From September 28 to October 1, 2018, the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation and Alsharq e.V. hosted the conference “Connecting Resistances: Emancipatory Activism in West Asia, North Africa and Germany”. A total of 50 activists, journalists, and academics from different countries and areas came together to discuss local issues and the resulting resistances, as well as to work on new mutual-support strategies. Relevant topics from the different contexts included activism in authoritarian contexts; feminism and youth movements; migration policies and state militarization efforts as well as the perspectives of activism in exile. Also discussed was how transnational solidarity might look, taking into account the power gap between the regions and the actors.
Anne-Linda Amira Augustin, a member of the Forum, attended the conference and talked about the impact of international and European policies on activists in Yemen, especially in South Yemen.