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Declaration on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

25 November 2018

The Socialist International Women (SIW) honours the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and reaffirms its support of the fight to protect the human rights and dignity of women and girls worldwide...

 

Women on the Move - Gender Perspective of Migration Flows and Geopolitical Responses

Brussels, Belgium, 25 and 26 Octubre 2018

Event organised by Socialist International Women (SIW), PES Women, Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) and IEV

 

Nobel Peace Prize 2018

05 Octubre 2018

The Socialist International Women (SIW) would like to warmly congratulate the Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege and Yazidi campaigner Nadia Murad on winning the 2018 Nobel peace prize for their work on combating sexual violence.

Doctor Mukwege is a gynaecologist who has treated thousands of rape victims in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Ms Murad, an Iraqi Yazidi, is a survivor of sexual slavery by Isis in Iraq.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee said: “They have both put their own personal security at risk by courageously combatting war crimes and securing justice for victims” and they had both “helped to give greater visibility to war-time sexual violence”.

Rape and sexual violence against women and girls has been used as a weapon of war to destroy families and communities, ethnic populations, and to accomplish genocide. It is a subject that is mostly overlooked, rarely mentioned in the media. Awarding Dr Mukwege and Ms Murad helps raise awareness of the widespread war crimes of sexual violence that continue to this very day and will continue to happen until the perpetrators are truly accountable and prosecuted.

In 2008 the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 1820 (2008), which determined that the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict constitutes both a war crime and a threat to international peace and security.

SIW has discussed this topic at many of its events over the years and has encouraged its members to pass laws/policies in their respective countries to help protect victims of sexual violence in wars.

We truly welcome this year’s prize and once again, congratulate Dr Mukwege and Ms Murad on receiving this important and prestigious award. SIW wishes you both continued success. Your work and achievements are an inspiration to us all.

 

Obituary - Maria Jonas

01 February 1940 - 25 September 2018

Gabriele Proft

We were deeply saddened to hear today that our comrade and friend Maria Jonas, former Secretary General of Socialist International Women, has died at the age of 78 years. Jonas started her political career in the international secretariat of the SPÖ.

Later she was Secretary General of the Socialist International Women for ten years until 1995, and then board member of INSTRAW, a United Nations women's research and training institution.

From 1997 to 2000 she also participated as an expert in the Austrian delegation to the United Nations Women's Status Committee.

She was an international pioneer in peace and women’s politics always putting women’s issues at the centre of her work. She worked for women all her life and was a well-respected Politician in Austria and internationally as well as a role model for many women and men.

Not only the Socialist International Women and the Social Democratic Women, but the women's movement as a whole have lost a companion and an important support today.

You will be sorely missed, Maria.

 

Council Meeting

Geneva, Switzerland, 28 and 29 June 2018

For a World 50-50 in 2030 – The Great Challenges

 

Socialist International Women denounces brutal attacks on Palestinian demonstrators

17 May 2018

The Socialist International Women strongly denounces the use of lethal fire by Israeli military forces against Palestinian demonstrators in Gaza on Sunday 14 May 2018. Thousands have been reported wounded and 62 protestors have been confirmed dead including eight children under the age of 16 and an eight month old baby. This brutal violence is the most recent shocking event during the last six weeks of protests and the worst Israeli attack on unarmed Palestinian civilians in Gaza since 2014...

 

Connecting Rural Women – E-Development and Rural Women's Empowerment

62nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), United Nations, New York, from 12 to 23 March 2018

Side Event hosted by the Permanent Mission of Mongolia to the UN; the Mongolian People’s Party; Socialist International Women(SIW) and PES Women

Date: Friday 16 March 2018

Place: Conference Room 1, United Nations Headquarters, New York

Time: 18.30hrs - 19.45hrs

 

Empowering Rural Women: Granting Universal Rights to Sexual and Reproductive Health Services

62nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), United Nations, New York, from 12 to 23 March 2018

Parallel Event hosted by the Socialist International Women (SIW), PES Women and Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS)

Date: Thursday 15 March 2018

Place: 4W43 Building, 4 West 43rd Street, NY 10036, New York

Time: 12.30hrs - 13.45hrs

 

Declaration on International Women's Day

08 March 2018

In solidarity and recognition of the immense societal, economic and political achievements of women and girls worldwide Socialist International Women is proud to support International Women’s Day (IWD) 2018. IWD celebrates the collective determination, bravery and actions of millions of women who continue to strive and push for radical progress on gender equality issues. It is a day to warmly applaud our successes and ensure that the specific needs and human rights of women and girls continue to be highlighted and solutions implemented at local, national and global levels...

 

Socialist International Declaration on International Women's Day

08 March 2018

The Socialist International today celebrates International Women's Day, in recognition of the continuing struggle for women's rights around the world. International Women's Day is of particular significance for the SI, as it was first marked as a result of a resolution of the Second International Conference of Socialist Women on the occasion of the 1910 Copenhagen International Socialist Congress...

 

Statement on Unilateral Decision by the United States of America to Recognise Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel

07 December 2017

The Socialist International Women (SIW) disapproves the decision of President Trump to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and relocate the US embassy there from Tel Aviv. This decision threatens to escalate tensions in the Middle East and around the world and has the potential to destroy all efforts to bring peace between Israel and Palestine...

 

Council Meeting

Barcelona, Spain, 21 and 22 November 2017

Democracy in Crisis, Populism on the Rise - Where do Women's Rights fit in?

 

 

News

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

25 November 2018

The Socialist International Women (SIW) honours the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women...

Women on the Move - Gender Perspective of Migration Flows and Geopolitical Responses

25 and 26 October 2018

Event organised by Socialist International Women (SIW), PES Women, Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) and IEV

Nobel Peace Prize 2018

05 October 2018

The Socialist International Women (SIW) would like to warmly congratulate the Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege and Yazidi campaigner Nadia Murad on winning the 2018 Nobel peace prize for their work on combating sexual violence...

Obituary - Maria Jonas

01 February 1940 - 25 September 2018

We were deeply saddened to hear today that our comrade and friend Maria Jonas, former Secretary General of Socialist International Women, has died at the age of 78 years...

Coucil Meeting

Geneva, Switzerland, 28 and 29 June 2018

For a World 50-50 in 2030 – The Great Challenges

Socialist International Women denounces brutal attacks on Palestinian demonstrators

17 May 2018

The Socialist International Women strongly denounces the use of lethal fire by Israeli military forces against Palestinian demonstrators in Gaza on Sunday 14 May 2018...

Connecting Rural Women – E-Development and Rural Women's Empowerment

16 March 2018

62nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), United Nations, New York, from 12 to 23 March 2018

Side Event hosted by the Permanent Mission of Mongolia to the UN; the Mongolian People’s Party; Socialist International Women(SIW) and PES Women

Empowering Rural Women: Granting Universal Rights to Sexual and Reproductive Health Services

15 March 2018

62nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), United Nations, New York, from 12 to 23 March 2018

Parallel Event hosted by the Socialist International Women (SIW), PES Women and Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS)

International Women's Day Declaration

08 March 2018

In solidarity and recognition of the immense societal, economic and political achievements of women and girls worldwide Socialist International Women is proud to support International Women’s Day (IWD) 2018...

Statement on Unilateral Decision by the United States of America to Recognise Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel

07 December 2017

The Socialist International Women (SIW) disapproves the decision of President Trump to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and relocate the US embassy there from Tel Aviv...

Council Meeting

Barcelona, Spain, 21 and 22 November 2017

Democracy in Crisis, Populism on the Rise - Where do Women's Rights fit in?

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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