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Event: Beijing+20 - The Vision of the Socialist International Women

59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), United Nations, New York, from 09 to 20 March 2015

Panel discussion hosted by the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Angola to the United Nations and the Socialist International Women

Date: Friday 13 March 2015

Place: Conference Room 7, United Nations Headquarters, New York

Time: 18.30hrs - 19.45hrs

Interpretation: Simultaneous interpretation in English, French and Spanish

SPEAKERS:

• Helder Lucas, Ambassador, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Republic of Angola to the United Nations

• Ouafa Hajji, President of the Socialist International Women, SIW, Morocco

• Luzia Inglês, SIW Vice-President; Secretary General of the Organisation of Angolan Women, OMA, Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola, MPLA, Angola

• Maikibi Kadidiatou Dandobi, Minister of Population, the Promotion of Women and Children, Niger

Filomena Delgado, Minster of Family and the Promotion of Woman, Angola

Pia Locatelli, SIW Honorary President; Member of Parliament, Italian Socialist Party, PSI, Italy

• Janet Camilo, Secretary for International Cooperation, Dominican Federation of Social Democratic Women, FEDOMUSDE, Dominican Revolutionary Party, PRD, Dominican Republic

• Claude Roiron, National Secretary, National Secretariat for Women's Rights, Socialist Party, PS, France

 

Event: Beijing+20 - Gender Equality a Reality, Not a Dream

59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), United Nations, New York, from 09 to 20 March 2015

Panel discussion hosted by the Socialist International Women

Date: Thursday 12 March 2015

Place: 10th Floor, Church Center of the United Nations (CCUN), 777 1st Avenue, East 44th Street, NY 10017, New York

Time: 12.30hrs - 14.00hrs

Interpretation: Consecutive interpretation from French to English

SPEAKERS:

• Ouafa Hajji, President of the Socialist International Women, SIW, Morocco

• Christie Morreale, President of the Commission on Gender Equality; Vice-President of the Socialist Party, PS, Belgium

Chantal Kambiwa, Vice-President of the Socialist International, SI; Vice-President of the CSW/Africa; President of Africa’s Women Forum; Social Democratic Front, SDF, Cameroon

• Elke Ferner, Member of Parliament; Deputy Minister‎ in the German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth; President of the Federation of Social Democratic Women, ASF, of the Social Democratic Party of Germany, SPD, Germany

• Aicha Sakhri, Journalist; Director of Women’s Magazine Illi, Morocco

 

Statement on International Women's Day

08 March 2015

The Socialist International Women (SIW) strongly supports International Women’s Day (IWD) and the essential core principles it represents of upholding women’s rights, promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. IWD is an opportunity to honour all women past and present who have worked tirelessly for the rights of women and to celebrate women’s vital contributions to their families, communities and countries. It is also an occasion to re-focus on current challenges women are experiencing and recommit to taking urgent action to implement improvements to gender equality as well as the health, education, personal safety and human rights of women and girls ...

 

Statement on the killing of activist Shaimaa el Sabbagh

24 January 2015

The Socialist International Women is deeply shocked and saddened by the death of Shaimaa el Sabbagh.

Shaimaa was shot dead on 24 January 2015 allegedly by the Egyptian police as she was on her way to lay flowers at the memorial of those killed during the Egyptian uprising on 25 January 2011, in Talat Harb Square, Cairo.

Shaimaa was in her early thirties and has left behind a five-year-old son. She had taken active part in the Tha’era Women’s Network, a regional network hub for progressive women in the Arab region.

The Socialist International Women condemns the attacks and brutality by the Egyptian Police on innocent demonstrators and urges the Egyptian government to investigate the death of Shaimaa el Sabbagh and to hold those responsible to account. The Socialist International Women also calls on the Egyptian government to take all the necessary measures to ensure its citizens are able to demonstrate peacefully and express their views without facing threats, intimidation or violence. Everyone has the right to peaceful assembly and to freedom of expression.

We take this opportunity to send our condolences to the family of Shaimaa el Sabbagh, to her party, the Socialist Popular Alliance Party (SPAP), and to the Tha’era Network. Her passion for social justice, equality, the empowerment of women, and her lively spirit and courage will be missed by all of us.

 

Statement on International Migrants Day

18 December 2014

Over 214 million human beings have migrated from their homeland to another country. Many experienced distressing, physically demanding and extremely dangerous journeys. It is concerning that the number of women migrants has been increasing rapidly from some areas, with a current estimated total of 111 million. It is imperative that the human rights of these women are protected both during their migration journeys and within their destination countries ...

 

Council Meeting

Geneva, Switzerland, 15 and 16 December 2014

Beijing+20 - The Vision of the Socialist International Women and Women in Politics - The New Challenges

 

Message of SIW President on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

STOP THE WAR AGAINST WOMEN

25 November 2014

On the occasion of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, I would like to invite you to join the Socialist International Women (SIW) and take action to end violence against women.

Violence against women is the most extreme form of discrimination against women. It is an appalling phenomenon that occurs all over the world and across all social-economic groups. It includes psychological or sexual violence, rape as a weapon of war, female genital mutilation, femicide, forced marriage and the trafficking of women. Such violence has physical, mental, sexual, and health consequences on women and girls. It also has huge repercussions on the families and the community, and undermines the economic, social and democratic development of societies ...

 

Nigeria - Abducted Schoolgirls Global Week of Action

11 - 18 October 2014

On 14 April 2014, the group Boko Haram abducted 276 schoolgirls in Chibok, Borno State, Nigeria. Six months later and not a single girl has been rescued apart from 57 girls who managed to escape on their own. Fears are growing as to the whereabouts and wellbeing of the 219 girls still missing.

