Conference on Women refugees

Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 10:00 to Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 18:00

"Women and Minority Refugees: Another Perspective to the Crisis"

18-19 February 2016


DAY 1: 18-02-2016 GIZA Meeting room, Hotel Point Taksim

09:00-11:00 Panel 1 - the condition of women refugees: proposals and solutions

Moderator: Özgül Kapdan from KADAV Organisation

Welcome Speech: Zita Gurmai, PES Women President and Laura Slimani, YES President

  • Kati Piri, Member of the European Parliament (S&D, NL) and Rapporteur on Turkey
  • Filiz Kerestecioğlu, HDP Member of Parliament
  • Sabine Freizer, UN Women Policy Adviser on Women, Peace and Security
  • Zena Bitar, Syrian Democratic People’s Party
  • Barbara Harrell Bond, Professor at Oxford University

The objective of the panel is to take stock of the challenges and obstacles women refugees come across, but more importantly to hear from the panellist and exchange with participants on concrete examples of solutions, programmes, support mechanisms and projects that help women overcome the challenges and difficulties they come across when being on the road, when living in refugee camps, or trying to settle somewhere.

Closing speech: How to address and how to check the use of EU refugee aid in Turkey

  • Knut Fleckenstein, Vice-President S&D Group and Member of European Parliament  

11.00-11.15: Coffee Break 

11.15-13.00: Panel 2 Education in refugee camps; key for empowerment

 Moderator: Conny Reuter , Secretary General of SOLIDAR

  • Gülsün Bilgehan CHP Member of Parliament
  • Merve, Human Resource Development Foundation
  • Richard Howitt, Member of European Parliament (S&D, UK), Coordinator

Committee on Foreign Affairs, Coordinator

  • Dala Salameh, Fateh Party 

The objective of the panel is to implement good practice about how we might improve learning and expand education opportunities for refugees around the world. But more importantly to hear from the panellist and exchange with participants on concrete examples of programmes and projects that support education in refugee camps.

13.00-14.00: Sandwich Lunch

14.00-18:00: Field Visit

First visit at KADAV Offices

Second visit at ASAM Organisation


DAY 2: 19-02-2016 PETRA Meeting room, Hotel point Taksim

10.00-12.00: Workshop on Asylum policies for LGBTI minorities

Moderator: Jose Santoro, Secretary General of RAINBOW ROSE 

  • Joel Lederoff, Rainbow Rose
  • Icel Ecel, Gender non-conforming Association
  • Hayriye Kara, Kaos GL Association
  • Joël Lederoff, Rainbow Rose
  • Sedef Çakmak, CHP Beşiktaş Municipality Mayorial Advisor and SPoD’s Board Member
  • Cihan Huroglu, LGBTİ Coordinator for Friedrich Erbert Turkey Office

Short testimony-experiences by refugees:

  • Anoosh Movahed
  • ARAP (Arab refugees group in Turkey)

11.00-11.15: Coffee Break

12.00: Closures

GPF in the World: