OPEN CALL | Stories of women : Giving a voice to the unheard

The IUSY Feminist working group is starting the implementation of its roadmap developed during the last meeting (September 17-24 2017, Mollina, Spain).

The first planned activity is to create a quarterly thematic journal on feminism and related themes. The first edition is planned to launch on November 25th, 2017 on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

We would like to collect stories/articles on the theme of gender based violence. We want to speak up about the issue by sharing our stories, celebrating those who have survived and connect to each other by working together for transformation and peace. The power of storytelling is valuable as a strategy for raising awareness, empowering and inspiring change.

IUSY Feminist working group is calling for submission of stories from feminist activists from IUSY member and partner organisations from Africa, South and North America, Asia-Pacific, Mediterranean, Europe (Balkans and Black Sea Cooperation Area).

We are seeking stories that respond to this prompt as a strategy for shedding light on:

  • The value of women in the movement to end gender-based violence,
  • The strength and perseverance of feminist activists and advocates in the face of challenging times

Submission guidelines:

  • Stories should be written from your point of view (first person/ “I” statements),
  • Stories should be between 2-4 pages including the photo of the author(s).
  • We encourage everyone who has a story on the topic to submit them especially individuals from traditionally marginalized and oppressed groups, including advocates of color, non-English speaking, immigrant, indigenous, Deaf, trans-identified, gender nonconforming, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and living with disabilities.
  • Creativity in storytelling is welcomed!

Submissions are due 10 November, 2017 in Word format via email to: iusy@iusy.org with the subject line “Stories of women_full name”.

Authors of submitted stories will be informed about the selection results within a week after the deadline. Selected stories will be published in IUSY website, social media and shared among IUSY member and partner organisations. Stories will lead IUSY Feminist working group in drafting a resolution on gender based violence for the next IUSY Congress that will take place in the beginning of January 2018.

We are looking forward to receive your story!

IUSY Feminist working group

IUSY SUPPORTS THE CONTINUATION OF THE PEACE PROCESS IN COLOMBIA

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The International Union of Socialist Youth expresses the full support for the continuation of the peace process in Colombia. The world is waiting for the successful completion of one of the most relevant peace processes in history.

We must regrettably point out that though IUSY has supported the peace process in Colombia, the referendum held on October 2nd led to a majority in favour of the denial of the agreement, an agreement that aimed to end the conflict and to build a stable and lasting peace.

However, this does not mean the end of the peace process. This is just an opportunity to continue with greater will and greater participation. For this reason IUSY calls for all Colombians to join forces to achieve peace, a peace that will bring development to the country and that is certainly a historic moment for the whole world.

Unfortunately, the turnout of the referendum was staggeringly low. IUSY calls Colombians on realizing that the future development of their country is in their hands and it hopes to see further steps forward in the peace process, in order to leave behind a conflict that has lasted more than 50 years and has claimed more than 8 million victims.

Finally, IUSY calls for all the people who have casted an affirmative or negative vote (49.78% and 50.21% of voters, respectively), and even for those who have abstained (62.6% of the whole population) that this is the time for further involvement and to joining efforts in building a stable and lasting peace.

IUSY SUPPORTS THE CONTINUATION OF THE PEACE PROCESS ON COLOMBIA. WE WILL CONTINUE OUR STRUGGLE TOWARDS THIS GOAL.

ALL OVER THE WORLD TO CHANGE IT

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IUSY SUPPORT THE CONTINUATION OF THE PEACE PROCESS IN COLOMBIA [EN]

Rise Up For Equality- March 8

The International Women‘s Rights Day on March 8 is an important reminder of the struggle for gender equality. It started with a mass protest in New York, 1857. Later Clara Zetkin demanded the introduction of an International Women‘s Day. Socialist feminists then started to engage protests all over the world. Demanding equal rights and an end to their exploitation as workers.

 

March 8 became a symbol for global resistance of women struggling every day for their human rights, equality, recognition and respect. It sets in the context of an oppressive world that hits women even worse while a few profit.

 

The fight for gender equality needs to continue as it still has not reached its goals. Whether we look at equal pay, women suffering gender-based violence, sexism or the constant attacks on abortion rights.

 

On March 8 we celebrate everything that has been achieved. And with standing together we will achieve even more! This toolkit is made for all of our member organizations to give inspiration for engaging in the activities of this important day.

No socialism without feminism!

 

IUSY TOOLKIT- English Version

 

IUSY TOOLKIT- French Version

 

IUSY TOOLKIT- Spanish Version