The European meeting of the women for the European Social Forum which has been done in İstanbul on 23rd September 2005 gathered 40 women from European countries; France, İtaly, Poland, Greece, England, Albany, and a majority of young women from Turkey from different groups or networks like the women from mediteranean and the network of European feminist initiative, turkish social forum women’s network initiative, women trade unionists from Turkey and France, world march of women against violences and poverty.
The objective of the meeting was to examine and to make concrete the organisation of a women’s day and/or a women’s assembly in the 4th ESF 2006.
The debate in İstanbul reaffirmed the continuation of the processes that have been engaged in Florence, that’s to say to make the oppression of women in all domains visible and show how these are combined with neo liberalism. The process continued in Paris with a women’s assembly which gathered more than 4000 women and elaborated a manifest: afterwards in London with the birth of a feminist initiative for another Europe. Later in Barcelona, in the mediteranean social forum, the assembly of women defined 3 powers which opress women: patriarchal, neo-liberal, integrist domination.
The propositions made for discussion and debate were :
The necessity of a strong representation of women in the totality of the forum with the below tools :
parity in the attribution of the solidarity funds
parity in the speakers in all of the debates
For assuring our visibility during the Athens forum, a proposition is made for a strong moment in a day with two parts, thematic meetings for the construction of networks of mobilisation and the women’s assembly. The women’s assembly should be in a central place and in a central moment.
The proposed thematics are :
- Women migrants
- Work, precarity and poverty
- Women and wars
- The violences against the women
- Abortion rights, sexual and reproductive rights
- Women, democracy and power
- Experiences of women’s resistance
We think that the voices of the women from the most precarious sectors and regions must be encourged.
Finally we wish the creation of a geographical women space whose objective is to collect all of our experiences and the different modes of expression.
We wish also to favour the dialogue between the women’s movement and the other movements who take part in the social forum.
These propositions were approved by a great majority of the women who were present. A minority oppossed on the opportunity of a women’s day. There was also a proposition for a women’s demonstration and a women’s organisation from Turkey questioned men’s presence in women meetings.
This report is written by Çiğdem Çidamlı from the Turkish network, Paola Manduca from the network of mediteranean women and the world march of women İtaly, Houria Mekrelouf from the collective 13 droit des femmes Marseille-France, Sonia Mitralias from the world march Greece and Anne Leclerc from world march of women France.