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Enhancing Artistic Skills of Yazidi Girls in the Sharya Camp

StatusFinished
Period30/11/1831/03/19

Description

This project is part of the impact-related activities of the GBV and Displacement (ESRC, 2016-2018). Like the previous one, the project adopts a co-produced knowledge approach engaging a group of Yazidi girls and women with a creative artistic process and encourage them to connect with their feelings, express their difficulties and explore the thought processes behind them. It aims to: engage the Yazidi girls in a sustainable artistic process accompanying them as co-producers of creative activities during and after the work; to enhance the creative capacity of the Yazidi girls and enable them to train as art tutors and guide their community members and other girls and women, who did not have the chance to take part in the previous research project. This will have an immediate and long-term therapeutic impact on both the participants and their community, helping them to overcome their emotional and psychosocial difficulties and move forward towards a positive future. In addition to working with the community groups and our partners to put into place a legacy plan to define the parameters of future activity, the project seeks to strengthen services and capacity building; increase mobility, visibility and networking; reaching out to international forums and aid organisations and expanding the learning and impact beyond the group; the project aims to contribute to the legal recognition of the Yazidi genocide case towards establishing justice.

Background information about the Yazidis: The Yazidis are a religious Kurdish community who have been living in the Mesopotamia and the Asia Minor for thousands of years. Because they did not embrace any monotheist religion and succeeded in keeping their ancient belief alive, they have been subjected to many aggressions, consecutive wars, mass murder, occupation and forced displacement (for more information on Yazidis, see Allison, 2001). The latest of their persecution happened at the hands of ISIS jihadists when they attacked Mosul and Sinjar regions in August 2014. The attack caused mass murder of the Yazidis, the destruction of their homes and forced the survived community to flee to the liberated Kurdistan Region's zone where they have been given shelter in recently constructed refugee camps. During this process, thousands of Yazidi girls were kidnapped, sold out as slaves in the markets in Raqqa and Mosul, and subjected to all kinds of sexual and gender related violence, including rape and sex slavery.

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  • SPS Centre for Gender and Violence Research

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