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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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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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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.

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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!!

Redebeitrag von Women in Exile bei Anti- Pogida- Demo in Potsdam

IMG-20160224-WA0021Wir brauchen keine Pogidas Pegidas oder Asyl-Pakete!

english here:

Während Pogida und Pegida feiern, wenn geplante Flüchtlingsunterkünfte brennen, während sie mit rassistischen Attacken und Hassreden das Leben der Flüchtlinge bedrohen, schnüren Politiker fleißig Asylpakete. Alles was Flüchtlinge betrifft, wird nun im Eiltempo durchgezogen. Mit der Gangart der drei Ps, Pogidas, Pegidas, und Pakete müssen wir es aufnehmen.
Gegen sie zu kämpfen wird uns Energie kosten, doch kostet es uns mehr, wenn wir nicht weiter für unsere Menschenrechte kämpfen. Am Ende haben wir Krankheiten, die nicht erklärbar sind, wir werden Menschen ohne Perspektive.

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