Sichere Wiesn celebrates 15th Anniversary!

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A look at Sichere Wiesn and how its grown

Sichere Wiesn was set up to help women who have lost their friends and don’t know where to go, are being stalked or harassed, have been sexually assaulted, or just need a safe space to get away from the madness.

Since its modest beginnings, this organization has grown its reputation and influence despite resistance from the Oktoberfest organizers (read: breweries). They don’t want to admit that while Oktoberbest is fun for most, this huge event also presents safety problems every year, especially for girls and women.

Kristina Gotlöber, the Sichere Wiesn director, gave me some interesting background on the organization. In its first year (2003), it helped 28 women. Last year, it assisted 216 – a huge jump. That shows that more people know about the check point and are not afraid to go there for help. Some of that awareness comes from the flyers we distribute to tourist hotels each year.

Some more interesting facts from last year: Of the 216 girls and women who sought help from Sichere Wiesn, 9 had experienced or been threatened with sexual assault; 9 had been physically assaulted; 127 had lost friends or valuables (handbags, mobile phones, hotel keys) and were not able to get back home without assistance. In addition, there were 35 cases of alcohol abuse and 36 “other” cases, such as psychological crises and traumatization.

The oldest client at the Sichere Wiesn last year was 72, the youngest 15. The vast majority are under 30.

Interestingly – and this is one more reason to support this great cause – the largest single group of clients was American women! Some 41 Americans got assistance from Sichere Wiesn in 2016. More than half of all of its clients are foreigners (121), and the counselors speak English half of the time.

To raise awareness among young women and men about Sichere Wiesn, Kristina and her colleagues conduct the „Pausenhofprojekt“ every year. They go to schools around Munich and do presentations about safety on the Wiesn. Since starting this project a few years ago, they have been to 16 schools and reached out to 3,000 girls and 2,400 boys.

Kristina expects an even larger number of clients this-coming October, both due to rising awareness – there was even an article in the Süddeutsche Zeitung about it! – and the fact that the Wiesn is one day longer.

If you want to learn more about Sichere Wiesn, check out the website, or better yet, drop by the check point during one of its open houses. It will have two of them during the Oktoberfest – dates and times to be announced. I will update everyone about it in the Evite.
After the Wiesn, there will be a formal celebration at the Rathaus, and, as a long-time supporter, we’ll be invited to join. More details coming.

Your Sichere Wiesn Coordinator


Sichere Wiesn Action – September 15

Sichere Wiesen – a safer Octoberfest for girls and women!

Sichere Wiesen offers a safe haven at Octoberfest for girls and women from around the world.  Please help us to support it!
When: Friday, September 15th near Hauptbahnhof

Oktoberfest time is rolling around soon, and that means it’s time for the Sichere Wiesn action. Our job is to pass out flyers to local hotels and hostels just in time for Oktoberfest, so that female guests know about it. As usual, we’ll split up into small groups with Sichere Wiesn staff and distribute flyers to hotels in the city center.

For those of you who are new to AAUPW — our club supports this valuable non-profit organization which provides a security point at the Oktoberfest grounds for women and girls who need help.  Please sign up and volunteer to help. It just takes a little more than an hour.

An Evite Reminder will be sent out closer to the date


My Grandmother asked me . . . , The History of Bees

Book Club – Fall 2017

The next book club meeting will be Wednesday, September 13th at 7pm.  We will be discussing the following  books this fall.

Our first book for the September meeting:  My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry  is a charming, warmhearted novel from the author of the New York Times bestseller A Man Called Ove. It is a story about a seven year old girl and her seventy-seven year old grandmother, life and death and the right to be different.

Our second book: The History of Bees, A Novel by Maja Lunde.  In the spirit of Station Eleven and The History of Bees book cover
Never Let Me Go, this dazzling and ambitious literary debut follows three generations of beekeepers from the past, present, and future, weaving a spellbinding story of their relationship to the bees—and to their children and one another—against the backdrop of an urgent, global crisis.   England, 1852. William is a biologist and seed merchant, who sets out to build a new type of beehive—one that will give both him and his children honor and fame.   United States, 2007. George is a beekeeper fighting an uphill battle against modern farming, but hopes that his son can be their salvation…

Not yet scheduled: Egalia’s Daughters: A Satire of the Sexes by Gerd Brantenberg.  An interesting thought-provoking satire on gender roles and in particular the fortunes of one “masculinist” boy who tries to fight against the oppression of his gender. It’s an upside-down society, in which men are repressed and taken advantage of, and women have all the power.  

The Founding Gardeners: How the Revolutionary Generation created an American Eden by Andrea Wulf .
The follow up to the award-winning and critically acclaimed history of British gardening, this is the story of how George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and James Madison’s passion for nature, plants, agriculture and gardens shaped the birth of America. The Founding Gardeners offers a fascinating look at the revolutionary generation from the unique and intimate perspective of their lives as gardeners, plantsmen and farmers.

For more information, contact our club president at:


Let’s Dance! – for a more joyful and friendly Germany!

Dance Flash Mob in city center for a more tolerant Germany

Dance MobDance Mob for a joyful Germany that enjoys its ever greater diversity of people!
When: July 16th at 11 am at Max-Joseph-Platz!

Vor der Oper or in front of the Opera in the center of Munich will be  the scene of a “dance flash mob” against racism and for tolerance organized by young people. Join  us and take part in the celebration. Wear or bring something that tells who you are, what you enjoy, what you believe in. Let’s dance to the music of Mazel Tov, the great Klezmer band. For more information visit Dance Mob on Facebook.

Terry Swartzberg – Campaigns healing, enlightening and enthralling the World  Dance Mob: 16.7.2017 um 11 Uhr am Max-Joseph-Platz