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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.

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

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!!