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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.

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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!

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.

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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 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
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
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“”

Roma woman takes racist German perpetrator to court. Call for support at court appearance!

The trial starts on 23.09.2019 at 9:30 at the Kriminalgericht Moabit, Turmstraße 91, Room 1/537, 10559 Berlin

Dear press, we ask you to announce this trial date and to monitor the case and report on it!

On March 29, 2019 our friend Maria, her husband and her brother-in-law were travelling in a Berlin subway when they were attacked by a white German woman with a knife. All three were injured, some of them were in a life-threatening condition, and are still suffering from the physical and
psychological consequences of the racist attack.

Continue reading Roma woman takes racist German perpetrator to court. Call for support at court appearance!

Feminist Futures Festival

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Last weekend, from 12th to 14th September, in the framework of the Feminist Futures Festival, Women in Exile was invited to give a Workshop on “Women, Asylum and Solidarity: How open are my political structures to refugee women?”.

Feminist Futures Festival; the event was a highlight among the feminist movement in Germany. It was a huge feminists gathering since many years. More than 1000 women* from all over the world came to the Festival to share their knowledge, experiences, meet and have fun together.

Our workshop was attended by around 80 participants and we posed three questions for reflection:

How do you define feminism?
What are the barriers that prevent people from equal participation?
What would you change to have an inclusive feminism?

Continue reading Feminist Futures Festival

Demo Justice for Rita

On 27.8. around 60 people attended the demo demanding Justice for Rita in front of the Brandenbrug Ministry of Interior in Potsdam.

Once again was asked the closure of all lagers, as they are prisons of which refugees are being victims, and death is one of the results, as it has been in the case of Rita.

After one minute of silence in her memory, speeches of the organization

supporting the demo were read, as is the case of Fluchtslingsrat Brandenburg, ISD, Solidarity Cities, Respect, as well as the open letter of the residents of the lager where Rita lived. Then the mic was left open to share the experiences around the fights against racism, discrimination and sexism.

We expect by the 25th November, that the lager of Hohenleipich as a first step to close all lagers, if not we will go there to demonstrate against violence against women.

NO more lagers for women and children!,

CLOSE all lagers!!