Better Stories of Creative Crisis Response: RESISTIRÉ’s conference on 22 September

Sep 7, 2023 | Blog, Events, News, Project news

Better Stories Of Creative Crisis Response

22 September 2023 

Istanbul & online

Based on 30 months of research and co-creative workshops with experts on inequalities in the face of crises,
RESISTIRÉ has developed a series of policy recommendations regarding the need for inclusive and multi-actor crisis management, the missing perspectives of women in the pandemic National Recovery and Resilience Plans, the need to approach crisis as a continuum, and the potentials of transformative funding schemes for developing creative and effective civic responses to the multiple crises that shape our contemporary world.   

This one-day conference in Istanbul will highlight RESISTIRÉ findings on creative crisis responses followed by two dedicated sessions on RESISTIRÉ recommendations:  

RESISTIRÉ research has shown that crisis is best approached as a continuum, with the need to prepare ‘before’ the crisis, to respond effectively ‘during’ the peak manifestation of the crisis, and to follow the ‘afterlife’ of the crisis. Civil society organizations (CSOs) play a key role in responding to all phases of this continuum, particularly in terms of addressing the needs of the most vulnerable groups.       

Our research findings suggest that grassroots civil society organizations are often more agile to respond quickly to unmet needs, often in innovative ways. As Europe and the world face multiple crises and disasters (health, war, energy, food security, environmental degradation, drought, fires, earthquakes, gender-based violence), it has become all the more imperative to design funding schemes that support CSO resilience and enable creative and effective civic responses to crises. This requires a shift in funding schemes towards transformative, participatory, flexible, long-term, capacity-building core funding. 

These sessions aim to bring together the better stories of feminist and LGBTQI+ response to crises and better stories of transformative funding schemes for a much-needed conversation on how to make both funding organizations and NGOs more resilient, effective and creative in the face of the many crises and challenges facing the world today.

All sessions will be hybrid, click below to register for online attendance. Live translation between English and Turkish will be available throughout the conference.



Session I : RESISTIRÉ Findings on Creative Crisis Response

13.00 – 14.15 (Istanbul time)

Moderator: Marina Cacace (Knowledge and Innovation)   

  • Alain Denis (Yellow Window): RESISTIRÉ’s Creative Methodology
  • Sofia Strid (University of Gothenburg): RESISTIRÉ Results and Key Impact
  • Oğulcan Yediveren (SPoD – Social Policy, Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Studies Association): LGBTQIA+ Inclusion Handbook for Researchers Using Survey Methodology


Session II: Crisis and Solidarity: Learning from Feminist & LGBTQI+ Crisis Response to the Pandemic and the Earthquake in Türkiye

14.30 – 16.30 (Istanbul time)


Moderator: Ayşe Gül Altınay (Sabancı University)  

Agnieszka Kolasińska: Presentation on the RESISTIRÉ factsheets

Ayşe Gül Altınay: Presentation of the RESISTIRÉ Factsheet: “Crisis as a Continuum – Learning from an Inclusive Feminist Crisis Response”


  • Gülşah Şeydaoğlu (Women’s Coalition) 
  • Nebahat Akkoç (KAMER Women’s Center)
  • Sevgi Uçan Çubukçu (EŞİK – Women for Equality Platform) 
  • Havva Kafes (May 17 Association)
  • Aysel Fidan (BAKAD – Cultural Studies for Peace Association)


Session III: Transformative Funding: A Pathway for Creative and Effective Crisis Response

17.00 – 19.00 (Istanbul time)


Moderators: Alain Denis (Yellow Window) and Hülya Adak (Sabancı University)  

Ayşe Gül Altınay, Pınar Ensari, Naz Türker: Presentation of the RESISTIRÉ Factsheet “Transformative Funding: A Pathway for Creative and Effective Crisis Response


  • Bethan Cansfield (Sigrid Rausing Trust)
  • Magda Pocheć (FemFund Poland)
  • Mieke Verloo (Flax Foundation)
  • Gülseren Onanç (SES Equality and Solidarity Association)
  • Nevgül Bilsel Safkan (Director of the Sabancı Foundation)