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Talk and discussion with activist from the International Women Space. Series: "Resistance movements of Refugee Women in Berlin"



International Women Space (IWS) is a young movement by refugee women residing in the Berlin area. This women's collective emerged from the movement at Oranienplatz and has experienced and been active in many of the protest in Berlin in the last two years. They were active especially in the occupied Gerhart-Hauptmann-School in Ohlauerstr., Kreuzberg and consist mainly of refugee women and migrants who provide mutual support and act against state repression on location. In this event women from the IWS shall be invited. The focus of the workshop will be updates on the development of the protests and the current situation of refugees in Berlin from a feminist perspective. Furthermore, the gender specific challenges of the movement will be analysed, especially regarding the occupation of public spaces, experiences of evacuation, police violence and disputes with opponents of the protests. Besides the pure description of the situation in Berlin an exchange of experience and information will take place in a subsequent discussion, in which among others further and new methods of action and strategies can be developed in order to handle discriminating and racist conditions.

The talk and discussion will take place within the context of the series "Resistance movements of Refugee Women in Berlin and Germany. Information, Exchange, Networking and Empowerment"

A cooperation between Frauenkreise, the Intercultural Women's Centre S.U.S.I., the Migrationsrat Berlin-Brandenburg and Krik. TV.,

....held in the context of the International Week against Racism
...sponsored by the Nord-Süd-Brücken and the Robert Bosch-Stiftung

About the Series:
In this series various workshops, which will all start with inputs of the respective speakers and subsequently segue into a moderated discussion round with the participants present. The focus will lie on the situation and struggle of women migrants and refugees in Germany. In the discussions we are also hoping to put relate to the historical context. This means that the colonial past of Germany and Europe and post-colonial theoretical approaches will be taken into consideration when analysing the present situation and developing strategies of resistance. 


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