Egypt: Closure of the office Nazra for Feminist Studies

Brussels, 20 March 2018 (Information from EuroMed Right’s Press Release) 

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EuroMed Rights is grieved by the closure of the office of Nazra for Feminist Studies, announced by the organisation on Friday 16 March 2018. The closure is a direct consequence of the freezing of the assets of the organisation and its founder and executive director Mozn Hassan, 14 months ago, as part of case 173, also known as the NGO foreign funding case. Although Nazra will continue its activities and services through its volunteers, the inability to maintain an office is concerning, as it represents a serious blow to the feminist movement in Egypt and the presence of a safe public sphere for women, in which they can politically participate in an environment free of violence and discrimination.

EuroMed Rights’ President, Michel Tubiana, declares:

“It is a dark time for civil society organisations and women’s rightsin Egypt. The closure of the office of Nazra for Feminist Studies is yet another illustration of the way civil society is being stifled in Egypt. The Egyptian government is systematically shrinking the space for independent voices. Our organisation is very worried by this crackdown as it may result in the complete eradication of the human rights community in Egypt.

The international community needs to react!

Curtailing freedom of association as a way to punish other peaceful political voices is in complete violation of Egypt’s international commitments. Nazra’s closure is also a deep concern for all women in Egypt. Although continued by its volunteers, the work of the organisation providing support to gender equality, survivors of gender-based violence and discrimination as well as women’s presence in the public sphere will be weakened by the closure of its office.”

EuroMed Rights addresses its solidarity to all Nazra’s volunteers, who will continue working to promote women’s rights in Egypt. We call on the international community to strengthen its support towards independent civil society organisations, including those defending and promoting women’s rights in Egypt. In particular, the European Union and the member states must take into account in their bilateral relations with Egypt those practices that systematically violate the most fundamental democratic norms and prevent the existence of an independent civil society. Mozn Hassan’s case needs to be urgently addressed with Egyptian authorities. The harassment and intimidation of human rights and women’s rights defenders, including through arbitrary arrests, interrogations, travel bans and asset freeze need to stop immediately.

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Rättvisa för Marielle Franco

Här delar vi kampanjen som redan finns på nätet!

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Denna gång var det feministen, hbtq‐aktivisten, vänsterpolitikern och kanske framför allt de svarta kvinnornas röst, Marielle Franco. Hon avrättades på väg från ett politiskt möte om det eskalerande våldet i Brasilien. I synnerhet polisens och militärernas dödliga våld i Rio de Janeiro, riktat mot de fattiga, mot arbetarklassen, mot afrobrasilianer, är vad Marielle Franco påtalade. Hon sköts med nio skott genom en bilruta, en vecka efter internationella kvinnodagen. 

Sedan landets första folkvalda kvinnliga president avsattes av en kupp har statlig förföljelse på människorätts‐ och jordrättsaktivister eskalerat i landet. I och med gårdagens avrättning, på öppen gata, med tydligt politiskt motiv, tog repressionen och den antidemokratiska utvecklingen ännu ett steg i fel riktning! 

Vi som undertecknar det här uppropet kräver att den svenska regeringen fördömer mordet på Marielle Franco och sluta agera som om Brasilien var en demokrati. Förföljelse och mord på människorätts‐ och jordrättsaktivisterna i Brasilien visar att landet inte längre kan betraktas som en demokrati, där kvinnornas, demokratiska aktivister och i synnerhet mänskliga rättigheter respekteras. Dessa kränks dagligen.

En feministisk utrikespolitik bör handla om annat än att sälja vapen! En feministisk utrikespolitik bör inte vara tyst när demokratiska aktivister och regimkritiska politiker avrättas på öppen gata. Vi ser en utveckling i Brasilien som inom flera områden inte är förenlig med demokrati och de mänskliga rättigheter som brasilianska folket förtjänar, med den historia de nyss lämnat bakom sig av militärdiktatur. 

Vidare kräver vi från brasilianska myndigheterna rättvisa för Marielle Franco och de andra människorättsaktivisterna som mördats i landet sedan Michel Temer genom en kupp kom till makten. 

