The ‘Initiative for World Solidarity Ilmenau’ (ISWI e.V.) is a non-profit incorporated society established in 1992. Its aim is to provide a voice against social injustice, racism and intolerance, as well as to promote intercultural tolerance and understanding. With this aim, our volunteers organise projects to give the participants the possibility to get informed, to think critically about current topics, to discuss them with one another and to exchange their ideas, as well as to find solutions to existing issues.  Our biggest ongoing project is the ‘International Student Week in Ilmenau’ (ISWI).

If you are interested in more information on ISWI e.V. and its projects, please visit our homepage.

2007Time to thinkEducationProf. Dr. Gesine Schwan
(former president of Viadrina European University)
2009Right now!Human RightsHina Jilani
(former United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Human Rights Defenders)
2011Crossing bordersFreedomStéphane Hessel
(diplomat, ambassador, author, former French Resistance fighter and concentration camp survivor)
2013Moving YOUthYouthVandana Shiva
(Environmental and biodiversity activist, philosopher, women’s rights activist, winner of Right Livelihood Award)

Jose Antonio Abreu
(Composer, economist, politician, child care worker, activist and founder of the largest musical project in Venezuela, the Sinfónica de la Juventud Venezolana Simón Bolívar)
2015Dare to careResponsibilityJakob von Uexküll
(Writer, lecturer, activist, former member of the European Parliament and founder of the Right Livelihood Award Foundation)
2017Global Justice - A Fair(y) Tale?Global JusticeKumi Naidoo
(Human Rights Activist and Environmentalist from South Africa)