About us

In the Yasmin Collective, our focus is on the medium of podcasting in and with people from West Asia and North Africa. But our commitment goes far beyond that. We use podcasts as a tool to reshape and rethink development cooperation. We show solidarity with our partners abroad and support them in their feminist and social work. In Germany, we see our task as anti-racist work and providing a platform for marginalized voices. We believe in the power of dialogue, equality and sharing personal stories to bring about positive change. Welcome to Yasmin Kollektiv, where we use podcast to create a better understanding of each other.

The Team

As a collectively organised association, Yasmin Kollektiv is responsible for the conception and implementation of projects, as well as external communication. However, if you have a question about a thematic focus or an area of responsibility, please contact the person in charge directly via their email address.

Tatjana

Focus and interests: Gulf region and the Levant, diaspora cultures, climate justice, feminism, documentaries and podcasting.

Position in the association: Board member

Tatjana came through her involvement with Anglo and Latin America eventually further east to the WANA region. Her experiences and encounters while living with a large Jordanian family, her flatmates in Lebanon and backpacking trips through Saudi Arabia and Oman have shaped her into the person she is today. She currently works as a coordinator in a multi-generational house and experiences the diversity of people there every day.

Katrin

Focus: Iraq, Iran, Israel/Palestine, economic and security policy, crisis and conflict research, nature and animal conservation, agricultural economics

Position in the association: Board member

Katrin studied art history, archaeology and political science in Freiburg, Jerusalem, Erfurt and Lebanon. As part of her Master's degree, she dealt with the Iraqi–Kurdish conflict in Iraqi Kurdistan and travelled to the autonomous Kurdish region of Iraq several times. Katrin is involved in various Yasmin Kollektiv projects such as the Mushtarak PodFest, fundraising, the application for Aswatona and podcast production for Nahostcast. Besides podcasting, her passion is (analogue) photography.

Carlotta

Focus: Cities & other spaces, North Africa, Queer Feminist Activism, Theatre & Cultural Networks

Position in the association: Board member

On the Corniche in Alexandria or in Tunisian Gabes, hiking in the Algerian mountains or strolling along the narrow streets of Beirut and Istanbul – Carlotta’s favorite way of discovering places in daily life or on vacation are walking and biking. Carlotta fell in love with the Arabic language after studying urbanism and has been following it ever since, from North Africa to West Asia up to the streets of Neukölln. In doing so, there is a whole lot to experience and question: lived politics, civil engagement and the role of art and culture in societies. Carlotta is fascinated by life in cities in West Asia and North Africa and more topics beyond that. She is particularly interested in the civil society perspectives of women and queers. She likes to walk their paths and meanwhile sets out for new perspectives with systemic therapy work.

Rasha Aldeeb

Focus: Storytelling, podcast workshops & consulting, podcast production

Position in the association: Board member

Rasha took training from December 2014 to January 2016 to become a podcaster. After that, she worked as a producer for various podcasts. She was the first podcaster in Egypt to focus on feminist issues. Together with Yasmin Kollektiv, Rasha wants to support women in the WANA region in expressing their voices through podcasting and storytelling. Some of the podcasts she has produced are Teh Marbota podcast, black box, jasmin aroma, story about them, she has voice, Al walkman, Wams application, Al podcast, mkany mkank with the Robert Bosch Stiftung foundation and Lamtna in cooperation with Care International. In 2023 Rasha and Katrin organized the Mushtarak PodFest. It was the first podcast festival in Egypt and a huge success.

Julia

Focus: Gender, social justice, journalism, constructive reporting, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Egypt, Morocco

Position in the association: Financial auditor, Board member

Julia has studied journalism, politics, sociology and history of the Middle East, among others in Morocco and Lebanon. For her master thesis she travelled to Egypt and interviewed foreign correspondents and their mediators about their work. She lives in Beirut and reports as a correspondent for the taz and Deutschlandfunk– especially about urban culture, gender and matters of social justice in Lebanon and the WANA-region.

Svenja

Focus: colonialism, Gulf region, Iraq, Afghanistan, reception history, intercultural communication

Position in the association: President

Svenja has studied history and cultural anthropology in Mainz and has been to Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Oman and Saudi Arabia. During her stays in the Middle East she has particularly grown fond of regional cuisine, which she has tried out herself many times. By now she can make a Fatteh al hummus that has earned the label “really good” by some Syrian friends (the highest title achievable!). By now, she tries to pass on these experiences and curiosity about the WANA-region as intercultural trainer in the Rhine-Main region.

