IWS RADIO

IWS RADIO

IWS RADIO is a podcast series on the migrant woman experience brought to you by IWS, the International Women* Space. We are a feminist, anti-racist group of migrant women, refugee women and women without this experience. We are based in Berlin, Germany. We work to document the lives and stories of refugee and migrant women living in Germany. We create platforms for women to speak out and get their voices heard. We want to inspire other women to self-organize, formulate their needs and demands and to initiate collective actions. With IWS RADIO we want to both shed light on our lived experiences and the general situation for migrant women in Germany.

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March 7, 2022 66 min
On the occasion of 25th of November, the Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women, the gender and migration working group of WIDE+ met in Berlin to discuss the persistence of violence against migrant women in Europe, and to plan and create a collective response and resistance against violence, in all its aspects - gender-based, structural and/or institutional violence. IWS RADIO invited a few participants from diffe...
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Marlize, a new IWS member, joins Jennifer to share the ins and outs of navigating the asylum process while also being queer and trans. Marlize gives a detailed glimpse into the entire journey from the initial airport procedures to life in the Lager - and the crucial information and support that enabled her to go through it all. Then shifting from the personal to the political, the two discuss the ways that Germany’s image as a ‘que...
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With European countries tightening migration even more after the ‘Summer of Migration’ in 2015, 500 people from Yemen arrived on the South Korean island of Jeju in 2018 seeking asylum. In response, 700 million people signed an online public petition against their asylum acceptance and a constitutional amendment on asylum law. The fierce backlash in South Korea came from not only nationalists - but also people who had declared thems...
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After a long break, IWS RADIO returns with our first program in 2021. We pick up where we left off: discussing the brutality of the EU border politics. Jennifer is joined by Zahra and Anna – two Berlin-based activists – to talk about the inhumane living conditions created by the EU border and asylum policies in Greece and Germany. Zahra shares her experience of living in the Lesvos refugee camp with her family and her time organisi...
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For the final program of the year, Killa and Jennifer discuss the dirty deals the EU is making to keep externalising the EU borders on the one hand and to make pushbacks and deportations easier on the other - and Germany’s central role in these tactics even though it projects itself as an upholder of human rights. Syrine from Watch the Med - Alarmphone and Christina from Women* in Exile & Friends join to talk about how these po...
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Jennifer and Denise discuss with Lucía Muriel and Jasmin Eding about mental health, mental illness, isolation, and torture - and how we can create a support network for migrant and refugee women living in Lagers. They unpack how issues of mental health for migrant women are linked to the traumatic experiences that lead women to flee, the traumatic experiences they had on their journeys to Europe, the precarious living conditions an...
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Lavenda, Shokoofeh, Shadia, Nujiyan, and Xalteva from the Alliance of Internationalist Feminists Berlin come together for this special episode of IWS RADIO ahead of the 25th of November - the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. They discuss the violences women face created by a history of colonialism, imperialism, capitalism, and white supremacy - and how women are organising against these oppressions i...
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This episode focuses on how structural racism manifests itself inside institutions, specifically within the German education system. Jennifer Kamau from IWS discusses the prevalence of racism in schools in Germany with Céline Barry - a Berlin-based social scientist whose research centers on the topics of racism, feminism and intersectionality in post-colonial contexts. We also look at how these dynamics were heightened during the C...
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Dr. Natasha A. Kelly is an academic activist, visualutionist and afrofuturist. She joins Jennifer Kamau from IWS for a deep dive into the history of racism in Germany - the origins and continuities of German (and European) Colonialism and a look at “the other side of the coin”: Black German history. We discuss stories of resistance, the history of Black movements in Germany and the Gerhart-Hauptmann-Schule occupation where IWS was ...
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In this episode, we go deeper into understanding anti-semitism within the context of racism in German society. COVID-19 gave rise to a range of conspiracy “theories” - which are often explicitly or implicitly anti-Semitic. A well known anti-semitic trope is the image of the Jew controlling the media or the finance world - and now this has been adapted and we see the image of the Jew as a likely “mastermind” behind the pandemic. Thi...
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Guests Sanchita Basu and Canan Bayram are welcomed by Killa Kupfer, Jennifer Kamau & Denise Garcia Bergt from IWS to talk about Berlin’s new anti-discrimination law that was passed in June: What came before? What type of cases does it cover? What impact could it have? What will it take to see a similar law on the federal level? Sanchita is political activist who has co-founded several organisations in Berlin and is currently wo...
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The COVID-19 pandemic brought a wave of violent racism against Asian communities all over the world. IWS members Ngoc, Haewon & Dahye welcome three guests for our third episode of IWS RADIO to discuss this and more... We hear first from Jiye Seong-Yu of Asian Voices Europe about how the group went about dealing with the anti-Asian racism. Then, Esra Karakaya of Karakaya Talks joins the show to discuss how the good immigrant ima...
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Lavenda, Jennifer and Denise from IWS are joined by Diana Arce from Black Lives Matter Berlin and Hela Kanakane from Alarm Phone. We talk to Diana about the killing of George Floyd in the US and the ongoing wave of anti-racist protests it sparked. She discusses how racism manifests itself in the US and in Germany and highlights relevant current debates. Hela shares information about the situation of migrants at the borders of Europ...
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July 5, 2020 44 sec
IWS Radio is a podcast series on the migrant woman experience brought to you by IWS, the International Women* Space. We are a feminist, anti-racist group of migrant women, refugee women and women without this experience. We work to document the lives and stories of refugee and migrant women living in Germany.
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The first episode exposes the inhumane conditions of the Lager system in Germany, especially in the times of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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