DiEM25

Democracy in Europe Movement 2025

Berlin

Tag: Gender

DiEM25 docu night with “War Zone”

According to her own words, War Zone is a direct response of a filmmaker and producer Maggie Hadleigh-West to the experiences of being involuntarily exposed, judged and assaulted that women are forced to go through on a everyday level. She did this by bringing those not hesitating to exercise their power on any occasion to publicly talk about it while she and her associates have been filming these spontaneous encounters.

In this personal and intimate documentary resulting from hundred of interviews that Hadleigh-West conducted with men and women across the United States, she managed to show how their different views on meaning of sex and gender are being a source of what she called war zone.

Some of her respondents were obviously annoyed, often reacting in arrogant if not a violent manner, while on the other occasions they’ve been simply revealing their own fears and insecurities in a funny and emotional way. This is the confirmation of Maggie’s talent to prove her point in her own and distinctive way, characterizing her other movies as well. One of the commentators of her work described it as a street credibility that she poses.

During this evening we would like to address the relationship between private and public space, love and politics and the problem of sexualized violence as a symptom of the structural mechanisms of power and hierarchies rooted in our contemporary societies. We would also like to discussion about the alternative politics to these practices that are unfortunately still present in our everyday surrounding.

In order to keep doing our work we will also ask for a small donation (~3 €) to finance the costs we have.

That astonishingly there is an alternative for Europe!

On 25th and 26th of May DiEM25 members from all over Europe came together in Berlin to exchange their work and ideas on democratising the EU. People from countries like Finland, Serbia, Ireland, Spain, Romania, Poland, Norway, France, Italy, Austria and Germany discussed how to build a solidly united system in Europe that offers equal rights and opportunities for everybody living on the continent.

The Democracy in DiEM25 (DiD) group shared their ideas on Distributed Network Collectives and Grassroots Democracy. We think internal democracy is crucial and communication and transparency are the key elements. DiEM25’s European Gender group pointed out that gender equality and diversity are everyday practices and should be embraced to foster our democratic discourse in including and representing as much perspectives as possible.

The DiEM25 Spontaneous Collective (DSC) Berlin provided an input on the topic of Multiparty Politics. The debate will go on: Should we found the first exclusively pan European Party? This question is crucial when thinking about strategies to put our agenda to the ballot boxes at the European elections of 2019! Of course endorsing candidates or parties in the elections are the other possibilities, as we recently did in the French and English elections. It’s clear for us that we will put an end to the politics of “There Is No Alternative” (TINA) and challenge the national phlegmatism of Lexiteers. We therefore say “TATIANA” (That Astonishingly There Is AN Alternative!) to Angela Merkel, Wolfgang Schäuble, Jean-Claude Juncker and everybody else: The European New Deal!

The DSC Belgrade later asked: How to deal with the European New Deal? And presented answers like “With the European New Deal paper we are able to embrace the robot army appearing on the horizon and let them work for us.” We are going to put forth green investments and finally regulate the banking sector. We are going to provide a job guarantee, basic goods and social housing for everybody.

In other workshops we pointed out that art should question the morality of the public and shift the thinking of people. Art as a fundamental form of societal and political expression will be at the heart of DiEM25 (DiEM25 Voice). Furthermore we learned about the peculiarities of the French elections from DSC Lyon and the history of the disintegration of Yugoslavia through an economic crisis from DSCs Ljubljana and Belgrade.

We also exchanged our ideas for a European Constitution after an input from DSC Asturias and elaborated on: “Let’s democratise Innovation and Production!” With a political framework for the encouragement of free and open source products that will empower us to become smart citizens instead of being controlled by overbearing smart cities. During the last panel we concluded that it’s about time to form a truly democratic European demos and put our ideas into practice.

We closed these incredible two days and twelve hours of workshops with a dinner at a Croatian Restaurant in Berlin. We thank all participants for the sparkling atmosphere, splendid talks and valuable inputs. We will very eagerly work on our policies and ideas, together with our new friends from all over Europe.

Some more impressions about the whole event are provided in this Video:

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