Minerva in Siria
“Reinforcing the social role of Syrian women refugees in Turkey”
Project funded by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
It is a Project based on: research activities concerning the situation of Syrian refugee women in Turkey; on Turkish, Italian, European, and international law; the organization of two thematic Seminars, in Gaziantep (March 2016) and Ankara (May 2016); and on other activities, including communication and monitoring. The aim of the Project, as well as my activities, were to identify, define and promote effective actions to strengthen the protection and role of Syrian refugee women, specifically in the host Turkish community. The Project’s thematic areas refer to dialogue on good policies in the most exposed national systems for receiving and protecting refugees, and on actions and interventions in the field of formal and informal education, overcoming cultural barriers, and accessing employment. In the first seminar in Gaziantep (16 and 17 March 2016), “Syrian Refugee Women. Educational paths, inter-cultural dialogue, employment. A road towards autonomy and capacity for recovery”, the thematic arrangement, although uniform in content, aimed above all at the socio-cultural and economic aspects connected with problems in the local urban territory.
In the second Seminar in Ankara (26 and 27 May 2016), “Syrian women refugees in Turkey. The role of the Institutions and International Cooperation to improve living standards of and social integration” we specified the results of the Seminar held in Gaziantep that generated, as well as a discussion on the specific themes, a passionate intercultural exchange on migration developments, the consequences in relation to national and European Union policies, the culture of women’s rights in society, recognition of the value of integration and social inclusion of Syrian refugees in the Turkish community. In particular:
1. a well-attended discussion between Turkish and Syrian women’s NGOs, with a lively exchange of experiences and different points of view, that focused on the tools and conditions to better manage immigration, which is a dramatic European priority;
2. a package of indications and requests, summarized in the Final Recommendations, that the Turkish and Syrian NGOs aim to send to national, European and inter-national institutions;
3. besides specific issues, the discussion generated a passionate intercultural exchange on migration developments, the consequences in relation to national and European Union policies, the culture of women’s rights in society, recognition of the value of integration and social inclusion of Syrian refugees in the Turkish community.
“Syrian refugee women. Educational paths, intercultural dialogue, employment; a road towards autonomy and capacity for recovery”
16 and 17 March 2016, Divan Hotel – Gaziantep
A list of Recommendations marked the conclusion of the 2 day successful Seminar organized by Minerva, with the support of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, in the Turkish city of Gaziantep close to the Syrian border.
The aim of the Seminar “Syrian Refugee Women. Educational paths, intercultural dialogue, employment: a road towards autonomy and capacity for recovery”. Which is based on research centering on the situation of Syrian refugee women in Turkey and Turkish,Italian,European and international law, was to identify, define and promote effective actions to strengthen the protection and the role of women refugees, specifically in the host Turkish community. The thematic areas of the project involve actions and interventions on education, both formal and informal, ovecoming ultural barriers and access to work.
Among the panelists of the Seminar: Ms FATMA ŞAHIN, Mayor of the Metropolitan Municipality of Gaziantep and former of the Ministry of Family and Social Politics in Turkey; H.E. LUIGI MATTIOLO, Ambassador of Italy to Turkey ; Mr MEHMET ALI EMINOĞLU, Turkish Prime Ministry Office; Mr NEFAT COCER, member of the Turkish Parliament and Mr PIERLUIGI SEVERI, President of Minerva.
The event took place with experts froimage1m the civil society and the Italian Institutions, with the Central Authorities of Ankara (Ministry of Education, Ministry of Labour, Ministry of Family and Social Politics) and with a large representation of the principal Turkish and Syrian Organizations which operate in Turkey and deal with Syrian refugee women.
“Syrian Women refugees in Turkey. The role of the institutions and international cooperation to improve living standards and social integration”
26 and 27 May 2016, Ankara HiltonSA
Cenni sulla Siria
La Repubblica Araba di Siria (in arabo: الجمهورية العربية السورية, al-Jumhūriyya al-ʿArabiyya al-Sūriyya ), o semplicemente Siria (in arabo: سوريا, Sūriya ), è uno Stato del Vicino Oriente, grande 185 180 km², con 23 695 000 abitanti. La sua capitale è Damasco.
Confina a nord con la Turchia, a est con l’Iraq, a sud con la Giordania, a ovest con Israele e Libano. Sempre a ovest si affaccia sul Mar Mediterraneo. La Siria è una repubblica presidenziale. La lingua ufficiale è quella araba.
In italiano il nome Siria proviene (attraverso il latino: Syria) dal greco Συρία (Syrìa); ma un tempo era diffusa anche la forma Sorìa, presa dal nome arabo del paese. Oggi di questa forma rimane traccia solo nella denominazione del gatto soriano.