In an Eurozine article Drakulic writes about the incidents in Cologne on New Year’s Eve, when women were attacked by the immigrants. She posits a very interesting question: are women’s rights the perfect excuse to stop immigration? This seems even more absurd when one looks at the statistics: 25 per cent of women in Germany will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. Besides, most women are beaten and raped by someone they know, a man close to home.
The main issue surrounding the ugly events on New Year’s Eve in Cologne soon turned out not to be the assault of women per se, but the fact that perpetrators were, in police parlance, of “Arab and north-African appearance”.
However, writes Slavenka Drakulic, it may well be that the tears of the women in Cologne that night bring bigger changes to Germany and Europe than anyone could have anticipated, least of all the women themselves.
Read the whole article here.
On the 15th and 16th of January Slavenka Drakulic is taking part in the events at the Writers Unlimited international festival in The Hague.
As it is stated on the official website: On the Festival, the public can bask in the cosmopolitan atmosphere, have conversations with authors about favourite books or films, and find inspiration in readings, debates and discussions. Bearing the slogan “Hello Darkness,” the 21st edition of the festival goes in search of the face of evil: light and dark, serious and silly, big themes or the human dimension.
Authors at this year’s festival include: Karl Ove Knausgård (Norway), Adonis (France/Syria), Jung Chang (China), Neel Mukherjee (India), György Dragomán (Romania), Adriaan van Dis (Netherlands), Alaa Al Aswani (Egypt), Andrej Koerkov (Russia), Jennifer Clement (USA), Joanna Bator (Poland), José Eduardo Agualusa (Angola), Michael Krüger (Germany), Petina Gappah (Zimbabwe), Slavenka Drakulić (Croatia), Susan Neiman (USA), P.F. Thomése (Netherlands) and Maud Vanhauwaert (Belgium).
More information at: http://www.writersunlimited.nl/en/edition/winternachten-2016