Refugee Women – The Void in the Current Refugee Discourse

Wann: 11.02.2016

During the last months the term “refugee crisis“ has determined political and media debates around motives for flight, refugee quota and refugee camps in Europe and Germany.

Fifty percent of all refugees around the world are women and girls. They often flee within the same state or seek asylum inbordering countries. Most refugees arriving here in Germany are men, women only make up approx. 25 percent. Gender and desire are hardly ever spoken of in public discussions and are almost nevertaken into account when it comesto accommodation for refugee women.

Motives for flight and migration are very diverse. However, there are experiences of abuse and persecution that effect women in particular. What causes women to escape from their homes? What are the consequences of the current asylum legislation in Germany? What problems do refugee women face when fleeing and/or arriving at refugee accommodations in Germany? How could feminist support in Hamburg’s refugee camps be organized and what is needed? Activists and experts from both theoretical and practical fields are going to discuss these and similar questions on February 11th, 2016 at a panel discussion with:

• Women in Exile (Initiative of refugee women who are active in and outside of Brandenburg since 2002)
• Prof. Dr. Sabine Hess (Migration and border regimestudies, University of Göttingen)
• Prof. Dr. Encarnación Gutiérrez Rodríguez (Migration and Gender, Universityof Gießen)
• Prof. Dr. Lydia Potts (AG Migration – Gender – Politics,University of Oldenburg)

Anchor: Katrin Jäger (Journalist)

There will be simultaneous‚ mumbling‘ translations for English, Arabicand other languages. For inquiries for sign language please contact: We are happy to coverall needs as well as we can. The room is wheelchair accessible.

Organized by the equal opportunity commissioner’s team of the Faculty of Business, Economics & Social Sciences at the University of Hamburg.

Panel discussion · University of Hamburg · 11th of February, 2016 7 - 9pm · Von-Melle-Park 9, 20146 Hamburg · Room S 30