A Feminist Perspective on Europe
Our work on Europe
Cooperation with the Queer European Asylum Network
The Gunda-Werner-Institut partners with the Queer European Asylum Network. We support the network financially and help them to organize events.
Queer asylum seekers are more often affected by violenc than the average, The violence emanates from other homophobic refugees, from family members, employees in the accomodation or right-wing extremist groups. The EU admission guideline 2013/33 states, taht the EU member states are obliged to take appropriate measures to identify and support this particularly vulnerable group of people. But neither in the EU, nor in Germany, is this directive sufficiently implemented.
The procedures to determine whether someone is homosexual, trans or inter, for example at BamF, are, as current incidents show, in the majority degrading and insulting for those affected. Even before the pandemic, collective accommodation for queer refugees sometimes resembled a kind of prison. The situation worsened with Covid.
In 2017, the GWI began to build a network together with the student of cultural studies and later employee of the Federal Foundation Magnus Hirschfeld Mohammad Dalla, which has set itself the goal of making the special situation of queer asylum seekers more visible to the wider public. The network also aims to create a dialogue between academics and political decision-makers, with the intention of significantly improving the living conditions of queer refugees. In 2019, the Queer European Asylum Network was founded under the leadership of the two scientists Mengia Tschäeler and Nina Held.
I Am Who I Say I Am - Welcome to Germany
This impressive film tells the story of QUEAN member Anbid. As an LGBTIQA+ activist, he came close to death in his home country of Bangladesh and had to flee to Germany. The film was shown at the QUEAN's CIVID-19 and Queer Asylum Symposium.
I Am Who I Say I Am – Welcome to Germany - University of SussexWatch on YouTube
The Recognition of Violence Against LGBIT* People within the Common European Asylum System
This panel of the online symposium "Recognition and Prevention of Violence against LGBTQI+ Persons on the Move" discusses the particular experiences of lesbian, intersex and transgender asylum claimants, who are often victims of gender-based violence in their country of origin, as well as upon arrival, which goes against the Istanbul Convention from 2011.