The organisation of an International Women’s Seminar was decided in February 2012 by the leadership of the International.
The response was very important. About 30 women will be attending the seminar, coming from Belgium, Brazil, Britain, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Philippines, Spain, Sri Lanka and Switzerland.
We received donations for helping with the travel costs of the participants from the Third World to an amount of more than 2000 €. The International paid also part of the travel costs.
On the 23rd February 2012, the IIRE oganised an international public meeting to discuss the politics of Humanitarian Rleif in the Third World. Speakers from France, Philippines, Pakistan and Sri Lanka exposed their experience and reflections in building humanitarian aid programs which promot social equality and human emancipation from the grassroots.
The magazine Jaarboek Kritiek organised on Friday the 27th of January a debate with the German activist Detlef Hartmann. More than thirty people were present.
Hartman gave a fascinating account on the current global economic crisis and on the possibilities for resistance. In the discussion with the public, the underlying causes of the crisis were analysed. The international aspects of the resistance against the crisis were shown: a new internationalism with grass roots organisations of women and peasants at the forefront in actions in the Third World. The question was also asked to what extent capitalism has become vulnerable through the use of ICT technologies.