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Female Refugees in Rural Germany: A Local Aid Agency's Efforts to Build on Women's Experiences and Needs

Female Refugees in Rural Germany: A Local Aid Agency's Efforts to Build on Women's... Female Refugees in Rural Germany A Local Aid Agency’s Eff orts to Build on Women’s Experiences and Needs Ina C. Seethaler On a rainy December morning in 2015, I walked across a parking lot in Wertheim, a small rural town in southwest Germany. Stuff ed animals and children’s books in hand, I was about to meet Walter Hörnig, one of the chairpersons of a local refugee aid agency that I had contacted while visiting family during my winter break. Like many other Germans, I wanted to do more than donate money and, in addition, off er hands- on- help welcoming refugees in my native community. I expected to be asked to sort through donated clothes. Instead, I received the opportunity to meet refugee families, to challenge public assumptions about refugees, and to refl ect on displacement from a feminist perspective. Th e idea behind Walter’s and my house visits that morning was for me to introduce myself to refugee families so that, over the next weeks, I could of- fer to return to the apartments into which they had moved as part of a re- settlement program to take kids on excursions or help with everyday tasks that demanded http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies uni_neb

Female Refugees in Rural Germany: A Local Aid Agency's Efforts to Build on Women's Experiences and Needs

Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies , Volume 40 (2) – Jul 25, 2019

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Abstract

Female Refugees in Rural Germany A Local Aid Agency’s Eff orts to Build on Women’s Experiences and Needs Ina C. Seethaler On a rainy December morning in 2015, I walked across a parking lot in Wertheim, a small rural town in southwest Germany. Stuff ed animals and children’s books in hand, I was about to meet Walter Hörnig, one of the chairpersons of a local refugee aid agency that I had contacted while visiting family during my winter break. Like many other Germans, I wanted to do more than donate money and, in addition, off er hands- on- help welcoming refugees in my native community. I expected to be asked to sort through donated clothes. Instead, I received the opportunity to meet refugee families, to challenge public assumptions about refugees, and to refl ect on displacement from a feminist perspective. Th e idea behind Walter’s and my house visits that morning was for me to introduce myself to refugee families so that, over the next weeks, I could of- fer to return to the apartments into which they had moved as part of a re- settlement program to take kids on excursions or help with everyday tasks that demanded

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Published: Jul 25, 2019

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