Day 23
8 minutes vocational training for female refugees in Turkey

Empowering Syrian women for the future Empowering Syrian women for the future

Grow and develop visions through education

Imagine having to leave your home behind. Forced to flee to a foreign country with little more than the clothes you are wearing. This is what happened to Dua. After arriving in Izmir, she took part in a textile vocational training programme and is now a trained textile specialist. "I never thought I would be able to make beautiful things and earn a living doing something I love. Thanks to the programme, I have discovered new talents and met other women who share my passion. I've made new friends, feel more confident now and have a sense of purpose and achievement." Dua now works in a studio and is able to support her family financially.



Education and empowerment of refugee women in Izmir



The project offers premises in a protected setting to conduct courses and training to empower refugee women

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Women increase their self-confidence, creativity and social responsibility and are able to lead a self-determined life

Systemic effect


The women get better opportunities to participate in professional life and are able to develop further perspectives for themselves


Turkey has taken in over 3.6 million Syrian refugees since 2011 (UNHCR 2023). In many provinces, newly arriving Syrian refugees have not been registered since 2017. Syrian refugees in Turkey often have the status of “toleration” and therefore no rights let alone a work permit (Adoptarevolution, 2023). As a result, female Syrian refugees often experience social isolation, lack of access to education and limited economic opportunities. Social isolation can lead to increased stress, anxiety and depression, which affects the well-being of women, their children and families (Heinrich Böll Foundation, 2018). The lack of positive female role models can perpetuate the cycle of poverty and underdevelopment as it discourages the motivation and aspirations of younger generations. Furthermore, the lack of economic opportunities for women can perpetuate their marginalised status and limit their ability to contribute to their families and communities, leading to a decline in household income and economic instability (Dackweiler et al., 2020). With vocational training, Syrian women are more likely to find employment and thus achieve financial independence for themselves and their families. Regular employment leads to more than merely improving  their social status; namely to increased self-esteem and general well-being. Which in turn leads to developing a stronger sense of belonging to society. In summary, empowering Syrian women has a lasting effect on improving their own lives and the lives of their families.

The good deed

Your donation today supports a training programme in the textile sector, that includes courses in sewing, pattern making, embroidery, merchandise knowledge as well as economics and ecology. Syrian women in Izmir with a refugee background can participate. The donation will cover the costs of materials, equipment, trainers and administration. The good deed aims to empower Syrian refugee women by providing them with valuable skills, knowledge and resources. The aim is for these women to subsequently find secure employment. If they wish, they can take further courses on entrepreneurship or personal development. By achieving financial independence and contributing financially within their families and communities, the women can increase their self-esteem, social status and inclusion in society. Young Syrian generations are inspired by being given positive role models and gender stereotypes are broken down. Ultimately, the good deed contributes to building a more inclusive and equial society for all.

Buca / Izmir

About Turkey






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Turkey was one of the first countries to grant women the right to vote in 1935. Long before many countries in Central Europe (Kadritzke, N. 2005).