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About Tiye International

Tiye International Tiye International TIYE International , the umbrella NGO of 21 National Organisations of Black, Migrant and Refugee (BMR) women in the Netherlands, was established officially in 1994 and registered as a non-profit association by the Chamber of Commerce under number S 186.653. Tiye enjoys Special Consultative Status with de Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations since 1998. Origin of the Name TIYE Tiye was the name of a Nubian queen, the mother of the Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamen. She was a wise and influential woman. In the power struggles of that time, Tiye reigned as Queen-Mother and left deep prints that still can be traced in Egyptian history. She governed the country when her husband, the Pharaoh, was ill. To sustain the Pharaoh influence in his absence she not only waged wars, but continued to lead the country as long as necessary for their young son to acclaim his seat as the next Pharaoh. She coordinated state politics and influenced Egyptian art, fashion and other cultural fields. Under her rule Egypt became a powerful nation. In those days it was customary, that when a man and a woman were portrayed, the woman had to be portrayed on a lower level than the man. The Pharaoh insisted that his wife Tiye would not be portrayed beneath him on a lower level, but on the same level and height, sitting next to him, as his equal. Tiye’s opinions were so highly respected that the notables of that Age allowed her signature to appear on all documents. TIYE International is the umbrella organisation of 21 national organisations of Black, Migrant and Refugee (BRM) women in the Netherlands and was established officially in 1994. Since 1998 Tiye enjoys Special Consultative Status with the ECOSOC of the United Nations. Objectives: • Promote real equal opportunities for effective participation of Black and Migrant women in all spheres of life, in particular in economic, social, legal and political decision-making; • Promote worldwide solidarity between men and women; • Improve and enhance an effective role for BMR-women in social and economic participation, in order to enable men and women to work on equality, development and peace; • Combat racism and all other forms of discrimination in order to provide access to employment, fitting terms of employment and control over economic resources; • Combat social economic exclusion of BMR-women; • Promote collective action on national, European and international level without denying the diversity among women based on their economic and political environments, race, age and religion; • Promote interaction between women from the South who live in the North and women that live in the South. Activities: 1. Tiye International pursues these objectives by developing projects on: Supporting and stimulating the expertise of BMR-women on the field of social economic policy and decision-making and social economic issues; 2. Promoting dialogues and collective action between women in Europe; 3. Exchanging information and experiences worldwide; 4. Influencing government policy in a proactive way; 5. Participating in decision-making councils and institutions; 6. Promoting non discrimination from a human rights perspective and make forms of multiple discrimination visible. Example of recent projects: 1. ‘Diversity at Decision Making Levels (DADML)’ (youth and effective participation in governing bodies from a diversity perspective); 2. Anti racism trainings; ‘Towards a Workforce without Discrimination’ (methodology: Social and cultural sensitivity in the workplace - ESF/Equal); Sustainable development exchange program: 3. “Capacity building and poverty eradiction from a gender perspective” in cooperation with f.e. NGOs in South Africa, Somalia, Ethiopia, Ecuador and Suriname and Oxfam-Novib; Tiye International - Organisational Curriculum Vitae 4. ‘Safe at Home’ and ‘Break Through’ - Daphne I and II (prevention of domestic violence and creating violence free families). Break Through was selected as one of the 15 good practices under the Daphne I program by the European Commission. Methods: Expertise promotion and exchange, seminars, round-tables, workshops, development of innovative methodology and strategies, trainings, research, publication of manuals, position papers, newsletters, websites and audio-visual presentations. Means: To be able to accomplish these goals, Tiye International applies for co-funding through national and European budget lines; sets up (voluntary) working groups, participates in external workgroups and boards, and develops and/or carries out projects with partically paid co-ordinators. Tiye International never has been structural funded by the Dutch government. Staff: The permanent staff of Tiye exists of two staff members Furthermore and 30 voluntary members (board and representatives of the 21 organisation involved). Involvement of youth: In all activities, in the praticipating organisations, the board and the staff of young people under 30 years are involved. Some projects as the ‘Diversity at Decision Making Level’ project aims specificly at the under 30 years targetgroup. Membership of other structures: Tiye enjoys Special Consultative Status with the Economic an Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations since 1998 and is closely involved in different UN prepatory processes as well as world conferences (Women’s World Conference Beijing, Social Summit Copenhagen, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Inttolerance Durban, Second Aging Assemble Madrid, Sustainable Development Johannesburg, Micro credits Mexico). Tiye also participates in several (European and international) platforms, institutions and schemes as the European Womens Lobby, Women in Development (WIDE), CONGO (Council of NGOs), International Cross Cultural Black Women’s Institute. In all activities young people (women and men) under 30 are involved (in the Netherlands as well as in partner countries). Tiye International - Organisational Curriculum Vitae : TIYE International, de Koepel-NGO van landelijke organisaties van zwarte, migranten en vluchtelingen (zmv) vrouwen werd in 1994 geformaliseerd bij de Kamer van Koophandel en geregistreerd onder nummer S186.653. TIYE heeft sinds 1998 consultatieve status bij de Economische Sociale Raad (ECOSOC) van de Verenigde Naties. De naam TIYE TIYE is de naam van een Nubische koningin, de moeder van de Egyptische zonnegod Tutankhamon. Zij was een wijze en invloedrijke vrouw. In het machtsspel van die tijd heeft TIYE als koningin-moeder geregeerd en diepe sporen nagelaten die nu nog na te trekken zijn in de Egyptische geschiedenis. Key leader: Dr Barryl Biekman, etc.
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