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Ewa Strzelecka receives Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship

1 September 2021
Anthropologist Ewa Strzelecka has received a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship to conduct research at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam for the coming two years on the ‘Peace Women Project: Rethinking Peace-building: women, revolution, exile and conflict resolution in Yemen’.

The PeaceWomen project is a study of women, revolution, forced migration and peacebuilding in Yemen and beyond. By focusing on the role of Yemeni women activists and refugees, it will shed light on how Yemeni women resisted their marginalisation and dealt with their disadvantaged position in and outside the country. Fieldwork will be carried out with Yemeni activists and refugees in Germany, Jordan and the Netherlands.

“The project has the potential to profoundly influence policy and politics in gender-equality, international migration, conflict-resolution and peace-building. Its impact goes beyond academic accomplishments. The topic is particularly relevant in the current context of revolutionary movements, armed conflicts, forced migration and refugee crises across the world,” Strzelecka explains.

The Peace Women project proposes, among others, a deeper, more critical understanding of the role of women in post-revolutionary conflicts and peace-building. It focuses on the case of Yemen and the consequences of the 2011 uprising that led to war and produced more than 3.62 million internally displaced people and almost 71 000 refugees and asylum seekers. Women and children make up almost 76% of displaced persons in Yemen. Strzelecka: “After years of armed conflict, Yemen remains the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. The conditions for Yemeni women and girls are continuously deteriorating. Yet, despite this, Yemeni women have been active on all levels to bring about peace.”

The MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowship will be carried out under the supervision of dr. Marina de Regt from the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology. Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions are fundings from the European Commission for researchers of all scientific disciplines to work in Europe. Individual Fellowships support the mobility of experienced researchers. The funding MSCA funding of 180.000 euros will fund Strzelecka’s research for the coming two years.

“I am deeply honoured and privileged that my project was funded,” Strzelecka reacts to the funding. “This year was especially competitive, with almost 11 600 proposals from all over the world submitted under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship Programme.”

Strzelecka is looking forward to starting her research at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. “I am extremely excited about the opportunity to join the team at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology and the Faculty of Social Sciences at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. The more I know about VU Amsterdam, the more I value it. It offers rich academic and cultural activities on topics of my research interests.”