HasNa’s 2021 Annual Newsletter
As for much of the world, 2021 marked an inflection point for HasNa. Since launching the Turkey Refugee Response Initiative last year, HasNa has come to shift its focus to this vulnerable community, engaging academics, experts, and humanitarians whose work aims to better the lives of Turkey’s refugee population. Throughout 2021 HasNa has sought to amplify their voices through its webinars, publications, and projects. Whether by exploring the vulnerabilities faced by displaced women and girls in Turkey, or by helping refugee journalists acquire the skills to take control of their own narratives, HasNa remains committed to building bridges and facilitating positive peace in divided communities.
Understanding Gender-Based Violence Response in the Humanitarian Context in Turkey
Having already fled their homes to escape violence and persecution, refugees, asylum seekers, and other forcibly displaced people continue to face significant risks even within their countries of refuge. This is especially true for women, children, and marginalized groups such as the LGBTQ+ community. What forms does gender-based violence take within Turkey’s refugee communities, why might it happen, and what is being done to prevent it? This report aims to address these questions and more in a context that sees Turkey reeling from economic uncertainty, COVID-19, and a surge in anti-refugee rhetoric.
Cyprus: Education, Memory, and the Path to Peace
Why has peace been so hard to achieve in Cyprus? What are the main deterrents today? Drawing from expert interviews with local practitioners, peacebuilders, journalists, and academics, this report explores the necessity of inclusive education in the aftermath of conflict. It highlights areas that present organizations and individuals with opportunities to help pave a pathway towards sustainable, bicommunal peace.
HasNa’s 2020 Annual Newsletter
HasNa’s annual newsletter is a compilation of the year’s events, projects, publications, and other activities. As the novel coronavirus pandemic swept across the globe in 2020, HasNa took steps to bolster its digital engagement and focus on vulnerable communities disproportionately affected by the turmoil. Holding webinars, drafting reports, executing a direct aid campaign, and participating in local and international initiatives, HasNa has remained unwavering in its commitment to the maintenance and creation of positive peace in divided communities throughout these challenging times.
Turkish Civil Society’s Response to Refugees during COVID-19
The novel coronavirus pandemic and its economic fallout have exerted disproportionate effects on vulnerable populations across the globe. Hosting around 4 million refugees, more than any other country, Turkey has proven uniquely susceptible to the difficulties posed by the pandemic. Throughout this period, local civil society organizations have shown remarkable adaptability and creativity in serving Turkey’s refugee communities under these difficult conditions.
HasNa’s 20th Anniversary Report
Protracted conflict, the refugee crisis, and the subsequent emergence of a new wave of cultural isolationism have made integration or the effective management of diversity an important aspect of peacebuilding. Integration is necessary not only to reduce violence but also to strengthen societies and to make them more sustainable.
Syrian Refugees: The Excluded
HasNa partnered with the Kamer Foundation in Diyarbakır, Turkey to develop a needs assessment for the burgeoning Syrian refugee population living in seven provinces throughout southeastern Turkey. Based on the partnership’s questionnaire distributed to over 200 Syrian refugee women, urgent needs of refugee households were identified in the key areas of food, shelter, clothing, healthcare, and education.