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Call for the International Seminar 2018

European Coordinators of the World Women’s Conference

 

Halinka Augustin / Netherlands

Susanne Bader / Germany

World women focus their strategic view!
They call for participation in  
the International Seminar on the Theory of the Liberation of Women!

In accordance with the resolutions of the 2nd World  Women‘s Conference of grassroots women in 2016, the World Coordinators are preparing an International Seminar on the Theory of the Liberation of Women.
It will take place from 2nd to 4th December in India, Bangalore.

We are delighted with the invitation from representatives of the Indian women’s movement. They will welcome us in Bangalore, the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka in the southwest of the country.

For three days, the seminar will offer all interested women the opportunity to discuss theories of women’s liberation in a spirit of solidarity and militancy.
The seminar is based on the realization from the Second World Women‘s Conference that

“The increasing crises of imperialism … challenge the masses, especially the women of the world, to take up the struggle for their future. Increasingly, we need to discuss and search for alternatives. We need to look for answers.“

(Kathmandu resolution 2016)

After these three days we will have the opportunity to visit Indian women’s organisations.

To prepare for this trip, study meetings are currently taking place in several cities in Germany and the Netherlands. Interested women are welcome to join in.

Every woman who is interested can participate in the international seminar in India. We will circulate all known contact addresses via the homepage of the World Women‘s Conference. In this way, interested women can get together to prepare and organise the trip together. In Germany, information can also be obtained from the women’s association Courage.

Flights must be booked to Kempegowda International Airport Bengaluru. We will continuously inform you about further facts such as accommodation, conference site etc. on the homepage.

For now the following is important:
You will need a tourist visa which you should apply for as soon as possible. Your passport must remain valid for at least 6 months after your return.

We hope to hear from you and we look forward to seeing you in India!

With many greetings of solidarity,

Suse and Halinka

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Press Release: 8th European Conference of grassroots women successfully held

European coordinators of the World Women Conferences, 17.04.2018

Press release can be downloaded as PDF file here

From 13 – 15.4.18 60 participants met in Mannenbach/Switzerland for the
8th European Conference of grassroots women. Delegations from Albania, Bosnia, Germany, the Netherlands, Russia, Switzerland, Turkey and the Ukraine were able to meet in the middle of nature with a view of Lake Constance and well supplied by many helping hands. Complemented by numerous written contributions from other countries such as Greece and Spain, the conference gave an impressive picture of the situation and struggles of women in Europe. Everywhere, the women’s movement  faces a cutback of hard-won, democratic rights and freedoms. Governments everywhere are moving to the right and more and more women are standing up for their rights.

We learned of the brave industrial action of Bosnian women workers. They camp in front of their closed factory for their workplaces – “neither batons nor silence can break our resistance!” Of the wage struggles of employees in hospitals, day-care centres and nursing facilities in Germany. Only 15% of the women farmers in Switzerland are paid on family farms, 56% are not paid for their work and only 6% head a farm. From the difficult situation in Turkey where arrests and dismissals are commonplace. In Ukraine, where there is hardly any work, the young people have to go abroad. Women also receive 25% less pay, with an average pension of €42. On Women’s Day, the demand was “Protection of Women’s Rights”. In the Netherlands, the cleaning women are active thanks to the cleaning women’s union. In Russia, young women in particular protest despite the threat of arrest. Poverty, unemployment, poorer pay, fewer rights, are absorbed in the organization of everyday life, and that happens in the 21st century! And we heard from the trauma of mass rape as a weapon of war in the Bosnian war, which continues to this day. And the fight to punish the guilty! The national strike organised in Spain on International Women’s Day is the militant response to all this!

The conference positioned itself unanimously for the struggle for world peace and demands:
“Active resistance to the bombardments by the United States, France and Great Britain!
Active resistance to the dangerous escalation that threatens world peace.
Our contribution is to work actively to build a new peace movement. (decision)
The most important decision of this conference is to strengthen coordination and cooperation. We agreed that more effort must be put into building up the women’s movement in our own countries. Therefore we will visit each other and inform ourselves about the website.
The Bosnian workers start by coming to Germany to exchange ideas with workers from many companies. On the weekend at the workers’ platform of the Internationalist Alliance in Hildesheim near Hannover, Germany.

European coordinators of the World Women Conferences   

Halinka Augustin/ Netherlands

Susanne Bader/ Germany

Stellvertreterin

Zaman Masudi/ Germany

Report on Africa Conference

Report
2nd Africa Conference of grass roots women 

Bamako 23 to 25 MAY 2017
Table of contents

Connections 3 (pages as in the original text)

Contents ………………………………………………….4
Results ……………………………………………………5

Course……………………………………………………..5

Prospects …………………………………………….6

Summary …………………………………………………7

Attachments …………………………………………….8

Attachment I pictures

Attachment II program
Attachment III finances

  1. Connections

The World Women’s Conference of grass roots women is an international movement of women which plays an important role in mobilizing grass roots women and their organizations for defending women’s rights given the various crises, that hit women with full force(due to poverty, unemployment, migration, climate change, violence based on sex, armed conflicts, wars e.g…)

 

The Africa Conference took place in Bamako from 23 to 25 May 2017. This meeting of African grass roots women is a logical consequence of the first meeting in Lomé which ran from 10th to 14th July 2012, in order to strengthen the movement on that continent. It took place with delegates from four African countries and with two German representatives of the worldwide women’s movement.

 

Download full report: 170707 Report Africa Conference_EN

 

Documents, Resolutions and Decisions of 5th World Coordinator’s Meeting

PRESS STATEMENT                                                                                                          18 September, 2015

Women are climbing the highest mountains…  logo1 wfk 2016

… this is the theme of the second World Women’s Conference (WWC) of grassroots’ women which will  take place in Kathmandu, Nepal from the 13th to the 18th of March in 2016. Women from at least 60 countries all around the world, are preparing for this big event.

Twenty years after the United Nation (UN) world women’s conference in Beijing  in 1995, the grassroots women say that the UN and the governments promised gender equality – but with the states’ continued implementation of  neoliberal policies nothing has change.  In reality, the political, social and cultural situation of the grassroots’ women have worsened with the impact of the wars of aggression and the devastating disaster caused by corporate aggression, fundamentalism, the decreasing wages, violence against women and the stress for women to take care of the family, the children and the growing population of the elderly.  We are determined to build a better future  women, towards the full emancipation of  the people of the world.

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