Immanuel

Position in the association: Treasurer, Board member

Immanuel studied history and then became an educator. He is currently studying to be a primary school teacher. During his studies, Immanuel gained a lot of experience in building up associations and its activities. His historical studies connect him with the WANA region, as does his affinity for Lebanese cuisine.

Hannes

Position in the association: Cash Auditor, Board member

Hannes is a very passionate teacher at a comprehensive school in Berlin, who also likes to bring up discussions about the Middle East conflict in the classroom. He shares our love for Lebanon - but in terms of cuisine, he loves the entire WANA region. However, when it comes to Levantine cuisine, his skills certainly cover the whole region. Besides being a source of constant inspiration and support, Hannes is also our dubbing artist and is now an active member of Yasmin Kollektiv.

Hajar

Focus: Culture, History, Moroccan Jewry, languages, podcast training, research and script writing.

Hajar, a passionate Moroccan podcaster deeply intrigued by Culture, Anthropology, and Jewish studies, embarked on a journey that led her to pursue a Master's degree in Comparative literature in Agadir. Fueled by wanderlust and an insatiable curiosity, she made the bold decision to work remotely while traveling extensively throughout 2022. The highlight of her trip was backpacking across Egypt and earning her advanced diving license. She was among the first participants in the Aswatona program, which she considers the best network to be a part of. Currently, she resides in Poland, eagerly seeking fresh opportunities for learning and personal growth.

Our history
November 2022 to autumn 2024
Our Voices - اصواتنا (Aswatona) II

Aswatona enters a second major round and Yasmin Kollektiv provides an 8-member project team. Here, former participants will be involved as mentors for a new cohort of young aspiring podcasters and a training of trainers will follow.


In the meantime, we are starting many other podcast projects and trainings - read more about them under Our Projects .

Summer 2022
A new name
After a lot of thinking, our association gets a new name: Yasmin Kollektiv e.V.! The new name is meant to emphasise our collective character: We see ourselves as an open platform that can involve and connect a wide variety of people. Also, in the future the association should be better distinguishable from our original podcast project Nahostcast. It should as well represent a demarcation from the colonial concept of the 'Middle East'.
October 2020 - December 2021
Our Voices - اصواتنا (Aswatona) I

Our team together with MitOst e.V made the project Our Voices - اصواتنا (Aswatona) happen. The Aswatona project is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office and aims to network Arabic-speaking podcasters in North Africa and West Asia to develop a transnational podcast format with a strong community.

Summer 2020
First projects in Germany
Nahostcast e.V. implements its first projects in Germany and the WANA region: An online podcast school, a podcasting group project at a school in Berlin and interactive podcast workshops online and offline.
February 2020
Founding an association

In order to broaden our activities and to reach a longterm funding of our project, we founded our own association Nahostcast e. V. on the 20th of February 2020.

February 2020
We win the FAIRWandler Award of the Karl-Kübel foundation!

After a successful nomination within the category FAIRMitteln (wordplay of fair and convey) we win the award of the Karl-Kübel foundation in Frankfurt. The award highlights unique engagement in the field of development policy.

December 2019
Strategy Workshop

Shortly before Christmas we meet up altogether at a cozy place in the middle of the Black Forest. A lot has happened in the past half year and the new year awaits us with a whole new topics and podcast episodes.

November 2019
Talk at the Deutsch-Arabische Freundschaftsgesellschaft e. V., Berlin

The DAFG invited us to our first public presentation and discussion about our podcast. Thank you to all attendees and the amazing feedback we received!

September 2019
Civil Academy
Nahostcast is granted a one-year sponsorship by the Civil Academy to attend seminars on topics like financing and positioning of social projects.
August 2019
Strategy-Workshop
After 6 months of podcasting we take a step back to reflect on our poduction processes, team work and PR strategy. Our goal? To professionalize the podcast and reach more people with our message.
February 2019
Podcast Launch
We launch our first podcast episodes talking about Syrian refugees in Lebanon and journalist mediators in Egypt.
December 2018– January 2019
Preporatory phase
concept development & technical implementation of our project, and we need a catchy name!
October 2018
An idea comes alive…
A group of students sits together in the cafeteria of Erfurt and discusses: sometimes the terrible discusses mostly political and social issues affecting the West Asia and North Africa region. We often discuss global challenges too like the climate crisis, racism or anti-feminism. We know life will soon blow us away to different cities and countries, but we want to keep the exchange going and bring it to light. So, why not in the form of a podcast?
Our Fellows

Linda

Linda’s love for the WANA-region was sparked some years ago with an Arabic language course during her anthropology studies. At this time, she realized the beauty of the language, but also how less she actually knew about the cultural realm. Since then, she tries to grab every opportunity to gain a better understanding of the region’s history and diverse cultures. This way led her to the Middle and Far East to Erfurt, Beirut, Jerewan and the Kirgisian Osch. As a co-founder of our association, she has also played a decisive role in developing our projects.

