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 “MODEP” from Colombia (in Spanish language)


“… empuñamos esa linterna con orgullo por ser la herencia de millones de mujeres que partiendo de la sumisión forzada y mientras eran atacadas, ridiculizadas y vilipendiadas, supieron construir una cultura, una ética y una ideología nueva y revolucionaria para enriquecer y democratizar el mundo” (Nuria Varela – 2004)

El Movimiento por la Defensa de los Derechos del Pueblo – MODEP se une a la alegría de cientos de mujeres que entre el 8 y el 13 de marzo de 2016 se encuentran en Katmandú Nepal en la 2 Conferencia Mundial de Mujeres.

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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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APTUF Pakistan Solidarity Message IWD March 8th


Solidarity Message14-N, Industrial Area, Gulberg II, Lahore, Pakistan

March 8th International Women Day

Lets Pledge to Continue Struggle for Parity

Dear sisters and Friends,,

Solidarity greetings from All Pakistan Trade Union Federation!
For All Pakistan Trade Union Federation March 8th is an important day to forge stronger links and unity between all those struggling for the liberation of women and resisting against gender inequality around the world. It is a day with a proud history for the women’s movement – a history of internationalism, unity, solidarity and struggle.

March 8th remember us the struggle of women workers starts on 1857 for the betterment of working condition. At that time police brutally baton women workers to stop their voice, due to this brutally attacked by police several women workers sacrifice their life.

It was at the 1910 on the event of International Conference in Copenhagen that German Socialist leader Clara Zetkin first raised the idea of organizing an International Working Women’s Day to mark the important victories of women workers in the United States and to provide a focus for women around the world to organize public actions to win the right to vote.

Friends, Pakistani women are also victims of violence, terrorism, gender discrimination, inequality, elimination of basic human rights. Despite the constant oppression against women, we all women’s are fighting back.

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Gabriela Statement on the International Women’s Day 2016

Women, fight for jobs, land, social services and rights! Fight the oppressive, imperialist puppet, Gabrielacorrupt & fascist government!


GABRIELA Statement on the International Women’s Day 2016

GABRIELA Alliance of Filipino Women sends our militant greetings to women all over the world as we commemorate the International Women’s Day this year.

We celebrate and honor the lives of women who fought more than a hundred years ago for the recognition of women’s key role in the economic, political and cultural spheres. They laid the foundation upon which the militant women’s movement was built and sparked the struggle to end women’s oppression and abuse.

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Programm of 2nd World Women’s Conference

The 2nd World Women’s Conference Poster World Womens Conference
of grassroots women
will take place
from 13th – 18th March 2016 in Kathmandu in Nepal.

Venue: Nepal Academy Hall, Kamaladi, Kathmandu  find the map here:  

Its program:

13th March:

Opening with a demonstration, starting at 11 a.m. at Brhikutimandap

and a opening ceremony, 1 p.m., Nepal Academy Hall, Kamaladi, Kathmandu

14th and 15th March:

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (with break) – nine main 2-day workshops, find the list here:

5 to 7 p.m. – international cultural events, on 14th March: Asia with especially Nepal

16th and 17th March:

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (with break) – General Assembly of delegates,

At the same time during those two days smaller workshops, book readings, excursions into the country (to be published later)

16th March: 5 to 7 p.m. – international cultural event

17th March: 5 to 7 p.m. – international song contest for a hymn of the women of the world

18th March:

Grand joint final plenary, 9 a.m.

Registration form here:

Mail to the conference office:

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Press Release: Countdown for 2nd World Women’s Conference

The countdown for the 2nd World Women’s Conference of Grass-roots women is on! resize the first hung up WWC posters

Only few days from now on the 2nd World Women’s Conference of Grass-roots women will begin in Kathmandu/Nepal. From 13th to 18th March women from about 40 countries from all over the world will come together and meet with hundreds or even thousands of Nepalese women. The motto is: Women are climbing the highest mountains. The courage and the tenacity which is necessary for climbing the highest mountains was already much in demand in the preparations – and was especially showed by the Nepalese women of the United Women’s Alliance (UWA).

For four years now, women all over the world have been preparing this important event. But the devastating earthquake in April 2015 and later the unofficial border blockade by the Indian government until few weeks ago left it open, if the conference could take place at all. Originating from the courageous women of the United Women’s Alliance in Nepal, the World women (the women in the World Women’s Conference process) came to the joint decision: Grass-roots women do not let themselves be stopped by any difficulty! Neither the natural disaster of the earthquake nor the political and social catastrophe caused by the Indian government’s tries at blackmail will hinder us from climbing the highest mountains!

In 2011 the 1st World Women’s Conference of Grass-roots women took place in Caracas/ Venezuela. 15 years after the last UN World Women’s Conference it was clear: If the grass-roots women of the world lay their fate into the hands of governments, the UN or NGOs their situation will not get better. Quite to the contrary, low wages and getting even lower wages than men, violence against women, aggressive imperialist wars, conditions that force women to be a refugee, joblessness and poverty are severely affecting particularly women. Double exploitation and oppression of the mass of women is the reality in the capitalist and imperialist world of today!

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