Gender is central to any discussion regarding the causes and consequences for African migration, whether forced, voluntary or somewhere in between. The roles, the expectations and the power dynamics associated with being a woman, man, girl or boy of African descent, and whether one identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or intersex (LGBTQI), affect all aspects of survival and security.

Multi-Discrimination faced by Black WLGBTQI* functions selectively in Germany. Not only does it isolate and exclude them from public discourse, but it also tries to confine them to a subordinate, feminized, sexualized and racialized position. Thus, their specific experiences, realities, vulnerabilities, and needs remain unattended during their plight while demanding asylum in Germany.

The German asylum system is patriarchal in that it neither offers protection on the grounds of gendered reasons of plight such as sexualized violence nor discrimination based on one’s gender or sexual identity. For example, asylum is more likely to be granted on the grounds of political persecution related to anti-government activism (more likely to be men), than on the grounds of sexual violence by non-state agents (more likely to be women).

In this event, we will center the struggle of WLGBTIQ* for intersectional justice. This is a space for Black feminist exchange and self organisation. We will start with a reading from the book IN OUR OWN WORDS / WE EXIST, WE ARE HERE published by International Women’s Space, a Berlin-based feminist political group of migrant and refugee women, and female allies, who are active in the plight against racism, sexism and other intersecting power structures.

> Input: Gender Breaking Borders.
The demand the right to be granted asylum on gender-based grounds by Jennifer KamauDiscussions:

> How can self-determined spaces and structures be created beyond externally determined interventions in order to collectively expose discrimination and tackle issues concerning Black WLGBTIQ* Refugees and Migrants in their communities?

> I hear you asking yourself: What can I do? Resilience, Resistances, Empowerment, Weaving Networks as Political Strategies.

> Podium: Napuli Paul Respico Lojanamoi and Jennifer Kamau
Moderation: Muna Aikins

WHERE: Centre Francais de Berlin, Müllerstaße 74, 13349 Berlin

WHEN: Saturday 1st December, 19:00 – 21:30

Mandatory registration is requested under buero@africavenir.org or Tel: 0176 24997586

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An event of Africavenir International e.V. funded by Engagement Global with financial Assistance of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and Stiftung:Do.

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