Aktivisterna, regimkritiska folkvalda och demokratiska krafter i Brasilien behöver internationell solidaritet i detta nu. Om vi inte kraftfullt reagerar och agerar mot antidemokratiskt, misogynt, homofobiskt och rasistiskt våld, var det än uppstår, riskerar vi att fler regimkritiska röster går samma öde till mötes. 

Somos todas Marielle!
We are all Marielle!
Vi är alla Marielle! 

Skriv under och sprid uppropet! 

Klicka här för att läsa kampanjen i deras hemsida

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Justice for Marielle Franco (eng)

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Marielle Franco was a councillor of the city of Rio de Janeiro, member of PSOL ((Partido Socialismo y Libertad), elected by more than 45 000 votes. She was extremely engaged with the needs and demands of the people living in the favelas, with black women and reproductive rights and LGBT.

Hers was a voice of protests against the tragic effect of the war against drugs in Rio de Janeiro and against state agents’ violence. She was a member of the Tripartite commission that surveys  military intervention in the state public security system that started in February 2018, in the Rio de Janeiro state. On March 10 she denounced  publicly the incursions of  the 41 unit of the military police in the Acari community that was responsible for the death of two young men. The political assassination of Marielle is a message to all the persons and organisations engaged in the defense of Human Rights, in particular to black women activists.The message is also a warning against the already fragile democratic institutions in Brazil. This crime should not be left without punishment, many international organisations have already showed their indignation. If you want to show your indignation and solidarity try to press the Brazilian government to carry out an affective and quick investigation of this crime. See below the addresses:

Gabinete Personal de la Presidencia

casacivil@presidencia.gov.br

agendainternasg@presidencia.gov.br

gabinetepessoal@presidencia.gov.br

 

Ministerio de la Justicia

chefiadegabinete@mj.gov.br

agenda.ministro@mj.gov.br

 

Ministerio de la Seguridad Pública

gab.mesp@mj.gov.br

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Justicia para Marielle Franco (esp)

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La sociedad civil brasilera, en particular los movimientos negro y feminista, así como defensores de los Derechos Humanos, ya expresaron indignación y repudio sobre el asesinato político de Marielle Franco y su conductor Anderson Gomes el miércoles pasado, 14 de marzo. Marielle era una Concejal de la ciudad de Rio de Janeiro. Como miembro del PSOL (Partido Socialismo y Libertad), ella fue elegida por más de cuarenta y cinco mil votos y hice de su mandato una plataforma de comprometimiento con las aspiraciones y necesidades de las personas que viven en las favelas, de las mujeres negras y de los derechos reproductivos y LGBT.

Ella también era una voz que denunciaba sistemáticamente los efectos trágicos de la larga guerra contra las drogas, que fue instalada en la ciudad de Rio de Janeiro hace muchos años, y también de las violencias perpetradas por agentes estatales. Era un miembro de la Comisión Tripartita que vigila la intervención militar en el sistema público de seguridad en el Estado de Rio de Janeiro, promulgada en febrero de 2018. El 10 de marzo, ella denunció públicamente las incursiones abusivas de la 41ª Comisaría de la Policía Militar en la comunidad de Acari que asesinó a dos hombres jóvenes. Este asesinato político deliberado es un mensaje a todas las personas y organizaciones comprometidas con los Derechos Humanos, en particular a las activistas negras. El mensaje también desafía los aparatos ya frágiles de las instituciones democráticas de Brasil. Ese crimen no puede caer en las brechas de la impunidad.

Muchas organizaciones internacionales ya expresaron indignación y repudio a ese crimen abominable. Suma tu voz para que conduzca una investigación rápida y efectiva sobre los asesinatos de Marielle y Anderson — le sugerimos que sus declaraciones sean enviadas a:

Gabinete Personal de la Presidencia

casacivil@presidencia.gov.br

agendainternasg@presidencia.gov.br

gabinetepessoal@presidencia.gov.br

 

Ministerio de la Justicia

chefiadegabinete@mj.gov.br

agenda.ministro@mj.gov.br

 

Ministerio de la Seguridad Pública

gab.mesp@mj.gov.br

 

