Social inclusion, Migration, Urban transformation, gender equality, communities of solidarity, democracy and participation.

Dijital Map of Migrant Solidarity in İstanbul


Who is behind this?

Semih Togay

Sabancı University - SU Gender - Sabanci University Gender and Women's Studies Center of Excellence


Idea Sketch


Idea pitch

The project aims to open up an inclusive digital space to make visible the activities of migrants as agents who claim their rights to the city and transform the places they inhabit into communities of solidarity and peaceful co-existence. We will conduct oral history interviews with the migrants who are the members of diverse NGOs and initiatives. Migrants and initiatives and NGOs specialized on migration, universities/students, researchers are expected to be the users of the website.

Where will your idea take place?

Reseach will be done in İstanbul, Turkey, and outputs will be published through a website.

Why does Europe need your idea?

The idea is to combat violence, discrimination, and intolerance against migrants and to contribute to the strengthening of Turkey's democracy by emphasizing the importance of respect for human rights, not only for its citizens but also for migrants with diverse legal statuses living in the country.

What is your impact?

We will have a digital space to imagine alternative futures for peaceful co-existence based on critical and creative appraisals of past experiences of violence/conflict, and on the promotion of "good examples" of solidarity and cooperation.

How do you get there?

1)Oral history interviews with women and LGBTI migrants in order to gather website content.
2)Editing of the videos; transcription and translation of the materials to Turkish and English for setting up the website.
3)Design of the website and generating the content of the digital map - digital story map is a creative and recently developed technological tool which enables us to compose a complex, multilayered and multimedia platform to gather and share information
4)Publicity of the website

What is your story?

As the project coordinator of Curious Steps Project (, I hope to open new perspectives on the city and myself while chasing the invisible contribution of migrants to the city culture together with our storyteller team.

Who are you doing it for?

LGBTI and women migrants and initiatives and NGOs specialized on migration, universities/students, researchers are expected to be the prospective users of the digital story map. Furthermore, there will be open-access to everybody via the website.

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

I would be more than happy to hear if others have any suggestions of migrant communities formed by LGBTI/women migrants in Istanbul. And, technical recommendations on digital story mapping will also be appreciated.


Semih Togay


Idea created on Jan. 10, 2018

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