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Wishing Peace and Equality for 2020
25 November 2019
International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is a powerful reminder that our global society remains plagued by violence against women and girls. Violence towards women is learned, perpetuated and enforced within our own communities and societies. It is therefore vital that both women and men work together to challenge and change oppressive and degrading attitudes and behaviours to create societies which honour and respect women...
Niamey, Niger, 28 to 30 October 2019
Women's Participation in Decision-Making Processes - the challenges for a 50/50 World
Gender Equality and Sustainable Development: How to Empower Women and Girls to have Access to Public Services
63rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), United Nations, New York, from 11 to 22 March 2019
Side Event hosted by the Socialist International Women (SIW) and the Pablo Iglesias Foundation
Date: Monday 11 March 2019
Place: Conference Room 11, United Nations Headquarters, New York
Time: 15.00hrs - 16.15hrs
08 March 2019
International Women’s Day (IWD) is an opportunity to honour and celebrate all women and girls around the world for their invaluable contribution to their families and communities. The Socialist International Women (SIW) warmly supports this year’s IWD theme “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change” in recognition that fresh perspectives and inventive approaches are needed in our continuing struggle for gender equality...
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 25 and 26 January 2019
Social Protection Systems, Access to Public Services and Sustainable Infrastructure for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and Girls
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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.
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. 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.