04/11/2020 | Writer: Kaos GL

Kaos GL and WWHR – New Ways are organizing a panel hosting queer and feminist activists from Brazil, Russia and Poland. Do not forget to register for the panel to be held on November 9!

You are invited to the panel "Solidarity Beyond Borders"! Kaos GL - News Portal for LGBTI+

Illustration: Semih Özkarakaş

Women for Women's Human Rights (WWHR) - New Ways and Kaos GL are organizing a panel to discuss the global attacks on LGBTI+ and women's rights and means of resistance against these attacks, and to "be inspired" by the activism that transcends borders.

Queer and feminist activists from Brazil, Russia and Poland will speak in the panel, which will be held online on November 9th at 5 pm Istanbul Time. To join the panel, please click here to fill in the registration form. Simultaneous interpretation will be offered during the panel. The detailed schedule of the panel will be announced in the coming days.

A breath, an inspiration...

Here is the panel’s full invitation letter:

While leaders acting against LGBTI+ and women learn from each other and develop their oppression techniques, what can we, as resisters, learn from each other? The struggle in Brazil can be a breath for Turkey or a gesture in Russia can inspire a new activism in Poland. We invite you to witness the political atmospheres of different geographies around the world and the activism and international and transnational organization practices that have flourished here.

When this panel was planned, the world had not yet been tested by the COVID19 pandemic. Perhaps for the first time, we experience our attachment to each other's bodies in such an increasingly expanding global horror – and, more importantly, in a radical uncertainty. We have been witnessing that international associations, governments and institutions have failed to, or chosen not to, fulfill their responsibilities in the face of this global problem. Today, when we are dragged into a radical uncertainty, we are confronted with the "fact" that we have no choice but to produce solutions through individual actions against the risks we face as a society.

Solidarity knows no limits!

Turkey is not the only place where women and LGBTI+’s experience attacks on their rights; there is a global attack against our rights and democracy. Thus, in this atmosphere where the attacks manifest themselves differently in every country, we invite you to the panel "Solidarity Beyond Borders."

In order to increase our transnational solidarity against all these attacks, this year we want to meet with activists from Brazil, Russia, Poland, etc., who have expanded the feminist and queer struggle, to better understand the situation in these countries, to share our experiences and to create a roadmap on how to establish solidarity networks across borders.

If you want to join us on this journey, we will be happy to see you in our transnational panel for two sessions on November 9, at 5 pm Istanbul time. If you want to join our online panel on November 9, please fill out this form by November 8. Before the panel, we will send a link to your e-mail addresses to connect to the panel. The panel sessions will be held in English, and simultaneous interpretation will be offered. We will announce the full schedule of the panel in the coming days.

So, how did this panel originate?

We, as Women for Women's Human Rights (WWHR) - New Ways and Kaos GL, we first came together at the 2-day Solidarity Keeps Alive Workshop in Istanbul on 8 to 9 November 2019 to discuss how to manage a collective fight, as feminists and LGBTI+ activists, against those right-wing conservative organizations that have recently been working in an increasingly organized manner in Turkey and that have stated they are the anti-gender movements. We continue to maintain our cooperation and solidarity that we initiated within the scope of the annual One Day One Struggle (ODOS) Campaign of the Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies,   as members, . We have kept saying "Solidarity Keeps Alive" in line with the roadmap we prepared in the 2019 workshop, and in this context, we held a Media Workshop on 22 October 2020. We have also publicly shared the final report of the workshop.

This time, to move our solidarity beyond the borders, we are organizing this panel to meet with activists from Brazil, Russia and Poland. Hope to see you soon!

Tags: human rights, women