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13: New freedoms, old constraints? Challenges of integrating female refugees in Austria

Breakout / EU's future
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The challenges of integrating women are rarely the subject of public attention compared to those regarding men. What does it take to overcome old constraints and take advantage of the opportunities in Austria and Europe, contrary to traditional gender roles and patriarchal family structures?


Lawyer, Rechtsanwaltskanzlei Seyran Ates; Managing Director, Ibn Rushd-Goethe Moschee GmbH, Berlin
Interpreter, Austrian Integration Fund, Vienna
Founder and President, Forum for a progressive Islam, Zurich
Austrian Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, Vienna
Self-employed, Graz Chair

Seyran ATES

Lawyer, Rechtsanwaltskanzlei Seyran Ates; Managing Director, Ibn Rushd-Goethe Moschee GmbH, Berlin

1983-1995 Law Studies, Freie Universität Berlin (Interruption 1984-1990)
1995-1997 Traineeship, Court of Appeal, Berlin
1997-2006 Self-employed Lawyer, Berlin
since 2003 Author, Berlin
2006-2007 Freelance Writer, Berlin
2007-2009 Independent Lawyer; Author, Berlin
since 2009 Author, Berlin
2009-2011 Managing Director, Fimas Finanzmanagement GmbH & Co KG, Berlin
2011 Managing Director, Hausverwaltung SOWA-CASA GmbH, Berlin
since 2010 Lawyer, Berlin
since 2012 Lawyer and Author, Berlin
since 2017 Managing Director, Ibn Rushd-Goethe Moschee, Berlin
since 2012 Independent Lawyer; Author, Berlin
since 2017 Managing Director, Ibn Rushd-Goethe Moschee, Berlin


Interpreter, Austrian Integration Fund, Vienna

2000-2004 Bachelor of Arts, German Language, Islamic Azad University, Teheran
2004-2007 Expeditions Leader; Head of Department, Ecotour Iran, Teheran
2006-2009 Conservation of the Asiatic Cheetah Project, SGP - Small Grants Programme; UNDP - Unites Nations Development Programme, United Nations, Teheran; Tabas; Yazd
2007-2010 Master of Business Administration, Human Resources, University of Teheran, Teheran; Kish
since 2008 Yoga Teacher; Co-Founder, Dana Yoga Center, Vienna; Teheran; Kish
2014-2016 Health Teacher, UKI - Unterstützungskomitee zur Integration von Migrationen, Vienna
since 2016 Interpreter, ÖIF - Österreichischer Integrationsfonds, Vienna

Lic. phil. I Saida KELLER-MESSAHLI

Founder and President, Forum for a progressive Islam, Zurich

 French linguistics and literature, english literature, science of film, University of Zurich
 International observer, city of Hebron (Westbank), Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bern
 Fimfestivals Visions du Réèl, Nyon
 Swiss Culture Foundation 'Pro Helvetia', Zurich
 High school teacher, French


Austrian Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, Vienna

1983-1987 Studium, Rechtswissenschaften und Arabistik an der Universität Wien
1988 Postgraduale Studien an der Hebräischen Universität von Jerusalem/Israel in internationalen Beziehungen und an der Universität Urbino/Italien in Europarecht
1989 Georgetown/USA Fellow am Center for Contemporary Arab Studies
1990-1998 Im diplomatischen Dienst der Republik Österreich, u.a. in der Politischen Sektion, Völkerrechtsbüro und im Kabinett des Bundesministers, auf Auslandsposten in Paris und Madrid
1991 Dissertation in Völkerrecht über den Grenzbegriff der Konfliktparteien im Nahen Osten
1992 Ecole Nationale d'Administration ENA Paris/Frankreich (Promotion Gambetta)
seit 1998 Freischaffend tätig, u.a. als unabhängige Korrespondentin und Lehrbeauftragte an der Universität Wien (1995-2004), der Diplomatischen Akademie Wien (2000-2007), als Research Faculty Member an der Webster Universität Wien, dem Centre International des Sciences de l'Homme Byblos/Libanon, Landesverteidigungsakademie u.a. in den Bereichen Völkerrecht, Geschichte des Nahen Ostens, Staatenimplosionen, Energiemarkt

Mag. Nalan GÜNDÜZ

Self-employed, Graz

2008-2009 Part time lawyer, Law office Mag. Britta Schönhart, Vienna
2009-2010 Presenter, Information modules at "Start Wien"City of Vienna, Vienna
2009-2011 Lawyer and project manager, Verein Fair und Sensibel - Polizei und AfrikanerInnen, Vienna
2011-2012 Desk officer, Department Integration Coordination Federal Ministry of Interior, Vienna
2013-2016 Integration Representative, Austrian Embassy Ankara, Federal Ministry of Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, Ankara
2016-2017 Deputy head of department, Styria Integration Center, Austrian Integration Fund, Graz
since 2017 AMS-company founding programme (Moderation and intercultural theatre), Graz

Political Symposium

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14:00 - 18:00Professional Programme "Our World's Future"Partner
15:00 - 18:00Generational perspectives on security policyPartner
15:00 - 18:00Professional Programme on Strategies of InfluencePartner


09:00 - 12:00Devil's diplomacyPartner
09:00 - 12:00Professional Programme on Strategies of InfluencePartner
10:00 - 11:30Fireside Talk with Ruth Dreifuss: women and powerPartner
10:00 - 12:00The 2016 US election behind the scenesPlenary
14:00 - 16:30Opening: values and visions of a united EuropePlenary
17:00 - 18:30Acknowledging reality: coming to grips with the international systemPlenary
19:00 - 20:30The USA, the EU and Russia: what changes does the new US administration bring?Plenary


08:30 - 09:30Breakfast Club 03: POLITICO morning briefingPlenary
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 01: War and democracy in Ukraine: what is the future?Breakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 02: From conflicts to collaborative governance: using open data and collective intelligence to achieve public-sector innovationBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 03: May I stay or should I go? The impact of climate change on migrationBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 04: Military cooperation as a means to overcome security challengesBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 05: How to reconcile interests in societies with declining social cohesionBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 06: Alternative facts, provocations and social division: how to deal with populismBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 07: The EU on trial: 60 years of conflict and cooperation in EuropeBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 08: Geoengineering: governance implications, technical options and risksBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 09: Genome editing: governing on the cusp of uncertaintyBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 11: Innovation in a contested environment: from the outside in and the inside outBreakout
12:30 - 13:30Fireside Talk with Talia SassonPartner
12:30 - 14:00Lunch receptionBreakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 12: Digital Security: Social MediaBreakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 13: New freedoms, old constraints? Challenges of integrating female refugees in AustriaBreakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 14: Science-based policy-making in times of post-truth?Breakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 15: Migration and the Arts: Europe's next narrativeBreakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 16: The Dublin dilemma and the way outBreakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 17: Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe: catching up or showing the way?Breakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 18: Mission-oriented innovation policy in practiceBreakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 19: An end to a costly war: alternatives to failed drug policiesBreakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 20: The Arctic: new narratives for a disputed territoryBreakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 21: Democracy reloaded: what can we learn from bottom-up democratic innovations?Breakout
17:30 - 19:00Security and liberty in the digital futurePlenary
19:30 - 21:00Green Innovation: urgent & important at oncePlenary


09:00 - 12:30Transformative pathways to sustainability: from perception to changing behaviourPlenary