Philanthropists, Professionals and Feminists: Refugee NGOs and the Empowerment of Syrian Women in Gaziantep, Turkey

Keysan A. O., ŞENTÜRK B.

INTERNATIONAL MIGRATION, vol.59, no.1, pp.143-164, 2021 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 59 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/imig.12728
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, International Bibliography of Social Sciences, American History and Life, Geobase, Historical Abstracts, Political Science Complete, Public Affairs Index, Social services abstracts, Sociological abstracts, Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
  • Page Numbers: pp.143-164
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


The diversification of gender-based priorities and the necessities of refugees have led refugee NGOs to launch activities specifically for women, or urged women-only NGOs to take action particularly for refugee women in Turkey. Drawing upon a qualitative research in Gaziantep in Turkey, which host a large population of Syrian refugees, this study seeks to answer the question "How effective are NGOs in empowering Syrian refugee women in Turkey?" It is argued that NGOs working in the provision of assistance to refugees cannot be treated as a homogeneous group in terms of the degree and form of their influences on the empowerment of refugee women, and the individual NGO's standpoints may shape their effects. Data from interviews with NGO representatives and Syrian women who have received support from NGOs indicate that the NGOs' perceptions of women's issues and their contribution to the empowerment of women are closely linked to their type.