We Citizens – Participation of Migrant Women in Switzerland. Discussion and Film Screening.
4 December 2015, 14:00 – 16:45 h
University of Neuchatel
Rue Abraham Louis Breguet 1, Lecture Hall 301
What is a citizen? What is a Swiss citizen? What is a migrant? Who makes decisions in a democracy? And how can migrants participate in Swiss democracy without being Swiss citizens?
The right to vote is one of the most important elements of participation in politics and society. Most migrants, however, use different ways to articulate their interests and to influence political decision-making in Switzerland. This session combines different perspectives to explore alternative forms of active political participation. Academic contributions from legal and social sciences will be complemented by first-hand accounts of a group of migrant women who share their experiences of participating in Switzerland’s democratic system. Based on these different perspectives on the subject, we will engage in a discussion on the importance and complexities of democratic participation.
Film screening “Wir Mitbürgerinnen” (We Citizens)
15:15 h, in German and French