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Article by Tuula Peltonen, published in the Brussels Morning Online Newspaper on 09 September 2021
In Finland, schools are just beginning their autumn term. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, schools will reopen as normal and thousands of teachers will return to teaching. With COVID-19, we have realised the importance of a good education. Research shows that many children and young people were negatively affected by distance learning. Social networks are not the same as normal education and many people are feeling lonely...
26 August 2021
Following the fall of Afghanistan into the control of Taliban forces, the Socialist International Women stands in firm solidarity with the international community both in condemnation of all forms of violence and oppression in Afghanistan and in firm support of innocent civilians caught up in this distressing situation...
Article by Shazia Marri, published in the Brussels Morning Online Newspaper on 30 July 2021
Throughout history, women have played a pivotal role in shaping the future. Whether it is the freedom struggles in Asia and Africa or the economic uplift of Europe after the Second World War, women have proved — time and again — their resilience in the face of danger and difficulty alike, and their continued commitment to build nations despite any and all hardships. As Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “a woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.”...
Article by Chantal Kambiwa, published in Brussels Morning Online Newspaper on 17 June 2021
Over the years, acknowledgement of the rights of women and girls has become increasingly central to development strategies across the world and in Africa more particularly. Does this represent a recognition of the value of women and girls and a desire to see them flourish?...
Article by Ouafa Hajji, published in Brussels Morning Online Newspaper on 24 May 2021
Women and girls paid a disproportionate price of the economic shutdown during the pandemic, particularly in developing economies — our policies need to prevent this becoming the new norm, argues Ouafa Haji...
30 April 2021
Socialist International Women, SIW, would like to show its support to Sandra Torres, leader of the Unidad Nacional de la Esperanza (UNE) of Guatemala and one of the SI Vice-Presidents. She has spent most of her life promoting politics, programs and laws concerning social development, specially of women, children and people of special needs and was the founder of the National Coordinator of the Women, through which thousands of women have channelled their specific demands...
SIW Council Meeting
30 April 2021
How to reinvent our future after Covid-19
Article by Hilal Dokuzcan, published in Brussels Morning Online Newspaper on 30 March 2021
As Turkey withdraws from the Istanbul convention – to which an AKP government acceded in 2011 – a Turkish politician reflects on the prosecution of women, everywhere. There is no homeland for women, she notes, other than other women...
Statement on Turkey's Withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention
22 March 2021
The Socialist International Women are very sorry to receive the news of Turkey’s decision to withdraw from the Istanbul Convention determined by the President's decree on March 20, 2021. Turkey was one of the first to sign this convention, which aims to prevent and combat violence against women and protect victims, and it is vital for women in Turkey. It had been adopted unanimously by the Turkish parliament ten years ago and it had been a big moment for Turkey’s fight against violence against women.
Withdrawal of the Istanbul Convention means not only taking a step back in combating violence against women, but also going further back in terms of democracy and human rights. It is a wrongful decision that will affect all women and girls. This decision means giving up on promises made to prevent and punish violence and protect victims.
We urgently ask the Government of the Republic of Turkey to reverse their decision and to fully implement the Istanbul Convention to help keep the safety and rights of women and girls.
We declare our solidarity with our sisters who have been struggling on these issues for years and we will continue to support their just struggle. Long life to international women's solidarity.
65th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), United Nations, New York, from 15 to 26 March 2021
Virtual Parallel Event hosted by the Socialist International Women (SIW)
Date: Tuesday 16 March 2021
Place: NGO CSW65 Platform
Time: 14.30hrs - 16.00hrs (GMT)
08 March 2021
Socialist International Women (SIW) warmly applauds this year’s International Women’s Day theme of “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world.” During this global crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic women and girls are demonstrating every single day their incredible courage, strength and leadership in immensely difficult circumstances. Sadly, this catastrophe has highlighted gross gender inequalities that have existed for far too long within our societies and reiterated the urgent need for women’s perspectives and gender specific essential needs to be priority considerations in the emergency and long-term decisions that will be required as we move through this pandemic. It is vital that as our global family continues to respond to this crisis, and as it recovers, the gender-balance of power and leadership, particularly at elite decision-making levels, is urgently re-set to be visibly and meaningfully gender equal and inclusive...
Wishing Peace and Equality for 2021
18 December 2020
COVID-19 and the Impact this is Having on Women and Gender Equality in the Different Regions
25 November 2020
The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is a powerful call to stand in solidarity with all women and girls worldwide who are suffering the distressing mental and physical effects of gender based violence. Sadly, this year the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have made matters even worse...
The Socialist International Women offers its sincere condolences to Turkey and Greece following the devastating earthquake under the Aegean Sea on 30th October 2020 which has severely affected the regions of Izmir, Turkey and the Greek island of Samos. SIW is deeply saddened by this devastating event and shares the immense shock and grief of the tragic loss of life and multiple injuries sustained. SIW sends its heartfelt support to all women, men and children afflicted by this tragedy, including all who are now displaced from their homes and livelihoods, and to all search and rescue workers in the affected regions. In addition, SIW applauds all cooperative efforts to provide emergency relief and aid to all areas impacted by this natural disaster.
The Socialist International Women stands in firm solidarity with all women and girls worldwide during this deeply painful, devastating period of the COVID-19 pandemic...