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Welcome to iwspace. Take a look around, find out about us and what we have to say. Check out our latest updates and news about our work and refugee rights in Germany.  Take some time to get to know refugee and migrant women in Germany; listen to us tell our stories in our own words. Browse through our photo gallery to see what we’ve got up to. Learn…

Syrian woman expelled from Berlin refugee camp for defending human rights / Syrische Frau wurde aus Notunterkunft in Berlin hinausgeworfen, weil sie ihre Menschenrechte einforderte

Syrian woman expelled from Berlin refugee camp for defending human rights – English Version Below Mujer siria expulsada de un campamento para refugiados en Berlín por exigir derechos – versión española abajo Pressemitteilung: Syrische Frau wurde aus Notunterkunft in Berlin hinausgeworfen, weil sie ihre Menschenrechte einforderte Viviana ist eine junge Frau aus Syrien. Sie ist vor dem…

BOOK LAUNCH – Refugee Women in Germany tell their stories – IN OUR OWN WORDS

(English below)  BUCHVERÖFFENTLICHUNG // PRESSEMITTEILUNG + EINLADUNG IN UNSEREN EIGENEN WORTEN Geflüchtete Frauen in Deutschland erzählen von ihren Erfahrungen WANN: 19 Uhr | 25. November 2015 WO: TheaterSpielRaum, Bethanien-Südflügel, Mariannenplatz 2B, 10997 Berlin Wir – die Aktivistinnen vom International Women Space (IWS) – hatten es uns 2013 als Aufgabe gesetzt, die Lebensgeschichten von geflüchteten Frauen…

iwspace statement at Press Conference – 14.09.2015 – Gerhart-Hauptmann Schule #Ohlauer

(English below) (Video by Muhammed Lamin Jadama) Wir haben ein Haus und wir haben die Möglichkeit, ein selbstorganisiertes Internationales Refugee Center zu errichten. Wir haben dieses Haus 2012 besetzt und von Anfang an haben wir alle Geflüchteten willkommen gehießen, die einen Platz zum Leben brauchten. Wir haben eine Frauenetage geschaffen wo geflüchtete Frauen zusammen leben…

Military action not a solution for migrants and refugees

The GUE/NGL group was critical of the package of measures proposed by the European Commission to stem the flow of migration to Europe’s shores by military and other repressive means. GUE/NGL President Gabi Zimmer said: “I criticise the behaviour of member states. They have set a framework of fear of refugees and security challenges for…

“The Refugee movement is the movement of the 21st Century” – Angela Davis in Berlin, May 2015 (video)

// Spanish below // Deutsch untenstehend // “Can someone explain to me why can’t I go inside the school?” asked Angela Davis on the 14th of May, during her meeting with activists in the Werkstatt der Kulturen, in Berlin. “Is it a school or a prison?” To which people from the audience replied: “Yes”. Angela Davis and Gina…

“My mother’s strange definition of empowerment” – Khadija Gbla on going through Female Genital Mutilation as a child and later living in a ‘clitoris-centric society’

Khadija Gbla grew up caught between two definitions of what it means to be an “empowered woman.” While her Sierra Leonean mother thought that circumsizing her — and thus stifling her sexual urges — was the ultimate form of empowerment, her culture as a teenager in Australia told her that she deserved pleasure and that…

Celebrating Napuli’s wedding and the rights of women

Today we celebrate the wedding of our comrade Napuli Langa, who has been an inspiration to all of us migrant and refugee women living as foreigners in Germany. A country that permanently refuses to recognize us as members of their society although we are here despite the hardships we undergo because of their racism, prejudice…

With Mali in Political Turmoil, High FGM Rates Persist

BAMAKO, Mali — In the primarily Francophone and Anglophone region of West Africa, Mali is said to have one of the highest rates of female genital mutilation, with about 91 percent of girls and women having undergone the circumcision — a rate that has not only stayed stubbornly high but may also be inching upward.…