Community University Engagement Sustain Fund (CUES)
Resilience Toolkit – Syrian refugee & Newcomer Women
Syrian refugee women in the Lower Mainland experience numerous barriers and challenges to wellbeing and belonging. In engaging with them, PICS has witnessed their vulnerability and the complex hardships they experience including bullying, cruelty and discrimination. Visibly different religious signifiers, language barriers and new social role expectations all collide as these women find their ways toward belonging in largely-secular British Columbian society. Because Syrian women have come in relatively large numbers in the past short while, they also encounter stereotyping, resistance from anti-refugee groups and individuals, and a shortage of services in relation to re-finding resilience and a sense of belonging. Syrian women in Surrey are particularly in need of support and spaces for dialogue because they are being settled in communities that were largely South Asian just a few years ago.
Start date: January 2, 2020 End date: June 30, 2021