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Update on Abducted Schoolgirls in Nigeria
21 October 2014
The Socialist International Women welcomes the announcement made on Friday 17 October by the Nigerian Government that a truce had been agreed with the group Boko Haram and as a result the group would be releasing the schoolgirls abducted back in April 2014 in the town of Chibok, Borno State, Nigeria.
The president of the Socialist International Women, Ouafa Hajji, has described the news as “optimistic but must be taken with caution. We cannot rejoice until the schoolgirls are freed, safe and back with their loved ones. I therefore take this opportunity to call once again on the Nigerian Government and those involved in the peace negotiations to do all in their power to put the safe release of the girls first”.
The news of the truce is also positive as it could signify an end to the violence in Nigeria and the restoration of peace and security, which is vital for social justice, promotion of education, advancement of gender equality and sustainable development.
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
Michelle Bachelet Wins Presidential Elections in Chile
16 December 2013
We hereby wish to convey our warmest congratulations to Michelle Bachelet on her victory in the presidential elections of Chile.
All of us that are part of the Socialist International Women (SIW) are very proud of her victory and of her inspiring campaign that strengthened the political values of equality, social justice and democracy. With her vision for a more just and equitable future for all, Michelle Bachelet was able to captivate again the Chilean people.
We know how hard she has worked and how hard she will continue to work to realise her vision. We also know her passion for women's issues and we are confident that she will continue to work for the advancement of women's rights in her country.
As always, Michelle Bachelet has our full support and we wish her personally, her future government and Chile all the very best.
18 July 1918 – 05 December 2013
The Socialist International Women (SIW) was deeply saddened by the death of Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president and Nobel Peace Prize winner. We would like to send our wholehearted condolences to Nelson Mandela’s family, to everyone at the African National Congress (ANC) and to the South African people who have lost their ‘father of the nation’.
Nelson Mandela was an inspiration to all generations all over the world. He worked unwaveringly to free his country from racial division and dedicated his life to his people and to the causes of justice, freedom and equality for all.
Mandela also worked ardently to end gender oppression and was a champion of women’s rights. When elected president of South Africa, he appointed over one-third of women to his cabinet, many of those women went on to occupy even higher positions, and today have become role models for many other women politicians all over the world.
Our thoughts are with the ANC and with the South African people in this sad day of the passing of an extraordinary leader and a man of greatness, peace, humility and compassion.
25 November 2013
Ending gender violence is high on the agenda this International Day to End Violence Against Women – now highlighted every 25 of the month in UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign.
One in three women worldwide experience violence in their lifetime, ranging from 15 to 76 percent depending on where they live, with most violence occurring within intimate relationships, inflicted by a husband or partner. And during armed conflict or natural disaster women’s risk of violence increases, for example 21 per cent of female refugees escaping the Syrian civil war to Lebanon reported violence and seven per cent sexual violence...
Istanbul, Turkey, 08 and 09 November 2013
The Millennium Development Goals and Post-2015 Development Agenda
- Resolution: The Millennium Development Goals and Post-2015 Development Agenda
- Resolution: Women and the Arab Spring
- List of Participants