Gabriele Cloeters studied Turkology and History at the University of Hamburg. Cloeters' dissertation research is titled “The perception of gender-based violence in feminist media free spaces.” Her research focuses on the feminist counter public discussion in feminist newspapers of the problem of violence against women in Turkey from the 1980s until today. Her research project was supported by the Universities Fund for Gender Equality at the University of Hamburg, where she held a graduate scholarship in the Department of Turkology. Gabriele Cloeters is also interested in current issues of integration and asylum policies as well as minority policies in Turkey.
Cloeters has been active in volunteer work in the fields of refugee integration and support of feminist policies in Germany. As a member of the football club St. Pauli in Hamburg, she was involved in several football fan projects aiming to integrate refugees socially through sports. The projects also target the general public to promote a more reasonable integration policy. Furthermore, she has been involved in a football partnership project with a women’s football team in Kenya aiming to ensure women’s rights to participate in sports.
Project: “The Gender Aspect of Syrian Migration in Turkey: Approaches of Non-Governmental-Organizations toward Female Syrian Refugees”
The results of forced migration place Syrian refugee women in an especially vulnerable position. Due to the patriarchal nature of their own communities and Turkish society, they are structurally disadvantaged and thus exposed to a range of violence and insecurities including rape, sexual abuse, and extreme impoverishment.
Using methods of the empirical science, the background of approaches on gender-based insecurities, and intersectional feminist theories, the project focuses on how and whether the situation of female refugees is taken into account by NGOs in their refugee support services. Furthermore, the project will investigate whether female refugees are integrated into the decision-making process and whether any international networks exist for the support of female refugees.
The overall aim of the project is to contribute a concrete recommendation of action for policymakers and key stakeholders regarding gender-sensitive approaches toward refugees. Additional outcomes include strengthening bilateral cooperation between Turkey and Germany, developing common action strategies, and stimulating academic exchange. By developing gender-sensitive perceptions on crisis and migration, we can improve women’s basic human rights and security and also develop long-term approaches for effective integration of refugees.
Healthcare Access for Syrian Refugees in Istanbul: A Gender-Sensitive Perspective
Syrians in Turkey
2017/18 Mercator-IPC Fellows Souad Osseiran and Gabriele Cloeters, 2016/17 Mercator-IPC Fellows Emre Üçkardeşler, Kristen Biehl, and Wiebke Hohberger, and 2015/16 Mercator-IPC Fellow Hande Paker's booklet Syrians in Turkey was published in October 2018.
Developing models for integrating refugees into society is one of the subtopics under the EU/German-Turkish relations cluster of the Mercator-IPC Fellowship Program. To this end, the “Syrians in Turkey” booklet presents a snapshot of the current situation of Syrians in Turkey and the policy responses that have been implemented since the start of their arrival. The contributing Mercator-IPC Fellows, bring the issue into focus through six policy areas: healthcare, education, labor, gender-based aspects, civil society, and social cohesion.
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Syrians in Turkey
The booklet Syrians in Turkey authored by 2017/18 Mercator-IPC Fellows Souad Osseiran and Gabriele Cloeters, 2016/17 Mercator-IPC Fellows Emre Üçkardeşler, Kristen Biehl, and Wiebke Hohberger, and 2015/16 Mercator-IPC Fellow Hande Paker, was launched with the moderation of IPC Senior Scholar and Research and Academic Affairs Coordinator Senem Aydın-Düzgit on Monday, October 8, 2018 at Salon IKSV.
Young Scholars and Early Career Academics Conference: Migration, Social Transformation and Differential Inclusion in Turkey
2017/18 Mercator-IPC Fellows Gabriele Cloeters & Souad Osseiran convened a conference titled “Migration, Social Transformation and Differential Inclusion in Turkey” on October 5-6, 2018 at SALT Galata.
The keynote speech of the conference on “Anonymous Black and Brown Bodies: The Productive Power of Europe’s Deadly Border” was given by Prof. Nicholas De Genova from the University of Houston on October 5, 2018 at IPC Karaköy.
Healthcare Access for Syrian Refugees: A Gender-Sensitive Perspective
The roundtable discussion “Healthcare Access for Syrian Refugees: A Gender-Sensitive Perspective,” convened by 2017/18 Mercator-IPC Fellows Souad Osseiran and Gabriele Cloeters, took place on May 4, 2018 at IPC Karaköy.
Welcoming of the 2017/18 Mercator-IPC Fellows
The Welcoming of the 2017/18 Mercator-IPC Fellows was held on October 16. The event marked the 6th cycle of the Mercator-IPC Fellowship Program, which is coordinated by the Istanbul Policy Center, Sabancı University and Stiftung Mercator Initiative.
The event began with welcoming remarks by IPC Director Fuat Keyman, followed by remarks from the Chairman of the Advisory Board at Stiftung Mercator, Rüdiger Frohn. The welcoming remarks were followed by a movie screening which introduced the 2017/18 Mercator-IPC Fellows Gabriele Cloeters, Souad Osseiran, Simon Waldman, Banu Karaca, Pınar Ertör Akyazı and Barış Karapınar.