Zahra Khazai has received the Mosaic 2.0 grant to start her PhD research. Congratulations!

The PhD scholarship program is aimed at the group of graduates with a migration background from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central and South America and Turkey, who are underrepresented in the Netherlands. With this, Mosaic 2.0 aims to promote the further development of an inclusive work environment within Dutch universities.

APH researcher Zahra Khazai (junior researcher and project coordinator for Women and Health (Vrouw en Gezondheid) at Amsterdam UMC and VU Amsterdam) her research is about:

Care for peer support: organizing community care for refugee women with experiences of sexual and gender based violence

Worldwide the number of refugees is increasing. Refugee women are at continuous risk for experiencing sexual and gender based violence (SGBV), and SGBV has enormous consequences for their health, integration and participation. Refugee women experience barriers in accessing formal care and simultaneously, their social networks are limited. Peer support groups are an accessible way for support and discussing SGBV. Although community care organizations know how to reach these women, barriers exist for structural implementation of peer support groups. In this project, the accessibility of peer support groups for these women and their implementation in care chains will be explored.

Read more information about this study here.