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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, 22 and 23 April 2016

Women and Asia - Promoting Gender Equality

 

Declaration on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

25 November 2015

Violence against women is a global issue of urgent concern, affecting women and girls of all ages, in all countries worldwide. Today, one in three women worldwide experience physical or sexual violence, and of the 4.5 million people forced into sexual exploitation 98% of them are women and girls. Women remain vulnerable to violence in their homes, at work, in the streets of their own neighbourhoods, and are frequently specifically targeted for sexual and physical violence during war and conflict...

 

Council Meeting

Luanda, Angola, 24 and 25 November 2015

Global Agenda 2030: Women, Peace and Sustainable Development

 

Anne-Marie Lizin

05 January 1949 – 17 October 2015

It is with great sadness that we inform you that Anne-Marie Lizin, former President of the Socialist International Women (SIW) passed away on 17 October 2015 at the age of 66.

Anne-Marie Lizin was a Belgium politician who served as SIW President from 1993 to 1997. She served as President of the Belgium Senate from 2004 to 2007 and was a Member of the European Parliament from 1979 to 1988.

Anne-Marie Lizin was passionate about human rights and dedicated her life to tackling human rights issues and in particular, the human rights of women and girls. She also worked tirelessly on eradicating human trafficking. She was a member of the Board of Directors of the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC) and in 2008 she created the HOCRINT organisation – an international network working to end honour crimes and forced marriages. She was also actively involved in the End Human Trafficking Now (EHTN) organisation.

In 2006 Lizin became Vice-President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and it was here that she worked on the closure of the Guantánamo detention camp.

During her time in politics, Lizin also released over 30 publications including ‘Women of Europe and the Third World, What Solidarity?’ and ‘Social Democracy Tomorrow’.

 

Regional Meeting

Marseille, France, 02 and 03 October 2015

Women and the Euro-Mediterranean: Migration and Climate Change - Women's Contribution to Living Together

 

Statement on United Nations Sustainable Development Summit

27 September 2015

The Socialist International Women (SIW) confirms its support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the far-reaching and inclusive Global Goals announced at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit held in New York on 25 to 27 September 2015. Agreed by all member states, the new Global Goals are a post-2015 plan of urgent action for humanity, the planet and the prosperity of current and future generations...

 

Newsletter of the Socialist International Women

September 2015

 

Council Meeting

United Nations, New York, 08 and 09 July 2015

SIW's Vision for Beijing+20 – Gender Equality, Democracy and Political Participation in a Global World

 

SIW Congratulates Members in Turkey for Record Increase in Female MPs

08 June 2015

The Socialist International Women (SIW) sincerely congratulates its member parties, the CHP and the HDP, for their exceptional performance in the general elections in Turkey. This was a volatile campaign with a high level of violence shown towards opposition parties. This aggression resulted in two fatalities and over 100 injured in an incendiary attack on June 5 prior to the HDP rally in Diyarbakir and one CHP candidate being injured in an armed assault in Adana.

Despite a challenging election climate SIW notes that the CHP won a 25% share of voters and the HDP successfully exceeded the 10% threshold for entering parliament by winning over 13% of the vote.

SIW warmly applauds its member parties in Turkey for these results and particularly notes the record increase in the number of seats won by women. At the last general election in 2011 there were 79 women delegates in the Grand National Assembly, there are now 96 women delegates. This increase in the number of women who are able to actively participate in the decisions made by the Assembly is concrete evidence that positive, democratic change in the social fabric of Turkey is becoming a reality.

SIW also salutes women of the CHP and the HDP for the important role they played in the election campaigns and for their efforts towards the integration and participation of women in politics.

SIW passionately believes that increasing the participation of women in the high-level decision making processes of nations and communities is an essential foundation to the achievement and safeguarding of true equality for all citizens. SIW continues to support all efforts to progress the achievement of social equality, justice, equal opportunities, freedom and respect for all peoples, be they men, women or children.

 

Socialist International Women Statement Published by the United Nations

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

Statement published on the ocacion of the 59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)

 

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, 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, 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 ...

 

 

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Next Regional Meeting

22 and 23 April 2016

Women and Asia - Promoting Gender Equality

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

25 November 2015

Violence against women is a global issue of urgent concern, affecting women and girls of all ages, in all countries worldwide...

Council Meeting

Luanda, Angola, 24 and 25 November 2015

Global Agenda 2030: Women, Peace and Sustainable Development

Anne-Marie Lizin

05 January 1948 - 17 October 2015

It is with great sadness that we inform you that Anne-Marie Lizin, former President of the Socialist International Women (SIW) passed away on 17 October 2015 at the age of 66...

Regional Meeting

Marseille, France, 02 and 03 October 2015

Women and the Euro-Mediterranean: Migration and Climate Change - Women's Contribution to Living Together

Statement on UN Sustainable Development Summit

27 September 2015

SIW confirms its support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the far-reaching and inclusive Global Goals announced at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit held in New York on 25 to 27 September 2015...

Council Meeting

United Nations, New York, 08 and 09 July 2015

SIW's Vision for Beijing+20 – Gender Equality, Democracy and Political Participation in a Global World

SIW Congratulates Members in Turkey for Record Increase in Female MPs

08 June 2015

The Socialist International Women (SIW) sincerely congratulates its member parties, the CHP and the HDP, for their exceptional performance in the general elections in Turkey...

Socialist International Women Statement Published by the United Nations

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

Statement published on the ocacion of the 59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)

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, 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, 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...

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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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