Oct 2, 2007

Vienna Declatation from the 1st Black European Women's Congress

Declaration of the Black European Women´s Congress
Vienna, 27 – 29th September 2007

We Black European Women from 16 EU Member States, and Switzerland, gathered in Vienna from 27 – 29th September 2007 within the framework of the European Year for Equal Opportunities for All; under the initiative of AFRA – International Center for Black Women’s Perspectives (Austria) and coorganised by Tiye International, (The Netherlands) hereby announce the creation of the Black European Womens Network (BEWNET).

We, Black European Women, insist on the recognition of the crucial role played by Black Women economically, politically, culturally and socially in the European context. We are determined to implement and mainstream Black Women´s Empowerment in Europe as a core policy issue.

Our gathering here is an indication of the necessity for the EU to dialog with Black Women’s Organisations EU-wide. The European Year for Intercultural Dialog therefore presents an opportunity to initiate and strengthen partnerships and alliances. We welcome purposeful efforts to engage with the EU in the implementation and in consequence in the securing and exercising of our Rights as full citizens of the EU and EEA.

Black European Women Congress 2007 Recommendations to the EU

1. Identity and Empowerment
• Despite the legal framework, forms of multiple discrimination, including gendered racism, continue to exist. The Black European Women Congress recommends the enforcement and implementation of Article 13 to eradicate all forms of discrimination across all member states.

2. Challenges faced by Black youths
• Educational System and Civil Services must incorporate Anti-Racism training and qualification for personnel at all levels and recruit Black professionals. In addition, we recommend to set up legal guidelines for all public and corporate educational institutions to offer anti-racist material, services and curriculum.

3. Psychological conflicts affecting black communities especially Black women and children
• The Black European Women Congress recognizes mental health as a primary issue pertaining to Black communities dealing with racism. Government must provide financial and structural means to allow the establishment of autonomous institutions that provide mental health care for Black people dealing with the effects of racism.

4. Current Barriers of Black Women to the European Labour Market
• Companies and employers are required to implement Human Resources measures and tools designed to recruit Black personnel reflecting the diversity they express in their mission statements.

5. Political Participation
• Development of programs which assure, support and include appropriate political representation and participation of Black women.

Saturday, Sep 29, 2007


Villager said...

I've never been to Europe in my life ... but, I couldn't be any prouder of a group of sisters here in the States.

Well done! If there is anything that I can do to support your efforts from my blog ... just say the word!

peace, Villager

James said...

Good luck with this facinating Congress. It is very nice to know black women in Europe are challenging them selves with aggresive ideas. Keep Hope Alive

Black Women in Europe said...

Thanks Villager and Wayne! I can tell you that the Congress was a powerful event in so many ways.

Villager, you offer you support and on behalf of all the ladies who were there, and those who could not make it, THANK YOU!

It would be great if you could post the Vienna Declaration on your blog so that brothers and sister in the States know of our struggle and can see that it is not different from theirs.

We all have the same goals: to live in a country and society that values us.

deviousdiva said...

You are incredible. I am proud to be standing with you in this. Thank you.

Black Women in Europe said...

Thanks Delicious Diva. But I don't want you to think that I alone wrote the Vienna Declaration. I was in the working group that drafted it, and the entire Congress had input as well voted on it sentence by sentence. It is for all of those, including those who couldn't attend!

Anali said...

Congratulations ladies! You're doing some amazing work!

Black Women in Europe said...

Thanks Anali!