Events Internationalism Festival°2

Wednesday, June 2

4 pm
Digital book launch: Dresden que(e)r through the century. History and Stories from 1900 to 2020″.

Speaker: Karin Franke und Andrea Siegert, *sowieso* Frauen für Frauen e.V.
Language: german

In this online event Karin Franke and Andrea Siegert present their book ‘Dresden que(e)r durch das Jahrhundert’, published together with *sowieso* Frauen für Frauen e.V. It is a brilliant ride through the Dresden history of LGBTI* from 1900 – 2020. This reader is the first of its kind for the Dresden area. It is beautifully illustrated and offers a unique journey through time with unknown documents, surprising insights and new perspectives on the seemingly well-known. Personalities such as Margarethe Junge, Rudolf Klimmer, Gret Palucca, Ludwig Renn, Sascha Schneider and Marianne Zwingenberger are portrayed. The editors span an arc from the beginning of the 20th century, the 1920s, through the Nazi era and the GDR, the period of the Peaceful Revolution, the turn of the millennium, and into the present. The contributions from guest authors and associations make queer history in and around Dresden come to life. In addition to researchers such as Christiane Leidinger, Ingeborg Boxhammer and Dino Heicker, many current activists have their say and show how diverse and lively queer Dresden and Saxony is.

Thursday, June 3

5:30 pm
Lecture: Militant Suffragettes

Speaker: Jana Günther
Language: german

The image of the militant suffragette has made a lasting impression on the collective memory in Great Britain and the USA. With their sensational struggle for women’s suffrage, the British suffragette movement achieved international fame at the beginning of the 20th century and was a role model for many other women’s movements worldwide.
However, their sensational demonstrations, acts of civil disobedience, and destruction of public and private property provoked criticism and backlash as those forms of protest ultimately collided radically with the rigid gender norms of the era. The lecture traces the development and radicalization of this militant part of the historical women’s movement.

7 pm
Lecture and discussion: Labor struggles of domestic workers yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Speaker: Kimey Pflücke
Language: german

Domestic work, as unpaid labor carried out by women and part of the double burden has mostly been a feminist field of activity. Yet by 1900, in many industrialized countries, paid domestic workers were – and in many places still are – the largest category of workers of all. Labor fights of domestic workers – be it Andalusian women in anarchist unions in the early 1930s in the face of Francoism. The African-American white-collar workers in the 1960s/70s in the course of the so-called Civil Rights movement, or migrant women workers in the Respect network in Berlin – are largely unknown. The lecture will focus on various lanbor struggles, with the author reading from her work on Uruguay and Spain and shedding light on the problems of paid domestic work today.

Friday, June 4

4 pm
Workshop: Vulvas in their diversity vulvas

Speaker: Jana Tafankaji
Language: German

registration required

We see penises painted on all the walls all the time and already know how to doodle them on the table as toddlers. But what do vulvas look like? Many don’t even know this word- maybe you are more familiar with the words Möse or Muschi? We will look at how the vulva is built and how they differ from each other. We work with drawings. We will also discuss images of beauty and how they are created by watching film clips.
What do you need? We will meet online. It would be great if you have something to make to create a model. For example, plasticine, paper and glue. But it is not a must!
I am looking forward to you and our conversations!

Registration under: anmeldung[ät]

Lecture: Thinking about Dalit Feminism

Speaker: Rupali Bansode
Language: english, german translation

People and groups facing marginalisation learn from each other’s exploitation and resistance. Such is one group in India called Dalit Feminists who emerged to fight against caste based exploitation based on gender. In this session, I shall be discussing what Dalit Feminism is and its importance in the Indian and South Asian context. I will also discuss why solidarities and allyships are important to fight against caste exploitation and how could we imagine and build these solidarities and allyships.

6 pm
Lecture: A conversation about decolonial feminism with decolonial feminists in Dresden from “Latin America”.

