IN OUR OWN WORDS

Refugee Women in Germany tell their stories

IN OUR OWN WORDS documents the lives and stories of brave women who have fought difficult realities. The book contains texts by and about women and includes testimonials of refugee women in Germany. We approached the project in the Latin American tradition of testimonial literature – looking to amplify the voices of communities that, all too often, go unheard. We are sure it will inspire us all in the struggle for emancipation.

ORDER A BOOK

Thank you for your interest in our work. The book can be ordered free of charge. But please bare in mind that we are dependent on donations to support our work. We would be glad to receive a donation, you chose how much.

Vielen Dank für Dein Interesse an unserer Arbeit. Das Buch kann kostenfrei bestellt werden. Für unsere Arbeit sind wir aber auf Spenden angewiesen und würden uns über eine Spende freuen, Beitrag nach Selbstermessen.

ORDERING

We are not able to cover postage & packaging costs – so ask that you transfer money to cover this. After you have transferred the right amount (postage & packaging costs and, if you choose, a donation) to the bank account below, please fill out the form below with your information and we will send you the book.

BESTELLUNG

Für die Versandkosten können wir leider nicht aufkommen. Nachdem du passendes Geld (Versandkosten & ggf. eine Spende) an untenstehendem Konto überwiesen hast, füll bitte das Formular unten mit Deiner Info aus und wir schicken Dir das Buch zu.

 

Postage & packaging / Versandkosten:

x1 = 3€ | x2 = 5€

 

Bank Details / Bank Verbindung: 

International Women* Space
Bank: Berliner Sparkasse
IBAN: DE50 1005 0000 0190 6589 59
BIC: BELADEBEXXX

Reference (without Donation)/ Verwendungszweck (ohne Spende): Versandkosten
Reference (with Donation)/ Verwendungszweck (mit Spende): Versandkosten und Spende

COLLECTION

Every Monday & Wednesday, 15:00 – 18:00

If you can not make these times, and would like to collect a book at another time, please write this in the form below.

ABHOLUNG

Jeden Montag & Mittwoch, 15:00 – 18:00

Schreib bitte ins Formular, wenn Du zu den angegebenen Zeiten nicht kannst und möchtest zu einem anderen Zeitpunkt ein Buch abholen.

 

Address / Adresse: 

IWS, Manteuffelstr. 63, 10999 Berlin (Basement / Souterrain)

Your Name - Deine Name

Your Email - Deine Email

Address for delivery or "collect" - Lieferadresse oder "Abholung"

WE EXIST, WE ARE HERE - UNS GIBT ES, WIR SIND HIER (2018)

How many copies do you want? - Wie viele Exemplare willst du?

IN OUR OWN WORDS - IN UNSEREN EIGENEN WORTEN (2015)

How many copies do you want? - Wie viele Exemplare willst du?

Have you made your contribution? - Hast Du Deinen Beitrag schon bezahlt?

Comment - Kommentar

DIGITAL VERSION

Press Release | 2015

Berlin, 25th November 2015 – In 2013 we, the activists from International Womenspace (IWS), set ourselves the task of documenting the lives and stories of refugee women in Germany. We approached the project in the Latin American tradition of testimonial literature – looking to amplify the voice of the voiceless.

“In contrast to conventional writing about the colonial situation, which is produced at the centers of global power and near the apices of class difference, testimonial literature is produced by subaltern peoples on the periphery or the margin of the colonial situation. Thus the margins of empire are now „writing back“ in an overdue attempt to correct the Western canon and its versions of „truth“. Testimonial literature has been defined by George Yuidice as an authentic narrative, told by a witness who is moved to narrate by the urgency of a situation (e.g., war, oppression, revolution, etc.).” – Voices for the Voiceless

Two years on, after many stories being exchanged and many women working collectively on this project, IWS is pleased to announce the launch of IN OUR OWN WORDS. The book contains texts by and about women and includes 10 testimonials of refugee women in Germany: women who could have migrated, but wouldn’t have been given a visa. Women who became refugees in their own regions before attempting to reach Europe by the deadly routes available. Women fleeing war, poverty and environmental disasters caused by corporation’s greed, women fleeing persecution for not conforming to the gender they were assigned at birth. Women running away from their own families for not accepting domestic violence perpetrated by patriarchy.

IN OUR OWN WORDS is a documentation of brave women who have fought difficult realities, we are sure it will inspire us all in the struggle for emancipation. The choice of the launch date, the 25th of November, is not accidental – it is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Violence, specifically violence against women and gender persecution as well as the ways women find to survive such oppressions are common themes of the life experiences recorded in this book. One of IWS’s main demands is the right of women to be granted asylum on specific gender-persecution grounds, without fear of removal or deportation.

The International Women Space is a feminist political group of migrant and refugee women in Germany, it was formed in 2012 within the occupation of the Gerhart-Hauptmann School in Berlin Kreuzberg. IWS challenges dominant knowledge structures and fights against discriminatory policies and practices, which oppose the emancipation of refugee and migrant women and all women.

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