During the Global Week of Action to renew efforts for the immediate rescue of the abducted schoolgirls, the Socialist International Women joins forces with Equality Now, Women's Rights Advancement and Protection Alternative, Echoes of Women in Africa, Women for Justice and Peace, Alliances for Africa and many other women’s organisations around the world in calling on the Government of Nigeria to:

- Take immediate action to locate and rescue the girls and provide them with support services upon their return;

- Prosecute those responsible for the girl’s abduction and exploitation;

- Take steps to protect schools from attacks so that they are safe places to learn and

- Immediately institute, in consultation with women’s rights organisations, measures to protect the safety and human rights of women and girls throughout Nigeria, which are further endangered by the volatile political situation in the conflict areas.

 

Video: Interview of SIW President Ouafa Hajji (in French)

26 August 2014

Click on the link below to see a short interview of Ouafa Hajji, President of the Socialist International Women, in which she highlights the current situation of women in relation to violence, terrorism and extremism.

 

Barbara Prammer

11 January 1954 - 02 August 2014

Gabriele Proft

It is with great sadness that we inform you that Barbara Prammer, former Vice-President of the Socialist International Women (SIW) from Austria passed away on 02 August 2014.

Barbara Prammer was a member of the Social Democratic Party of Austria and served as an SIW Vice-President from 2005 to 2012. She also served as President of the National Council of Austria from 2006 to 2014 and as its Vice-President from 2004 to 2006. Barbara was also the Federal Minister for Women Affairs and Consumer Protection for Austria from 1997 to 2000.

Barbara was an inspiration to all women all over the world. As a former Vice-President of SIW, we had the privilege to work with Barbara and witness her passion, dedication and solidarity to the causes of women. Barbara was also an outstanding political leader. She dedicated her life to the people of her country and to working for democracy, freedom and equality for all.

We take this opportunity to send our wholehearted condolences to Barbara Prammer’s family, to everyone at the Social Democratic Party of Austria (SPÖ) and to the Austrian people who have lost a champion of women’s rights and an outstanding political leader.

 

Nigeria Declaration

14 May 2014

The Socialist International Women (SIW), at the forefront of women's rights around the world:

• Denounces the abduction of 276 schoolgirls in north-east Nigeria by the Boko Haram group on 14 April 2014;

• Condemns in the strongest terms this cowardly and barbaric act, which once again demonstrates the need for a sustained and relentless campaign on ending violence against women and girls;

• Request the competent authorities to make every effort to rescue the girls and to safeguard their return to their families, as well as to ensure that they are out of harm from terrorist groups and to deliver universal and equitable access to education in Nigeria;

• Welcomes the global awareness of the seriousness of such an act through the campaign: ‘#BringBackOurGirls’, which ties in with the Socialist International Women campaign on ‘Ending Violence against Women and Girls’ launched in Luanda, Angola, on 10 April 2014.

 

 

News

Event: Beijing+20 - The Vision of the Socialist International Women

13 March 2015

59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), United Nations, New York, from 09 to 20 March 2015.

Panel discussion hosted by the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Angola to the United Nations and the Socialist International Women

Event: Beijing+20 - Gender Equality a Reality, Not a Dream

12 March 2015

59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), United Nations, New York, from 09 to 20 March 2015.

Panel discussion hosted by the Socialist International Women

Statement on International Women's Day

08 March 2015

The Socialist International Women (SIW) strongly supports International Women’s Day (IWD) and the essential core principles it represents of upholding women’s rights, promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls...

Statement on the killing of activist Shaimaa el Sabbagh

24 January 2015

Shaimaa el Sabbagh was shot dead on 24 January 2015 allegedly by the Egyptian Police as she was on her way to lay flowers at the memorial of those killed during the Egyptian uprising on 25 January 2011, in Talat Harb Square, Cairo....

Statement on International Migrants Day

18 December 2014

Over 214 million human beings have migrated from their homeland to another country. Many experienced distressing, physically demanding and extremely dangerous journeys...

Council Meeting

Geneva, Switzerland, 15 and 16 December 2014

Beijing+20 - The Vision of the Socialist International Women and Women in Politics - The New Challenges

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

25 November 2014

On the occasion of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, I would like to invite you to join the Socialist International Women (SIW) and take action to end violence against women...

Nigeria - Abducted Schoolgirls Global Week of Action

11 - 18 October 2014

The Socialist International Women joins forces with other women’s organisations around the world in calling on the Government of Nigeria to renew efforts for the immediate rescue of the abducted schoolgirls...

Video: Short interview of SIW President Ouafa Hajji (in French)

26 August 2014

Short interview of Ouafa Hajji, President of the Socialist International Women, in which she highlights the current situation of women in relation to violence, terrorism and extremism...

Barbara Prammer

11 January 1954 - 02 August 2014

It is with great sadness that we inform you that Barbara Prammer, former Vice-President of the Socialist International Women (SIW) from Austria passed away on 02 August 2014...

Council Meeting

Mexico City, Mexico, 26 and 27 June 2014

Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action - 20 Years Later

Nigeria Declaration

14 May 2014

The Socilaist International Women presents a Declaration on the abduction of 276 schoolgirls in Nigeria

Regional Meeting

Luanda, Angola, 11 and 12 April 2014

The Millennium Development Goals: The Vision of the Socialist International Women for the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Publications

The First Hundred Years

A Short History of Socialist International Women

By Irmtraut Karlsson

This book tells the history of the first one hundred years of the Socialist International Women

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