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REPORT: 20 Years Women in Exile & Friends “Breaking Borders to Build Bridges” – International Conference

We kicked off our International conference “Breaking Borders to Build Bridges” with an opening ceremony on the 4.8.2022 in the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Berlin with a powerful performance and singing of our freshly formed interreligious choir. In attendance were national and internal guests, overall 250 women* and children. The International conference carried a lot of activities and thus had to be of the same magnitude. The event was meant to celebrate 20 years of Women in Exile and the launching of our collectively self-written book by both women in exile & friends and supporters.

For the whole conference, Women in Exile & Friends had planned different themes for the workshops. We had workshops geared towards gender-specific reasons to flee; exploitation, marginalization and violence.

In a panel discussion with activists from our networks from IWS, Flit* Solidarity Africa, Respect and activists from WIE Rostock and WIE, the topic was: “What does it mean to live with insecure residence or without papers?” Experiences were shared and suggestions for solutions were discussed.

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20 years Women in Exile & Friends – “Breaking Borders to Build Bridges” International Conference

Click here – International Conference Programme

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Registration is now open for the conference

More information about the conference can be found on this page.

Register now to secure your spot at the conference in August with this Google form.

Room Descriptions – International Women’s* Conference



On the occasion of our twentieth anniversary, we are organizing the International Women’s* Conference from August 4 to 7, 2022 in Berlin: Breaking Borders to Build Bridges. 20 Years of Women in Exile & Friends. We will make the international feminist struggles visible, analyse them and develop further the practices in exchange. We will pay special attention to the situation of refugee women*. We start from our individual and collective experiences, from our spaces of resistance and support. This resistance is crucial for surviving and overcoming racist, sexist and exclusionary practices, because before, during, and after fleeing our communities and regions, we face massive discriminations.

We call on refugee women*, feminists, and friends in solidarity to weave together experiences by sharing our analyses and practices of the economic, political, cultural, and social causes of displacement in different parts of the world today.

During these four days, seven thematic spaces will be open where we will host various participatory workshops, experience-sharing sessions, collective readings, audiovisual screenings, and cultural and artistic exhibitions. Each day will conclude with a gathering to collect the main reflections of the day.

Thematic spaces

1. Gender Causes of Flight: Exploitation, Exclusion and Violence

2. Climate Change and Disputed Territories: Political, Environmental, Economic, and Cultural Causes of Displacement and Forced Relocation  

3. Solidarity and Practice: What is Solidarity and How is it Lived in Everyday Life?

4. Structural and Personal Racism: Effects of State Refugee Policies on Refugee Women* and Resistance to them

5. Health and spaces of healing. Health care for all – without racism

6. Women* Movements and Feminisms from the Global South

7. Reading of the collectively written book “Women in Exile – Breaking Borders to Build Bridges” and Conversations about Archiving

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