Speaker: Feminista antirracista de Abya Yala: A self-organized collectivity in Saxony.
Language: German

We would like to bring together the FLINTA* community of migrants from the global south. Our themes will be from a decolonial and communitarian feminist perspective from Abya Yala. Decolonial feminism elaborates a genealogy of thought which has been produced by feminists, women, lesbians and racialized people in general. It is in dialogue with knowledge generated by intellectuals and activists who do not take a Eurocentric view.

Beyond the need for international perspectives, we want to bring what we call respect for pluriversalisms. This is a discussion that goes beyond the concepts of nations in favor of the unfolding of diversity. In this, the struggle against patriarchy goes hand in hand with the dismantling of the “matrix of domination” (Hill Collins), the “modern-colonial gender system” (María Lugones) and the “coloniality of power” (Aníbal Quijano). We need to establish dialogues between Western and non-Western feminisms to reflect the evolution of Western feminisms. Their emancipatory limits are congruent with those of the modern project. Western feminisms have reproduced some features of patriarchy that have been globally reinforced by modernity, namely its colonial, classist, racist, and epistemic character.

Panel: “Alerta Feminista” Current Feminist Struggles in and from Latin America

Javiera Manzi, Coordinadora8mChile
Yola Mamani, Mujeres Creando
Laura und Lina, MIlatts e.V. Dresden

Moderation: Katya Meyer

Language: spanish, german translation

From Buenos Aires to Mexico City, feminist mobilizations in Latin America are as diverse, radical and significant as probably never before. Different motives, forms of action and demands not only characterize and explain the diversity of these movements: They shake Latin America – and yet influence the whole world. 
Guests are Yola Mamani from Mujeres Creando, Javiera Manzi from Coordinadora8mChile, as well as Laura and Lina from M-latts e.V. from Dresden. From their own perspectives, they look at the diverse perspectives within the movements in their respective countries.  Together they discuss multifaceted forms of organization, barriers to feminist resistance, and the efficacy of the strike as a political tool.
Moderated by Katya Meyer, this conversation will explain why a look at feminist militants in and from Latin America is essential. Join us for an evening about the power of disobedience and transnational connectedness. 

Saturday, June 5

12 noon
Jineolojî: emergence of patriarchy and killing of masculinity

Speaker: Jineolojî committee germany
Language: german

In this input presentation we want to give an insight into the genesis of patriarchy based on the Jineolojî – Science of Women and Society, and then as a perspective we will take a closer look at the concepts of the Kurdish women’s liberation movement “killing the man” (Kuştina Zilam) and “free coexistence” (Havjiyana Azad).

12 noon
Workshop: How to flirt like a feminist – An interactive DIY tutorial

Speaker: böse&gemein
Language: german

FLINTA* only
registration required

You ask yourself, what is a compliment? How can I act out my “straight” side of myself ? How can I approach the cool queer person at a movie night?
You are not alone with these questions and at least since the times of Dr. Sommer, we have been aware of your hardships. So we would like to open up a small, comfortable conversation space of 90 minutes with you. We will explore these questions in our entertaining mini online group and advance the feminist revolution a little bit more. We, Jana and Katha, are doing this as volunteers and depend on your support. We provide you a space with guided exchange where we can work together on developing ideas of how flirting can succeed.
And for those reasons, we would like to open this room for FLINTAs only.
Maximum number of participants: 16.
we position ourselves as follows: Katha, non-binary white and disabled; Jana, cis-female, lesbian and white

12 noon
Workshop: Mental self-defense

Speaker: AG Mental Self Defense, founded within the framework of the organisation of delegation of Zapatistas
Language: german

