Why are we running this project?
There is very little comprehensive information on the socio-economic profile, differentiated educational experiences, and expectations of refugees. This is particularly true for the women among them. The public debate on the integration and participation of refugees in education, work, and society increasingly focuses on women. However, there is considerable uncertainty among representatives of governments and civil society with regard to the appropriate approach to take. Furthermore, the diversity of female refugees, such as their different lifestyles, (academic) qualifications, professions, age, or family status, has hardly been taken into account. While it is true that the special discrimination against female refugees and the associated obstacles to self-determined participation are discussed, they are not analyzed in greater detail, neither in qualitative nor in quantitative terms.
What are our goals?
Women’s Science aims to include female refugees in the scientific process so as to allow these new members of our society to participate in the enormous power of definition that science has to offer. This scope for action is to give female refugees a voice in the public space to promote discussion and educational processes in the communities and to advise lawmakers and administrative institutions.
How does the project work?
In a first step, the project focuses on connecting female refugees and forming one or more groups of co-researchers. Next, the co-researchers – scientifically supported by the project team – will exchange ideas on relevant topics, develop questions, and determine a research design. This concept is then used by the co-researchers to conduct their own survey among female refugees in different communities. To conclude the project, the findings of these surveys will be presented to the general public.
Who are the target groups?
The project is targeted at female refugees. An academic background is not required. The project aims to empower, connect, and support women with refugee experience to independently formulate and publicize their needs as well as social and political goals.
Where is the project run?
In Berlin, Germany.
Who organizes and supports the project?
Minor – Projektkontor für Bildung und Forschung, a Berlin-based research institute, is run by an interdisciplinary and intercultural team. Diverse, committed, and scientifically sound, Minor works with and for socially marginalized groups. Active in Germany and transnationally, the institute focuses on research projects, program and project consulting, further education, networking activities, and model project development.