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Englisch_Brochure “Starting below Zero”

This brochure is aimed at you, living in a refugee camp and it contains a lot of practical information. It is also aimed at people who support you. In the following pages you will find quotes, explanations, lists of addresses of useful organizations, as well as empowering phrases and illustrations. The lists of addresses do not by far cover all the many initiatives and organizations that offer support and counseling, but we tried to give an overview. The main topics covered in this brochure are health and care, legal counseling (also regarding discrimination) and information on topics that are specific to women*.

This brochure is also available in Arabic, Farsi, Kurmanci and Albanian and German.

The idea for this brochure comes from a project that studied the situation of women* living in refugee camps in Berlin. The project took place in 2015/2016 and was a cooperation between students and teachers at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology of the Free University in Berlin and the group “International Women Space”. During this project, experiences demands and needs of women in camps were collected and published in the book “Living in Refugee Camps in Berlin- Women’s Perspectives and Experiences”. As this was accessible mostly to an English-speaking and academic public and did not benefit primarily those women whose stories and experiences were essential for the creation of the book, we decided to create this brochure. Apart from the experiences narrated by the women who were part of the first project, this brochure was shaped by the experiences that trixiewiz e.V. made during their empowerment-trainings in different refugee camps in Berlin. We hope that this brochure can give something back to those women* who were involved in creating the first project. This brochure was created in cooperation with trixiewiz e.V -, International Womenspace e.V. and with funding from Aktionsfond IKMO, Frei-Zeit-Haus e.V and Bundesprogramm Demokratie Leben! aims to go beyond the documentation of problems by giving an overview of helpful organizations and empowering options to deal with common problems. This brochure is the result of a collaboration between students, migrant organizations and women* with experiences of flight and/or migration.