The established interaction between the women in the facebook group allows for discussions about experiences, challenges, and success, effectively aiding in overcoming the isolation that many women face in a new place after fleeing.

Learning with Bijin

The Learning with Bijin emerged from the Facebook group of the same name, which the founder of the association, Bjeen Alhassan Bjeen Alhassan, started in 2020 after her own flight in 2014. In 2020, Bjeen Alhassan was awarded the National Integration Award for her passionate commitment to the project. The project now supports and helps over 440 refugee women.

The goal of the project is to provide refugee Kurdish and Arabic speaking women with tools that will enable them to emancipate themselves socially. This means that TOK's first wants to support the women in taking the first steps towards linguistic integration. Building on this, they are to be trained in everyday dealings with the authorities in order to motivate them step by step to achieve independence and self-sufficiency.

This goal is implemented by conducting seminars and coaching sessions led by Bjeen and external experts online and at demand-driven locations. In addition, experts are invited for interviews to provide insights into specialist areas such as law and to open up the opportunity to ask individual questions.

Beyond the content to be taught, a network-like structure will be established to enable participants to increasingly break free from family support systems that often limit autonomy. The mediated contact among the women provides an opportunity and incentive to exchange experiences, problems and successes, thus helping them to free themselves from the isolation in which women often find themselves after fleeing to a new place.

Further information on Learning with Bijin can be found on the website of the European Commission.

Further information about Learning with Bijin can be found on the website of the European Commission..