We were very happy to take part in the fascinating and successful international networking-conference “IntERAct”. We would like to warmly thank Solar e.V for the great organization of the event, as well as all the participants who have contributed their engagement, experiences and knowledge. This exchange had shown us how important and necessary it is, to encourage a critical discussion about flight and borders within the current European discourse.
Among the crucial and actual themes that were addressed were the different perspectives of enactment of a migration law, as well as the conditions and implications of the EU’s measures and its international agreements/treaties regarding migration and flight.
We have contributed inputs about empowerment, especially relating to refugee women*, and have exchanged our experiences and findings with the others. During the discussion, very meaningful questions came up: what does empowerment mean for us and how do we mutually empower ourselves through the exchange of experiences and competences? How do we interpret the concept of integration and how to we encourage/facilitate more participation? Which challenges do refugee women* in particularly face? How do we build trust and how can we support and show solidarity with one another?
The discussion gave us new impulses and further motivation for our work. We hope to keep taking part in such opportunities and thank again all the people who were present.
The immigration of hundreds of thousands of people to Europe brought new perspectives of self-organization and empowerment to the communities. Many progressive projects were starting all over Europe during the last years. They are supporting, empowering and fighting for better conditions and freedom of all people in and outside Europe. The networking-conference IntERAct will bring people together from various European countries. In more than 10 workshops political activists, empowerment trainers, NGO-members and voluntary supporters will discuss current political topics from violence against migrants over common European strategies in populist times up to the new European border regimes and newly discussed immigration-laws. We will exchange and discuss our approaches of self-organisation, empowerment and inclusion.
The IntERAct conference is embedded in the European Training course “Refugees in Europe”, which is organized by the Berlin NGO solar e.V. together with five European partners. Under the slogan “We will rise” the participants will open their doors together with the local partner trixiewiz e.V. to create new networks and get in a deeper European exchange. Refugees and migrants-groups should focus stronger on a common European struggle: United we can learn from each other – united we can fight together for refugees and migrants rights!
After the discussion and exchange programme we want to dance and celebrate our newly created connections with a diverse cultural programme.
The conference-meeting will be held mainly in English language, but we will try to organize whispering-translation as much as needed and possible.
For more information and the program of the conference: https://solarev.org/blog/Veranstaltung/interact-interconnecting-european-refugee-activists-supporters/?instance_id=155
The conference is organized by the Solar e.V collective together with us and other organizations.
Entrance free – donations welcome.
Please register online in advance under: http://solarev.org/interact
Date: Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 9:30 am