Registration required
Hello dear people,
maybe you already know, the Zapatistas are coming from Chiapas to Europe and will also make a stop in Germany this summer. We are a part of the AG Mental Self-Defense and would like to continue to raise awareness of this issue, exchange knowledge and learn new things, all in exchange with the Zapatistas. 
The Zapatistas are a group of indigenous insurgents from the south of Mexico who have been self-governing their territories since 1994. In their anti-colonial struggles, indigenous rights, women’s rights, as well as ecology and sustainability play a major role. On the journey through Europe, we are looking for parallels between our struggles, including mental struggles, including in the area of mental self-defense.
In order to be able to resist oppressive, patriarchal social systems in the long term, we need more than physical strength. It is at least as important to be mentally strengthened and also to recover mentally. For this purpose we want to develop and disseminate tactics and techniques to counteract grievances, but also with the specific goal of making sure we can be impactful activists in the long run and be content doing it. The Zapatistas have been working on methods for collectively fending off psychological attacks and traumas in order to maintain their ability and joy of life for years under the term “salud mental”. 
You are familiar with this topic from your own experience or your environment and would like to to engage with it more deeply?
Then join our workshop on the topic of mental self-defense on June 5th, 2021 at 12 o’clock!
For registration please send an email to: email hidden; JavaScript is required, we will send you the link to the room where the workshop will take place well in advance.
In previous workshops we have noticed that a large part of the participants were FLINTA* people were present. At this point we would like to emphasize that the workshop is not a FLINTA* only workshop, although we are of course happy about all FLINTA* people that join in!
In order to prepare you for the workshop, please watch the video “Uprising of Dignity” here
We look forward to seeing you and send solidarity greetings,

 people from the AG Mental Self-Defense

Registration at: papagaya-libre[ät]

2 pm
Theater Workshop: FoK*ollektiv

Speaker: FoK*ollekitv
Language: German

FLINTA* only
registration required

We have a lot to critize about the today’s world. Unequal power relations. Patriarchal violence. Racism and white supremacy. Capitalist exploitation. The binary gender system and heteronorms. But what would it be like if things were different? How can we begin to imagine and develop utopias? How do processes of transformation and change function? What role does the body, the inner self, the community and the structures in which we move play?
After we share our own interpretation of these questions in a performace, we want to continue working on them together with you and enter into a creative process. With methods from theatre and writing exercises we want to approach our utopias and explore what it takes to initiate processes of transformation. At the end of the workshop we will work on mini-performances that we present to each other. We look forward to engage with you!

Duration approx. 3,5 hours.

Registration at: anmeldung[ät]

2 pm
Workshop: Re_rule! Finally confronting everyday sexism in an appropriately low-level way. An online self-empowerment workshop

Speaker: Educat e.V.
Language: german

No more registration possible – places full!

Hegemony has many facets. Barking at someone is one of them.
Whether within the family, on the street, in the pub, in the park or at work: we FLINT (FrauenLesbenInterNon-BinaryTrans) know them all too well – these everyday situations in which we are barked at, accosted, whistled at, commented on or relegated to a “naturally” lower place. The boundaries between everyday sexism and sexualized violence are not always clear-cut. For this workshop, it is important for us to exchange stories of situations that we have experienced – so please only bring examples you can and want to talk about. We cannot provide a more in-depth discussion of highly distressing experiences.
Instead, we want to “arm” each other with tools, such as the power of language, comedy, facial expressions and gestures, and whatever else we can think of to be applied in moments that leave us speechless, feeling powerless or small. Pinch everyday sexism in the butt instead of getting pinched yourself! Yes: don’t always just receive, but also give!
Registration at: anmeldung[ät]

Lecture: Why does a woman need a union?

Speaker: FAU Leipzig
Language: German

Women are opressed in multiple ways: in work environments, by roles assigned in families and relationships, as well as by systematic discrimination based on ethnicity and origin. So why does a woman need a union?

A look back at the recent history of women in self-organized unions, and a practical look ahead.

