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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 ...

 

Council Meeting

Geneva, Switzerland, 15 and 16 December 2014

Beijing+20 - The Vision of the Socialist International Women and Women in Politics - The New Challenges

 

Message of SIW President on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

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.

 

Barbara Prammer

11 January 1954 - 02 August 2014

Gabriele Proft

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.

 

Nigeria Declaration

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.

 

Event: Gender Equality and Women’s Rights in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

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

SPEAKERS:

• 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

 

 

News

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...

Council Meeting

Geneva, Switzerland, 15 and 16 December 2014

Beijing+20 - The Vision of the Socialist International Women and Women in Politics - The New Challenges

International Day for the Elimination of Violence 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...

Nigeria - Abducted Schoolgirls Global Week of Action

11 - 18 October 2014

The Socialist International Women joins forces with other women’s organisations around the world in calling on the Government of Nigeria to renew efforts for the immediate rescue of the abducted schoolgirls...

Video: Short interview of SIW President Ouafa Hajji (in French)

26 August 2014

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...

Barbara Prammer

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...

Council Meeting

Mexico City, Mexico, 26 and 27 June 2014

Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action - 20 Years Later

Nigeria Declaration

14 May 2014

The Socilaist International Women presents a Declaration on the abduction of 276 schoolgirls in Nigeria

Regional Meeting

Luanda, Angola, 11 and 12 April 2014

The Millennium Development Goals: The Vision of the Socialist International Women for the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Event: Gender Equality and Women’s Rights in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

14 March 2014

58 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

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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