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Wothouq e.V.

A project from Wothouq e.V. - Women's Community Center Izmir
in Leipzig, Germany

Wothouq's project work in Izmir: the YASAMAK CENTER an open, supportive, safe and participatory space for refugees in Izmir.

Jana Brehm
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About this project

Project origin
Where European foreign policy fails, there are direct consequences for people's living conditions.
We combine theoretical inputs with practical project work. Conscious thinking AND direct action lays the foundation for positive changes and a solidarity-based transnational community.

The project
Our partner association " Yaşamak Sosyal Alan ve Dayanışma Derneği " in Izmir opened the gates of their community center in September 2020. It is an open, supportive, safe and participatory place with a strong focus on the needs and empowerment of female refugees in Izmir. Wothouq eV supports the implementation of various offers in close partnership. We offer both legal and psychosocial support and promote the implementation of basic human rights.

The "Legal & Community Center - Yasmak" (= Turkish for life) combines indispensable legal casework to protect basic rights with everyday needs in order to strengthen community structures and support.

A lawyer, a psychologist and a social worker work closely together in the center on site and can therefore take measures quickly and unbureaucratically without necessarily having to rely on referrals to other organizations or institutions. The professional interdisciplinary teamwork enables a comprehensive range of help that effectively counteracts unnecessary delays and additional administration.

Background information
Turkey continues to host the largest number of refugees in the world - over four million - 3.6 million of them from Syria alone.
From March 2016 when the EU-Turkey Agreement came into effect until the end of 2018, approximately 2.4 million asylum seekers have come to Europe, and at the same time (by the end of 2018) there had already been over four million registered persons seeking international protection in Turkey. The Agreement transformed Turkey from being a transit country for refugees on route to Europe to the host of one of the world’s biggest refugee population.

Besides all the legal and structural gaps, females* are even further marginalised and discriminated against on base of their gender. At the same time, their daily lives are already marked by particular hardship, enormous challenges, and responsibility to sustain their families’ survival and well-being. As a result of lacking basic social, psychological and legal assistance, many of them are denied the tools required to tackle daily life issues and to develop a dignified, secure, and self-determined future.