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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.
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 ...
Geneva, Switzerland, 15 and 16 December 2014
Beijing+20 - The Vision of the Socialist International Women and Women in Politics - The New Challenges
- Resolution: Beijing+20 - The Vision of the Socialist International Women
- Resolution: Women in Politics - The New Challenges
- List of Participants
- Photo Gallery
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.
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.
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.
Mexico City, Mexico, 26 and 27 June 2014
Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action - 20 Years Later
- Resolution - Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action - 20 Years Later
- Resolution - The End of Violence against Women
- List of Participants
- Photo Gallery
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.
Luanda, Angola, 10 and 12 April 2014
The Millennium Development Goals: The Vision of the Socialist International Women for the Post-2015 Development Agenda
- Declaration - The Millennium Development Goals: The Vision of the Socialist International Women for the Post-2015 Development Agenda
- Declaration - Civil Society Organisations
- Message from Socialist International President George Papandreou (in French)
- List of Participants
- Picture Gallery
58th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), United Nations, New York, from 10 to 21 March 2014
Panel discussion hosted by the Permanent Mission of Mexico to the United Nations and the Socialist International Women
Date: Friday 14 March 2014
Place: Dag Hammarskjöld Auditorium, United Nations Headquarters, New York
Time: 16.45hrs - 18.00hrs
• Jorge Montaño, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Mexico to the United Nations
• Ouafa Hajji , President of the Socialist International Women, SIW, Morocco
• Diva Gastélum Bajo, SIW Vice-President; President of the National Women’s Organisation, ONMPRI, of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, PRI, Mexico
• Enkhjargal Danzanbaljir, SIW Vice-President; Mongolian Women’s Organisation, of the Mongolian People’s Party, MPP, Mongolia
• Pia Locatelli, SIW Honorary President; Member of Parliament, Italian Socialist Party, PSI, Italy
• Michèle Sabban, President of the R20 Regions of Climate Action, France
- SIW President Ouafa Hajji's Speech to the Parallel Event (in French)
- Paper: SIW Vision for the Post-2015 Development Agenda
- Picture Gallery