The book and theatre project “Letters to Europe – Female Refugees Telling Their Stories” is asking for your contributions!

“The refugee crisis in Europe has raised tempers and become a subject of debate in almost every country. Over the course of the process, a stereotype has evolved, painting the ‘young, male and Syrian refugee’ as the typical asylum seeker. This narrative leaves little space to talk about the often widely divergent backgrounds and identities of refugees and makes it easier to ignore refugee women, children, the elderly and their needs and role in the future of Europe.”

To empower refugee women in Europe, the project team consisting of members Konstantin, Yolanda, Lea, Albert and Tom wants to encourage refugee women to share their stories, assembling them in a book and feeding it into a theatre play that will both be presented in September 2017.

How can you support the project?

  1. Write a story or put us in touch with refugee women

From April to June we will reach out to female refugees or people and organisations who are working with female refugees to collect their stories. The whole team can help with the writing process and thanks to our team member Lea, who is a future professional writer, we will then translate and edit the stories with the final objective to produce a book. Do you want to write a story? Or are you in contact with female refugees who would like to contribute? Send your story to: letters2europe@gmail.com

  1. Come to our theatre performance & book launch

We will share the stories with a broader audience through an audio-visual performance in the form of a theatre play, which will be performed at the book launch in Berlin and Brussels this fall. The book will be free of charge and we will communicate the date and venue of the play soon. To stay tuned, give us your email address and help us spread the information to (other) refugees and interested stakeholders!

  1. Spread the book!

Free copies of the book can be shared with your network and will also be handed to policymakers, NGOs, and interested European citizens. Furthermore, it will also be available in digital form on this website.

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To share your stories or thoughts, write to: letters2europe@gmail.com

Writing Guidelines for “Letters to Europe”

The next steps towards your published text

  1. First of all, thank you for participating in our project! We are happy to have you on board and are interested in hearing your opinion on Europe
  2. Topic: The topic of our book is „Writing letters to Europe“. Your message to Europe mustn’t necessarily be in form of a letter. It could also be a short story, a memory that you wrote down and would like to share with us, poems etc. Anything that fits your writing habits and the message you want to convey is just fine! We would be happy to support you with finding your subject of interest and writing the text.
  3. Language: All stories will be translated from your mother tongue into English. Of course, if it’s more convenient for you to write in English, please feel free to write in English. Please tell us beforehand if you need a translation so we can organise translators
  4. Space: Because we don’t have much space, we ask you to keep your message under 12 500 signs (blank space included)
  5. It is possible to publish the text under a pseudonym if you don’t want to share your name. Please tell us which information or name we should use.
  6. All texts and their translations will be published as a collection of stories in September 2017, alongside with a theatre play performed in Berlin and Brussels.
  7. If you have any questions, please contact us. We will accept your messages and stories as .PDF and .doc-file.
Send your stories to: letters2europe@gmail.com

This Call for Stories is part of FutureLab Europe’s “Letters to Europe – Female Refugees Telling Their Stories” project.

About Letters to Europe – Female Refugees Telling Their Stories

group 4_2Letters to Europe – Female Refugees Telling Their Stories empowers refugee women to tell their stories. As such, the project touches upon the topics of equal opportunities, European identity, and combatting stereotypes. The tri-national team will support female refugees in Spain, Germany and the Netherlands to share their stories in a book with texts in the original language and an English translation. Book presentations will be held in Berlin and Brussels and will feature a short theatre piece inspired by the book. …read more.