This project is part of the research-intervention-cluster "Shifting Solidarities?" which is funded by the Federal Government’s Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration.
The project "reWoven" wants to analyse processes of solidarisation of female volunteers with refugee women. By working on underlying consequences of violence experience on both sides, the aim is to develop practical interventions. Refugee women have, in many cases, made experiences of gender-specific violence – in their home countries, during their displacement, as well as in the shelters in Europe; experiences of war and political violence, genderspecific and sexualized, as well as domestic violence. Female volunteers may have also had experiences of gender-specific discrimination and violence, and therefore decided to get involved with refugee women.
It is this point in the relationship between refugee women and female volunteers that the Dialogue Project wants to address. Through explorative field-work and 360° interviews on site, we want to find out: What offers do refugee women accept from volunteers, what offers are still missing? What expectations do refugee women have towards female volunteers – and vice versa? How do female volunteers deal with their own stress regarding their engagement with women who have experienced violence? What conflicts arise through this and how can these conflicts be solved inside the relationships, dialogically?
The output of the research phase will be the development of supervision models and dialogue projects in refugee shelters, in which experiences of gender-specific violence and discrimination can be discussed in a safe setting. Through an open dialogue on these experiences, the women involved can transform potentially traumatizing experiences into resources, and in this way, develop possibilities of participation.