Ministerio de los Derechos Humanos

gustavo.rocha@presidencia.gov.br

chefia.gabinetedoministro@mdh.gov.br

 

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Firma aquí la petición de justicia por Marielle Franco en Suecia

European Parliament adopted resolution Gender in EU Trade Agreements

The European Parliament accepted today with great majority the draft motion: “Gender in EU Trade Agreements”. The motion was accepted by 512 MEPS, 107 were against, and there were 68 abstentions. WIDE+ has been a strong supporter for this resolutions and was thanked yesterday in the plenary of the European Parliament by Malin Björk, one of the shadow rapporteurs of the motion, for our contributions to the work of the shadow rapporteurs and their team (see also the video stream).

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Malin BJÖRK, member of the GUE/NGL political group, the FEMM committee, and one of the two shadow rapporteurs stated in the press briefing: “To have this feminist initiative included in EU trade agreements is a big success for women in the EU and outside the EU. We have now a very clear message of the European Parliament to the European Commission that gender should be included in EU trade agreements”.

Eleonora FORENZA, the other shadow rapporteur, member of the GUE/NGL political grouping and part of the INTA committee stressed that she and other colleagues have been working since 2014 to gender mainstream trade policy: ”This report signals a change in our trade policy, in which we now will move past previous principles of what has defined EU trade policy”.

The negotiations in the European Parliament were tricky at times, but in the end there was a large majority in favor of this motion. It sets out that in future trade agreements there will be a gender equality chapter, women’s rights will be included and the economic independence of women will be supported.

There is still no agreement on making the commitments to women’s human rights (and other rights) binding in trade agreements. BJÖRK: “there is this argument voiced that binding regulations for example to protect women’s rights are harmful to our competitiveness; however, no one else will tackle this for us, when it comes to women’s rights, labour rights and environmental, we have to ensure the standards. The fight to make these commitments binding is now ahead of us”.

Civil society development and gender in Afghanistan 15/3-2018

Civil society development and gender in Afghanistan

A lecture by Sippi Azarbaijani-Moghaddam

When: 15 March 2018, at 18.00-19.30

Where: Room 219, Annedalsseminariet, School of Global Studies

Sippi Azarbaijani-Moghaddam is a social scientist, consultant and gender expert who has spent more than 20 years in conflict and post-conflict settings, working with governments, local leaders, civil society and communities. With a professional engagement in Afghanistan since 1995, she has devoted a lot of her work to defend Afghan women’s rights and has published widely on issues of gender, social differences and community development.

We are happy to welcome you to an open lecture with Sippi Azarbaijani-Moghaddam in which she will talk about civil society development and gender issues in Afghanistan.

Organized by: School of Global Studies and Swedish Committee for Afghanistan

ERASMUS projekt

GADIP samarbetar i ett projekt ”The Europe we want” och som stöds av EU via ett anslag från ERASMUS. Projektets partners är Österrike (Projektledning) Belgien, Spanien och Sverige.

Vill du och din förening bidra med era erfarenheter i en workshop om ert arbete med kvinnliga flyktingar och migranters möte med det svenska samhället?

Vårt mål är att synliggöra ett könsperspektiv på flyktingars/migranters uppfattningar om och erfarenheter av möte med det svenska samhället.

Vi tror att den förening som du är verksam i kan bidra med viktig information om hur ni arbetar kring dessa frågor. Vi kommer att ha en workshop den 29 maj 2018 där kvinnors situation diskuteras.

Workshopen är tänkt som en uppföljning av en internationell konferens som vi anordnade i oktober 2016 och 2017 på temat Gender, refugees and security – könsperspektiv på flyktingar och säkerhet och hälsa under och efter flykten. Workshopen ingår i ett internationellt projektmed där föreningar i Belgien, Österrike, Spanien och Sverige anordnar liknande workshops. Tanken är att personer/föreningar som arbetar med olika teman – hälsa, diskriminering, försörjning. Deltagare i workshops skall vara kvinnor som har en migrations bakgrund både som deltagare i förening och experter och som har en anknytning till vuxenutbildning och rådgivning.

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