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Women of Courage Essen Germany demand immediate release of Joly Talukder and her seven colleagues!

Frauenverband Courage Essen,
Mädchen- und Frauenzentrum
Courage Essen e.V.,
Goldschmidtstraße 3,
45127 Essen
Tel: 0201/ 1 25 26 59 oder 556323
email: fvcourage-essen@fvcourage.de,

www.couragezentrum-essen.de

 

Letter of protest

We demand the immediate release from prison of Joly Talukder and her seven colleagues!

We protest loudly and publicly against the arrest of Joly Talukder, chairman of the union of seamstresses GWTUC in Bangladesh, and her seven colleagues!

We demand their immediate release!

During her visits to Essen Joly Talukder has repeatedly accused authorities of members of opposition parties and trade unionists having disappeared. We are outraged to learn that she herself has been arrested on April 1  and even put into solitary confinement.

This is torture against human rights, and it must end immediately!

Soon after Joly Talukder’s last visit to Essen in autumn 2016, some 20,000 textile workers went to strike near Dhaka for higher minimum wages to secure at least a minimum subsistence level for their families to survive. Rubber bullets and arrests were the answer. Trade union activists throughout  Bangladesh are being persecuted to put them to silence.

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STATEMENT BY SOUTHERN AFRICA RURAL WOMEN’S ASSEMBLY ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY, 8 March 2018

Today 8th March marks International Women’s Day. This is an historic day that has to be remembered for the struggles of poor women over 100 years ago who fought for an 8-hour work day, and decent working and living conditions for women. Over the decades International Women’s Day has symbolized the ongoing struggles for living wages, against violence, the rights of women and most importantly against patriarchy.

Although more than 100 years has passed since this significant date not much has changed for women and girls who live in rural areas. Women and girls who live in rural areas in SADC play a crucial role in improving rural livelihoods and the overall wellbeing of those who live in the country side. However, they experience increasing levels of inequality and are often at the forefront of being marginalised and displaced as a result of the increasing land grabs in the region, no access to clean drinking water and are victims of gender-based violence.

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World women of all continents ! „Women rise for Afrin !“

Coordinators
of the World Women’s Conferences
of grassroot women
Halinka Augustin/ Europe / Netherlands
Susanne Bader/ Europe / Germany
Zaman Masudi/ Germany / Deputy
Meral Cicek / Near East

 2018 / 03 / 18

Women of the World ! World women of all continents ! „Women rise for Afrin !“

The Turkish government carries out an invasion against international law in the Democratic Federation of North Syria. Hundreds of thousands of men and women are escaping.
The kurdish women movement calls for an international solidarity campaign „Women rise for Afrin !“.

At our 2. World Women‘s Conference of grassroot women in Kathmandu / Nepal we decided mutually: Our partnerships across country borders from grassroots to grassroots are a duty that no struggle is left without solidarity.

On 21 March 2018 ICOR ( International Coordination of Revolutionary Parties and Organizations ) calls for a worldwide day of action.„Efrin will live!“

21 March is the day of the Newroz festival, a day of peace and freedom. This day and also other actions on March 24, 2018 ( Global Action day for Afrin ) are fine opportunities to make good on our promise. „Women rise for Efrin !“ „Efrin will live !“

Let us take over responsibility for actions and alliances and let us show that we fight alongside our kurdish sisters !

Long live international solidarity !

Download call for Afrin: 180319 World women call for 180321us

 

REPAK: Call for Afrin

For further information: repak_@outlook.comInformation Desk from Afrin: IC.afrinresistance@gmail.com Twitter: @ICafrinresist
January 29, 2018                               Kurdish Women’s Relation Office (REPAK)

 

Rise up for Afrin! Let’s defend the Women’s Revolution in Rojava!

Today is the 10th day of the attempt of the Turkish state to militarily occupy the Kurdish city of Afrin in Northern Syria (Rojava). Since January 20, 2018 the Turkish military and allied Jihadists are attacking Afrinfrom the ground and from the air. They are not only targeting the People’s and Women’s Defense Forces YPG and YPJ, who have been fighting the Islamic State bravely and effectively, but also civilians and cultural treasures in a conscious way. Until today according to official numbers from the Administration of Canton Afrin 60 civilians were killed and 153 civilians wounded during Turkish attacks.

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International Appeal on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

International Appeal on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

“On this day, 25 November, we unite forces with all women in the world to eliminate all form of violence. Our main concern is the fight for freedom, equality, justice, solidarity and, above all, peace.”

Continental Coordinators  – World Women Conferences Representative  – World March of Women Africa

In West Africa numerous women are caught up in battles. They do all they can to support the demands for better living conditions for everyone.

Women are the people most responsible for the survival of families and thus particularly vulnerable because the have to provide the bare necessities, also during battles. Despite all the risks, they have do carry out their activities accordingly. They organise themselves.

In Kenya many young people lose their lives in the fight against government troops. Women desperately seek platforms for a solution. The political situation demands that women raise their voices against oppression. In Nairobi a large peace demonstration denounced murder. But police and the military continue to kill. In Sudan we see that the decision of the people for independence subjects many women to great violence. In Somalia militarism remains a threat with terrorist attacks and bombs. It is not possible for women to gather together. Rape is used as a mass war weapon.

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2nd world meeting of the coordinators for preparation of 3 WWC

 

Announcement:

On October 25th and 26th there will be the 2nd world meeting (not publicly available, only for invited guests)) of the world coordinatory women to prepare 3rd World-Women’s Conference. The meeting will be held in the “Arbeiterbildungszentrum e. V., Koststraße 8 in 45899 Gelsenkirchen, Germany. The beginning of the meeting will be in the morning at 9.00 am.

We are happy that some international guests will attend the meeting. On October 24 there will be a welcome evening organized by the militant women’s council and the European coordinators followed by a cultural exchange.

In the name of Suse Bader, Zaman Masudi, Anne Wilhelm and Halinka Augustin.

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

 

Call for an International Day of Action against Feminicide on August 3rd!

Call for an International Day of Action against Feminicide 

Let’s make August 3rd the International Day of Struggle against Feminicide through our joint organization!

On August 3rd 2017 is the third anniversary of the genocidal attack by the so-called Islamic State (IS) on Êzidi (Yazidi) Kurds in the Northern Iraqi city of Sinjar. Starting on August 3, 2014 the attacks and massacres caused a humanitarian catastrophe but importantly had the genocidal objective of eradicating the whole Êzidi community. Women were systematically targeted within this genocide and therefore it also constitutes a feminicide.

On August 3, 2014 the world became witness to a genocidal attack by IS, having the ultimate goal of eliminating one of the oldest religious communities in the world, the Êzidis. Rendered helpless and defenceless when the peshmerga troops of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) withdrew from their positions in Sinjar without prior warning, the Êzidi community suffered systematic massacre, rape, torture, displacement, enslavement of girls and women and forced recruitment of boys as child soldiers.

Unofficial reports show that over 5 thousand women and children were kidnapped and sold on slavemarkets in the course of the assault. The women and girls were not only sold in Northern Iraq and Syria but also in countries like Saudi Arabia, where they continue to be held and exploited as sex slaves.

Download Call in English:
Call for an International Day of Action against Feminicide

Download Call in Kurmanci:
Bangawaziya ji bo roja calakiya navnetewî dijî qirkirina jinê

Download Call in Turkish:
Kadın Kırımına Karşı Uluslararas- Eylem Gunu İçin Çağrı