6 pm
Reading: We know what we want – Women’s Revolution in Northern and Eastern Syria. Resistance and lived utopias II

Speaker: collective of editors
Language: German

The editors* collective traveled from Germany to regions in Northern and Eastern Syria in the winter of 2018/19 as a feminist delegation of the “Fighting Together” campaign. The aim of the journey was to better understand what a women’s revolution can look like. The collective of editors joins us as guests and introduce their book to us. 
In northern and eastern Syria, a grassroots democratic project has been under construction since 2011, which is ideologically based on the Kurdish freedom movement. Its guiding idea is the concept of democratic confederalism, which is based on gender equality, grassroots democracy and ecology. The process of social transformation is also referred to as the women’s revolution. But what constitutes a women’s revolution in particular?
The collective of editors conducted interviews with women who shared their perspective and described the implementation of the women’s revolution in practice. Lived resistance is central in their narratives. Not only against military attacks on the region, but also against patriarchal structures in society. They report on organizing in councils, building an alternative economy, and why autonomous, feminist organizing is needed for this. In addition to a historical classification of the Kurdish women’s movement and its ideological reference points, the book shows the importance of feminist organizing for a global perspective on social change.

Panel: Feminism for Future – Towards Future of Solidarity

Cenî – Kurdish Women’s Office for Peace
Koschka Linkerhand
Tarek Shukrallah
Language: german

The last few days we have been engaged in feminist struggles of yesterday and today. We came together to make anti-racist, anti-colonial, anti-capitalist, ecological struggles and struggles for self-determination and freedom visible locally and globally. For the final panel we want to dare a feminist internationalist outlook into the future.

We say Patriarciao ! Smash fascism and capitalism ! Ya Basta ! Jin Jiyan Azadi ! for an internationalist feminism of the future !

For this we will talk with Koschka Linkerhand, Ceni Kurdish Women’s Office for Peace and Tarek Shukrallah about the feminist movement of the future. Based on their approaches and perspectives we want to discuss together how a radical feminist society can be built. How do we want to make the future possible without patriarchy, to be able to live in relationships of solidarity, in a free society, in a just world for all? Let’s find out together what this means for our struggles today and for the everyday life of tomorrow.

Sunday, June 6

10 am
Radio play and talk: “Put your knitting away, Kaschiebe, you’re embarrassing us!” – An adaptation of the radio play “Die Weiberbrigade” by Inge Müller

Speaker: Radio Play by Justina Fink / Hannah Maneck / Hannah Ruoff
Language: German

Grab a cup of coffee, prepare a delicious breakfast and tell your friends and neighbors. We‘ll have a digital brunch – together with the creators Justina Fink, Hannah Maneck and Hannah Ruoff we gonna listen to „Pack Dein Strickzeug weg, Kaschiebe, du blamierst uns!“. Afterwards we want to talk with them and you about utopias for topics of care- and wage labor.
The radio play is not only a radio play, rather a feature, discussion and sound collage all in one. The radio play tells the story of Jenni Nägle and her “Weiberbrigade”, who work and live as locksmiths in the combine “Schwarze Pumpe” in 1960. The story relates the everyday struggles of Kaschiebe, Vera and Jenni and the other people in the brigade and in the combine, their lived or missing solidarity; of marriage, child upbringing and sexuality. The speakers, three pensioners from the area of Leipzig, comment on the parts they read and will share their perspective on the women’s politics of the GDR. This section of the narrative is complemented by a historical look at Alexandra Kollontai’s theses on sexual morality, as well as by a look on Inge Müller’s process of production and her position as an author in the GDR.
The radio play asks how care and domestic work could be organized differently. It asks how the relationship between work, gender and relationships is structured by economic dependencies. It asks how the binary gender system can be overcome.

The production was supported by the Student Council Social Work.Media.Culture of the University of Applied Sciences Merseburg, the StuRa of the University of Leipzig and the Student Councils German Studies, Theater, Political Science and Cultural Studies of the University of Leipzig.

We thank henschel SCHAUSPIEL Theaterverlag Berlin for the play rights.

