Climate Crisis and Flight – Using the Kenyan Flower Industry and Deforestation in African Countries as Examples

Saturday, September 11th, 11.00-12.30, Park Platz

Input – Women in Exile

Companies from the global north still exploit ecosystems and Black, Indigenous and People of Colour. They do this by different means, such as land- & water grabbing which is contributing to the destruction and change of eco-systems, labour and resources exploitation as factors contributing to climate changes and affecting peoples lives, leading to migration and flight. This workshop addresses concrete examples from the Kenya flower industry and tropical deforestation in African countries and the role of multinational companies.

The consequences of this exploitation are environmental destruction, diseases, depletion of resources and a violation of human rights. Discrimination, racism and inequality is an essential focus for Anti-racism activitists from the global north in order to fight the gap between the privileges enjoyed on the global north and the exploitation of the global south. 

About Women in Exile

Women in Exile is an initiative founded in Brandenburg in 2002 by refugee women to fight for their rights. We decided to organize as a refugee women’s group because we have made the experience that refugee women are doubly discriminated against, not only by racist laws and discriminative refugee laws in general but also as women. The struggle against these laws is usually supported by mixed-sex refugee self-organizations and in our experience, these are often dominated by men who consider other issues as more important. Women in Exile e.V. was founded in Potsdam in 2011 and is recognized as a non-profit association. ‘Women in Exile & Friends’ was formed in 2011 by Women in Exile & activists in solidarity without refugee background. Together, we conduct the campaign titled “No Lager for Women! Abolish all Lagers!”

Our fundamental political goal is the utopia of a just society without exclusion and discrimination, with equal rights for all, irrespective of where they come from and where they go to. In concrete policy terms we focus on the abolition of all laws discriminatory to asylum seekers and migrants and on the interconnections of racism and sexism. We perceive ourselves as a feminist organisation and are one of the few links between the women’s movement and the refugees’ movement.
In our group we experience that women can relate to each other, regardless of all differences like age, origin, religion, status, sexual orientation or other factors, and can make an impact together. Together we develop strategies to achieve political change and take our protest against the inhumane living conditions of refugee women to the public.