“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.”