Excerpts from the following songs can be heard in the radio play:

“Nadezhda” by Anna German
“A za Oknom to Dozhd to Sneg” by Tamara Miansarova
“At that time” by Bärbel Wachholz
“Cherniy Kot” by Tamara Miansarova
“Suggestion for improvement” by Oktoberklub
“The Drunken Happy End” by Mega Laottia

Market of Opportunities – Feminist Gathering

Alaunplatz Dresden

Sunday we want to close the festival with a market of possibilities. And we want to create at least once during the weekend a common real place of meeting and networking! That’s why there is a market of possibilities, outside and in real!
we have asked different feminist actors if they want to present themselves with booths or something similar. So there will be the possibility to look around, to get to know new ideas and people. There will be different programs, but the most important thing: we will see each other and we can talk about the festival and other things! We meet 13 o’clock on the Alaunplatz in Dresden! We are looking forward!

Do you belong to a feminist initiative, group or similar in Dresden? Do you feel like appearing at the Market of Possibilities, presenting your work or contributing to the program? Then contact us at: festival[ät]

4 pm
City walk: Flexen – Flâneusen* write cities. Reading of feminist literature in different places of the city.

Speaker: Group Polar
Language: German

registration required

Meeting point: fountain over the Alaunpark (Tannenstraße)


We invite you to “dawdle, loiter, roam aimlessly through the city” (Neha Singh)1 and to read stories from “Flexen – Flâneusen* write cities”. We invite you to join us on a literary journey through the city which will center on perspectives of women, queer people and people of color.

The struggles for a right to the city are also feminist struggles. The lack of affordable housing is a problem for all people who want to escape from intimate partner or domestic violence. There is not only a lack of available places in women’s shelters because there are too few anyway, but also because it can take months for a women to find another place to live and free up the shelter for somebody else.
Women, queer people and people of color are more likely to rely on public transportation, even though they cannot take safety for granted there. For many FLINTA2 , verbal sexual harassment or the fear of being out after dark are commonplace. As recently as March on the occasion of the kidnapping and murder of Sarah Everard, those who are affected by these issues drew attention to it under the hashtag #TextMeWhenYouGetHome, and shared their experiences of violence and discrimination in public spaces.

“We have found that women are fighting a day-to-day battle with the city “3 says Özlem Özgül Dündar, one of the editors of the anthology “Flexen”, which was published by Verbrecherverlag. In contrast to the care-free stroll of the male flâneur, the stories of the female authors are about discrimination, threat, but about appropriation and empowerment. That is what it must be about: Visibility and the conquest of the cities for all – on the streets, on the squares, free from harassment and discrimination. Because we don’t want to hurry through the city, rather critically engage with and shape it. We want to invite you to stroll and listen with us!

The reading is an event of Gruppe polar and part of a series on the right to the city. The original date had to be cancelled. Therefore, the event will now take place as part of the second Internationalism Festival of the IZ Dresden on topics of feminism. Gruppe polar has been part of these struggles for some years now, especially focusing on housing and homelessness in Dresden. Gruppe polar is organized in the alliance “Stop the rent madness! Dresden and the BettelLobby Dresden. This year, Gruppe polar would also like to engage theoretically with the right to the city. For this purpose, they organize events such as lectures, reading walks and comic readings surrounding questions of the solidaric city.

According to § 21 of the current Saxonian Corona Protection Ordinance, as of city tours of all kinds may take place in the outdoor area. Thus we can carry out our city tour. Prerequisite is the a daily negative test of all participants or a proof of vaccination a vaccination certificate. Therefore bring to the meeting point a daily updated negative test result or your vaccination card (you are considered fully immunized immunized 14 days after the 2nd vaccination). Rapid Test Center that are open on Sunday: Bellevue, Ostpol, Schauburg), In addition we have to enable contact tracing (i.e. record your contact information).
Also, please be sure to bring headphones! You will need them for the audio transmitters, with which we transmit the contributions into your ears. From we have 20 of them, so the number of participants is limited to 20 limited.

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The event takes place in cooperation with Weiterdenken – Heinrich Böll Foundation Saxony.

1 See the article “How to conquer a city” by Julia Lauter.
2 Women, lesbians, inter, non-binary and trans persons as well as agender.