Film “We want Shamla back in Nepal”

Dear friends,

may be you have heard that we have had a march yesterday to bring back a German delegate named Shamla to Nepal. Here you can see a film on our march.

In solidarity

Halinka/European WWC Coordinator

For background information please also read article below.

We want Shamla in Nepal!

„We want Shamla in Nepal!“

The young delegate Shamla Sarabi from Essen/Germany, born in Afghistan, was not allowed to come to WWC but was kept at the Kathmandu Airport by Nepali Authorities und forced to fly back with the next available airplane to Dubai. The reason given for this by Nepali Authority was that her passport, despite a fully valid, would not be readable by maschine.

This is a scandal. We organized a rally to Nepal Ministry of Foreign Affairs and our African delegates from eleven African countries passed the following resolution which we all support:

Letter of protest  to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Nepal

We, the African women’s delegation representing 11 African countries as part of the 2nd World Women’s Conference of grass-roots women from 13 to 18 March, 2016 in Kathmandu/Nepal, strongly condem the harrassment and deportation of Ms. Shamla Sarabi from Afghanistan, who has the right to live in Germany. Shamla is being deported on very unclear grounds. She has a valid passport and a valid visa so she has the right to enter Nepal. She is being held in Dubai against her will, thus refusing to be forcefully put on a plane to Germany.

Therefore we demand:

She is to be allowed to return to Kathmandu to participate in the 2nd World Women’s Conference, where up to a thousand women from more than 45 countries all over the world will gather.

– The Nepali goverment should take responsibilty for her most direct flight back to Kathmandu as soon as possible.

We stand in solidarity with her. If our demands are not met, we will organize appropriate action.

We the undersigned, representatives from the following countries

Namibia, South Africa, Kenya, Eritrea, Tunisa, Morocco, Egypt, Congo, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghan

Concept workshop No. 4: Women at work

  1. Working women, their role in the struggle as part of the labor movement and in trade unions

Themes working women – equal pay for equal work – women and union work – child care at the workplace – discrimination against mothers – political and economic review of the situation of women – discrimination against women in access to leading positions – the situation of young women

The organization of the workshop

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Concept workshop no. 3: Wars of Aggresion

Xaya Nehmet (Kurdish name Rengin Renas); Representative of the Womens’ Protection Units (YPJ).

On my behalf, and that of the Women’s Protection Units, YPJ, I would like to commend this conference; which we consider a major step confirming the will, strength, and role of women in the achievement of social change and renaissance. I would also like to extend to you the greetings of each and every one of my comrades in the trenches, battling to defend every inch of Rojava, Syria; fighting on behalf, and in the name of, all women in the world.

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Concept workshop no. 2: Women’s movement and feminism

Workshop No. 2 Women’s movement and feminism:

2. Women’s movement and feminism Kurdish Women’s Movement

REPAK (Iraqi Kurdistan),

KJA (Turkey), Yekitiya Star (Rojava)

Women’s league Courage (Germany)

1 – Throughout history, women like Cleopatra, Zenobia, Rosa Luxemburg, Clara Zetkin, Leyla Kasim, Zerifa, Zada Sultan, and Kara Fatma have played key roles in leading women’s revolutions around the world, and that leading spirit is continuing in the Kurdistan Liberation Movement, where Kurdish women such as Zilan, Viyan, Shilan, and Sara, have been pioneering the peaceful cause of women’s freedom, while serving as a true example for thousands of Kurdish women to come.

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Greetings to WWC by Democratic Women of Afghanistan in Europe

Greeting letter to the second World Women’s Conference afghanistan-80087_1920

By The Left Democratic Women of Afghanistan, from Europe.

Kathmandu, 13 to 18 March 2016

Dear delegates of the second World Conference on Women,

We the Left Democratic Women of Afghanistan from Europe, who have already been fighting for 50 years to get rid of the oppression of Afghan women from double exploitation, namely patriarchal and fundamentalist order, want to send our warm greetings to you. Currently, women in Afghanistan are facing a war, which capitalist countries, especially the USA are waging against our country. They have created two dark forces: the fundamentalist Taliban and ISIS, which have been imposed on the people. The bloody events of recent years, i.e. forced marriages of underaged girls, stoning, burning, beheading, ears and nose cutting, removement of women’s reproductive organs by husbands, are evidence that the women of Afghanistan are in a state dominated by patriarchal fundamentalists in a very insecure environment. Despite the presence of international forces, and human rights organizations, the plight of women of Afghanistan is getting even worse. For example, the UNAMA newsletter in March 8th of this year reported that violence against women in 2015 has grown by 37 percent.

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Greetings to WWC by Sister Lea Ackermann SOLWODI

Dear participants of the World Conference of Women, Solwodi

The human rights organization SOLWODI sends you warm greetings from Germany, in celebration the World Conference of Women in Kathmandu/Nepal.

SOLWODI is the abbreviation of “Solidarity with Women in Distress”.

The human rights organization was founded by Sister Dr. Lea Ackermann in October 1985 in Mombasa, Kenya. There she saw the distress and misery of women and children, who battled for their existence and were forced to prostitute.

Today, SOLWODI has 34 counseling and training centres in Kenya and supports a widows and orphans project in Rwanda.

Since 1987 SOLWODI has also been active in Germany. Today, there exist 18 counseling centres, 1 reception centre and 8 shelters for foreign women and girls in distress or who are victims of human trafficking and forced prostitution, domestic violence or forced marriages.

SOLWODI is sad at heart to hear that violence face women around the world – for example, the women in Syria, who won´t be victims of a bloody war. Or Eastern Europe, where poverty and unemployment have risen rapidly. The women there are victims of the circumstance.

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