert an den Tatsachen nichts.”

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Lagervisit and Womencafé in Eisenhüttenstadt 05.11.21

We decided to visit and organise a “women café” in Eisenhüttenstadt after Barnim für Alle called for an action day in Eisenhüttenstadt. The protestant church was kind enough to offer us a space for this purpose.

It was not possible to enter the camp. Since the outbreak of the corona pandemic, the lager has been closed to visitors. The security at the gate, said we can only ring the people we wanted to visit to come outside.

This was not easy, but we managed to meet about 8 women who have been staying in the camp from 2 days, a few weeks and some for more than three months. A young woman from Afghanistan told us, she has been in camp for three months and is waiting for a transfer. She told us the camp is over filled. We saw tents through the fence and heard of the reopening of the former deportation prison for sleeping spaces. She told us more than 40 people were in quarantine, and after 14 days some of them are getting transfers to places like Bamberg or Munich. These are the Ankerzentren we visited in our Summer Bustour in 2016. So we can imagine the living conditions there.

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Workshop on high blood pressure with Monika Fränznick (Feminist Women’s Health Centre) from 2.10.2021

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The most dangerous consequence of high blood pressure is heart attack. Contrary to the sexist myth, heart attack is not a man’s disease. And because of this myth, heart attack is diagnosed too rarely or late in women, so twice as many women die from it. In general, women are treated later and the symptoms are played down; for men, the reaction is much quicker. There is a study from the USA that found that men are treated in the emergency room after 30 minutes, whereas women have to wait an average of 1:15 hours. The symptoms in women are different – so far there is less research on this and on treatment. Symptoms include stomach and back pain.

High blood pressure affects 10-15% of women in Germany. From the age of 50, one in three women has high blood pressure, and from the age of 60, one in two. Before the menopause, women are protected from it by hormones, after that it rises rapidly. Statistically, people with high blood pressure die 5 years earlier. High blood pressure rarely comes alone and there is a so-called metabolic symptom: high blood pressure + diabetes + obesity + fat metabolism = a deadly quartet that reinforces each other. High blood pressure is often the first of these. Low hypertension is harmless, even if it has more symptoms that are unpleasant. Home remedy is to walk in a cold pool of water. Or take Effortil.

Continue reading Workshop on high blood pressure with Monika Fränznick (Feminist Women’s Health Centre) from 2.10.2021