Grundtvig Learning Partnership

Grundtvig Objective being addressed:

Specific: To help provide adults with pathways to improving their knowledge and competences. Operational: To assist people from vulnerable social groups and in marginal social contexts, in particular, older people and those who have left education without basic qualifications, in order to give them alternative opportunities to access adult education. Also supports the European Year of Volunteering, 2011.

Project: Women, Integration, Crafts and Networking

Offical web site: http://wi-can.vifin.dk/
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/#!/wican.eu

Theme: The project's theme is integration of socially at-risk migrant women through cooking and nutrition, crafts (e.g. sewing and needlework) and cultural exchange. The activities are foreseen to promote informal learning, networking and cultural understanding among the participants.

The project will also seek the active participation of volunteers.

Rationale: Across Europe , a large number of migrants are socially isolated, and are therefore more difficult to reach through traditional integration initiatives. This group of migrants are isolated mainly because they are unemployed, uneducated and without professional training, and they lack the necessary language skills to hold a job or to take part in everyday life activities. The majority of this group is women.

Moreover, many immigrant women come from cultures and generations where it is customary for women (or wives) stay at home and take care of household tasks.

Women are a key factor in integration efforts. Studies by the Danish Immigration Service show that mothers who are successfully integrated raise children who do better in school and later on in the labour market (1).

Integration efforts aimed at women not only strengthen the opportunities of the women themselves to get a job or an education; it also improves the integration of their children.

Employment plays a significant role in the integration of refugees and immigrants and it is interrelated with social isolation. However, a recent survey (2) by the Danish Ministry for Refugee, Immigration and Integration Affairs show that 34,8 % of immigrant women (between the ages of 16-64 and from non-Western countries) were outside the Danish labour market, either temporarily or permanently as of January 2009. 21,5 % of immigrant men from this group were outside the labour market. In comparison, only 7,6 % of ethnic Danish women and 6,4 % of ethnic Danish men in this age group were outside the labour market. Thus, it is important to initiate efforts to get these women out of the comfort of their own homes and their own circle of migrants who come from their own countires. This is among the reasons why many women - even if they have been settled in the country for many years (10 years and over) are not integrated in the local society and are not able to speak the local language.

In many European societies, having a network is very important. A network can help open doors to jobs, help migrants in navigating in government bureaucracy and functioning in the local society. Denmark , for example, is known to be a society that values one's involvement in clubs and associations. There are a lot of local folk who are willing to do volunteer work or be mentors to the socially-challenged group. The project intends to tap local women volunteers who would function as mentors and culture bearers.

It is an accepted fact that food is a good medium in promoting cultural understanding. Likewise most women are very interested in cooking and handicrafts. The project therefore will be using food and handicrafts (knitting, sewing, jewelry making) to encourage the migrant women to participate in the project.


General objective:

The project aims at facilitating the integration of women who are socially marginalised due to cultural barriers or unemployment by establishing social networks in which the women can participate in group activities such as cooking, nutritional health education and information, sewing and needlework, and cultural activities in general.

The project intends to create a space where these women can meet and share their experiences and cultures with other women. Both ethnic Danes and migrant women will be recruited to act as volunteer role models.

Specific objectives:

  1. To organize and hold club evenings in the partner countries where the participants can meet and participate in the planned activities.
  2. To engage ethnic minority women and other women in discussions about culture.
  3. To create local networks of migrant women that establishes contact with local women who possess the relevant knowledge and skills to act as mentors or role models.
  4. To promote volunteering in a European perspective.
  5. To create a "travelling team" with participants from the partner countries. The team will visit the partner countries to present the products of the club evenings.
  6. To produce one digital publication on food, its cultural significance and recipes from the countries of the migrants and the countries represented in the partnership.
  7. To produce a collection of needlework products (or other types of handmade products) in each partner country.

Target groups:

The project targets migrant women who are socially marginalised and lack a social network. These women may be unemployed, have little or no education, and they may lack sufficient skills in the Danish language.

