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Declaration on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

25 November 2022

In these intensely turbulent times the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women creates a powerful focus on the continuing unacceptable levels of physical and mental suffering of women and girls and the urgent need to intensify our responses to the global scourge of gender based violence. In support of this aim, Socialist International Women stands in firm solidarity with all victims of gender based violence and remains strongly committed to its total elimination worldwide…

SIW Council Meeting and XXII Congress

Madrid, Spain, 21 to 23 November 2022

Elimination of Violence against Women – A Global Strategy

SIW Council Meeting

09 and 10 July 2022

Implementing Parity – A way to Peace and Development

Gender Equality – A Way to Generate Actions that Positively Impact Climate Change

66th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), United Nations, New York, from 14 to 25 March 2022

Virtual Parallel Event hosted by the Socialist International Women (SIW)

Date: Tuesday 22 March 2022

Place: NGO CSW66 Platform

Time: 12.00hrs – 13.30hrs (GMT)

International Women’s Day

08 March 2022

The Socialist International Women (SIW) applauds the theme of International Women’s Day 2022 “Equality Today for a Sustainable Future”. Can we indeed ensure a sustainable future for our societies without taking into account the efforts and concerns of women?…

Declaration on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

25 November 2021

This year’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is an opportunity to strongly remind our global community of the unacceptable levels of violence women and girls are suffering every single day, in every region around the world. It is also a day to reiterate that the responsibility for change rests with all of us. Whether…

A Good Education is the Best Guarantee for a Good Life

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…

Declaration on the Situation of Women and Women’s Rights in Afghanistan

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…

Role of Women in Sustainable Peace for Inclusive Development and Economic Security

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.”…

Debt Cancellation: A burden lifted from women

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?…

We must defend progress in gender equality after the COVID-19 pandemic

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…

Our Support to Sandra Torres

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

Women are each other’s homeland

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.