Guest workers, contract workers and migrant and refugee women from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s and from today share their experiences.
WHEN: 29th October 2017 | 10:00 – 18:30 (+ Chillout until 21:00)
WHERE: Flutgraben e.V., Am Flutgraben 3, 12435 Berlin
International Women Space (IWS) is organising a two-day conference with six panel discussions focusing on the experiences of women who came to West Germany as guest workers, to East Germany as contract workers, as migrants and refugees to the reunified Germany and of German women who are affected by racism.
The invited speakers will talk about and compare their experiences of arriving and settling in Germany as well as working and organising as women here. We want to put the knowledge of multiple generations of migrants into a historical perspective, and create a space where we can exchange our individual and collective experiences in order to counteract false ideas of victimhood related to migrant women, whose voices are too often ignored in German society due to racism, xenophobia and sexism.
We want to counteract the mainstream narrative. We will not only focus on the problems that migrant and refugee women, as well as German women who are affected by racism are constantly confronted with. We also want to highlight the many and various forms of women’s resistance; in the workplace, in society and against institutional oppression.
IWS is a Berlin-based, feminist political group, fighting and documenting everyday violence, racism, sexism, patriarchy and all kinds of discrimination. We are committed to creating empowering and supportive women’s spaces. This conference is open to women only. We particularly want to encourage migrant and refugee women as well as German women who are affected by racism to attend.
The panels will be held in multiple languages with simultaneous translation into German, English, Arabic, Farsi, Turkish and Vietnamese. Childcare can be provided. Attendance is free.