In the Danish context, migrant women categorized as belonging to "match group 4" by the Danish National Labour Market Authority is a more specific target group. This group usually has additional problems to unemployment, such as none or few professional qualifications, little or no education, and poor physical or mental health. Migrants are overrepresented in this group.


  1. Club evenings: The women will be invited to a weekly or monthly club evening. Each evening will have a different theme, such as cooking and nutritious health or sewing. A role model will be invited to give a presentation on a topic related to the theme - or, for example, to teach the participants how to prepare a traditional dish of the partner country.
  2. City events - for example "Vejle by Night" or a cultural evening.
  3. International Culture Days in partner countries (to be held to coincide with partner meeting).


The final products from the club evenings could be:

  1. A digital publication of food, its cultural significance and recipes from different countries
  2. A collection of needlework products
  3. A "pointing book" relating to needlework and/or cooking. A "pointing book" consists of images with words and sentences and facilitates communication with people who lack skills in Danish (or the language taught).
  4. A website


The primary method of the project is informal learning via group activities and cultural events and fairs. The participants exchange knowledge and skills with each other and with the role models as they work together on the final products.

Additional methods may be the use and/or the development of "pointing books" and the Forum Theatre method.

Coordinator: Denmark

Partners: UK , Germany , Spain , Turkiye , Bulgaria

(1) http://www.nyidanmark.dk/da-dk/Integration/fokuspaakvinder/kvindeprogrammet/nydanske_kvinders_ressourcer_i_fokus.htm
(2) " Tal og fakta om integration: Befolkning, uddannelse, beskæftigelse" (Figures and facts on integration: Population, education, employment). Published by the Danish Ministry of Refugee, Immigration and Integration Affairs in September 2010. Available at (retrieved 20.01.2011).

Proje Hareketlilikleri, Katılımcı Seçim Kriterleri ve Başvuru Şekli

Proje Hareketlilik Sayısı: 12 hareketlilik (6 personel, 6 öğrenici)

Personel : İlan metnini indiriniz. Metne ek olarak sunulan FORM DİLEKÇE yi doldurarak hareketlilik tarihinden 1 ay önce Dernek Yönetimi'ne sununuz.

Öğrenici  : İlan metnini indiriniz. Metne ek olarak sunulan FORM DİLEKÇE yi doldurarak hareketlilik tarihinden 1 ay önce Dernek Yönetimi'ne sununuz.
Projenin Çıktıları

Ortak Çıktılar:

  1. Cookbook
  2. Intercultural Quilts
  3. WI-CaN website
  4. Story Telling Women's Group Story Book
  5. Somali Cookbook
  6. Wi-Can (Vejle, DK) Facebook Group

Derneğimizce Üretilen Çıktılar:

  1. Local meetings of the project - Adana (total 6)
  2. Information meeting about the project for all members - Adana (total 2)
  3. Information meeting about the project meetings program for participants - Adana (total 7)
  4. A presentation about migrant woman's status in Turkey and Adana
  5. A questionnaire about disabled woman's barriers on their daily life
  6. Allocated a rayon at municipal folk bazaar for woman immigrants who skilled hand craft
  7. Dissemination meeting with other associations and Cukurova Woman Platform - Adana (total 3)
  8. Representation for migrant woman in the City Council by Our Association
  9. Interwiev with Students
  10. Presentation about the Association
  11. A Special Presentation for Cigkofte Dinner and Culture of Siragecesi
" Bu proje T.C. Avrupa Birligi Bakanligi, AB Egitim ve Gençlik Programlari Merkezi Baskanliginca ( Ulusal Ajans http://www.ua. go v .tr ) yürütülen Hayatboyu Ögrenme Programi kapsaminda ve Avrupa Komisyonu'ndan saglanan hibeyle gerçeklestirilmistir. Ancak burada yer alan görüslerden Ulusal Ajans veya Avrupa Komisyonu sorumlu tutulamaz."


www.trder.org    www.trder.org.tr    rehabilitasyonder@hotmail.com    05324454997