The SEREDA Project

Sexual and gender-based violence against refugees: experiences from displacement to arrival

The SEREDA Project (SExual and gender-based violence against Refugees: Experiences from Displacement to Arrival), funded by the Wellcome Trust, Volkswagen Stiftung and Riksbankens Jubileumsfond through the Europe and Global Challenges Initiative, is a major new research initiative that will be undertaken in the United Kingdom, Australia, Sweden and Turkey by a multi-country research team (University of Birmingham, University of Melbourne, Uppsala University and Bilkent University).

The research will increase understanding of the incidence and nature of sexual and gender-based violence experienced by refugees fleeing unrest in the Levant Region (with a focus on Syria and Iraq), to strengthen mechanisms for recognising and recording the extent of sexual and gender-based violence, and for providing appropriate responses – from the time of displacement, whilst in transit, and upon resettlement. The project will examine how the health and social consequences of sexual and gender-based violence are identified and treated, and how they shape inequalities in life chances in different countries of refuge.

The project is being conducted in partnership with national and international NGOs providing services and support to refugees who have experienced violence, including the Women’s Refugee Commission, Doctors of the World, Foundation House and the (Turkish) Association for Solidarity with Asylum Seekers and Migrants.

RESEARCHERS

Bernadette McSherry [Melbourne Social Equity Institute, UoM]

Cathy Vaughan [Centre for Women’s Health, Gender & Society, Faculty of Medicine, Dental and Health Sciences, UoM]

Karen Block [Jack Brockhoff Child Health and Wellbeing Team, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, UoM]

Jenny Phillimore [University of Birmingham, UK]

Lisa Goodson [University of Birmingham, UK]

Hoayda Darkal [Univeristy of Birmingham, UK]

Hannah Bradby [Uppsala University, Sweden]

Saime Ozcurumez [Bilkent University, Turkey]

Selina Kyuz  [Bilkent University, Turkey]

PhD Candidates

Hala Nasr  [University of Melbourne]

Sara Alsaraf [University of Birmingham, UK]

Sandra Pertek [University of Birmingham, UK]

Sian Thomas [University of Birmingham, UK]