This event has been a long time coming. The grant award from British Council that I won back in December 2016 is now coming to use, as close to 40 early career researchers from the UK and Turkey gathered in Glasgow this week to discuss the issues of refugees and gender-based violence.
The aim of the event was to encourage collaboration between UK and Turkish participants on future grant proposals and publications and to create and maintain an international network of researchers on this topic in academia, NGOs, and government organisations in the two countries.
Participants shared their experiences and research on the topic of gender-based violence and refugees, and related them to the experiences of Syrian refugees. We had researchers and invited speakers from leading universities in the UK and Turkey, as well as NGOs, governmental and intergovernmental organisations, such as United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Glasgow Violence against Women Partnership, the Health Literacy programme in Scottish Government, Scottish Refugee Council, Red Cross.
The three days of the workshop felt too short in the end for everything that we wanted to do together and the ideas that we had for moving forward. We also managed to have some fun by taking our guests to the civic reception at the Glasgow City Chambers and a great dinner at Café Source. Looking forward to the future initiatives this workshop will bring.
See more about the event here.