Robin

As co-founder of Nahostcast, Robin is the greatest language lover in our group and therefore our first point of contact for any Arabic perks. However, he seldom focuses on one language at a time – right now he is really passionate about Turkish. He also appears as a guest in our podcast to analyze with us the situation of Syrian refugees in Turkey and the political climate in Kurdistan.

Stella

Stella is a PhD candidate at the Orient institute and researches on the relation between the former GDR and the states of the WANA-region. In the name of research, she had already during her master’s dived into the Beiruti rush hour and talks with Nahostcast about her experiences and observations of taxi drivers.

Amine

Born and raised in the Tunisian Sfax, Amine knew from the beginning that he wanted to see more of the world, see and learn about other languages and cultures. So once he had his medicine studies packed up, he followed the call of skilled labor shortage in Germany, ending up in idyllic Thuringia. With Nahostcast he talks about his experiences as assistant doctor here, but also his passion for great beer and sausage.

Salwa

Salwa is born in Casablanca, a port city on the Westcoast of Morocco – now she is dedicated to the fields water engineering and management of ressources. With regard to the protection of environment, she started living out her creativity in form of a childrens‘ book. Aside from that, she is always in for a discussion about feminism and politics.

Ayşê

Ayşê currently explores Berlin to live, work and study. What she likes most is to drip and drop with paint or pluck the strings of her beloved Tembûrs. After trying out different political organisations and a formative Tunisia trip, she found her way to the Management Board of dis:orient e.V.. But , what the hell is (dis)orientalism?“

Hamed

Hamed comes from a small village in Oman called Samail and the Omanis actually pronounce it as "smile“. Through his father's profession as a police officer, he had already as a child moved around a lot and discusses with us now the development of the sultanate. His message? "Many people have probably never heard anything about this country, but I am sure the world can learn a great deal from the Omanis and its sultan in what regards a peaceful living together. Everyone of us can contribute in order to create a more peaceful and friendlier place.”

Lydia

Lydia painfully realized how less she actually knew from the world after her school and university years, so she packed her backback and took off. She is still underway, but also rooted at home by now. With Nahostcast she talked about her transnational theatre production "the naked good life“ and the role of theatre in political upheavals in the Arab world.

Sami

Sami is a Lebanese writer, poet, componist and visual artist, who lives in Beirut. At the beginning of the 1980s he studied at the London School of Film, between 2000 and 2016 he became the musical designer and director of the cosmetic brand MAC. Last year he even published his memoires called ‘Heal the Boy’. At the moment, he works on a third book of fiction as well as a second album, which should be published this year. In Nahostcast he enters a debate on the role of music and art in the Lebanese revolution.

Layal

Layal lives in Beirut and works as an independent animator and graphic designer. She loves to give life to visual images and also shares a passion for singing. As an aspiring performing artist she is currently in a process of finding her individual voice.

Tom

Tom is originally from the U.S., but married to a Lebanese and has lived and worked as a music teacher in Beirut for over 20 years. In 1994 he was appointed professor at the Lebanese music conservatory and at the same time gives the saxophonist in the Lebanese philharmon orchester. Above all that, Tom is also a passionate activist in Beirut: For many years he furthers his own campaign, demanding to reform the nationality law from 1925 – the law refrains his daughter from receiving the Lebanese nationality of her mother. Even though she is born in Beirut and spent her whole life there. With us he joined the discussion on the role of music and art in the Lebanese revolution.

Prof. Omar Kamil

Prof. Omar Kamil is a substitute professor at the University of Erfurt for history of Westasia, who specializes in Jewish and political cultures in the region. He recorded a small peace of remembrance culture for us on the „8th of May 1945 – remembering the massacre of Sétif, Algeria.”

Andrés

Andrés is an environmentalist activist and leads the Fridays For Future movement in Lebanon towards climate justice. In a podcast episode he shares with us his motivations and challenges for the Lebanese climate.

Asghar

Asghar has founded the organization ‘Drop and Ride’ in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 2016: “Drop” – to lay down your weapon – and “Ride” – to pick the alternative and take off with your bike instead. The association came forth from an initiative of young people that wanted to bring social problems to the forefront via sports and now enables sports activities for both boys and girls. Drop and Ride tries to create a safe space for activities, exchange and education for the youth of Kabul. By now the club has 50 members and has become a very important and unique offer in a crisis shaken city like Kabul.

Wais

Wais also comes from Afghanistan, although he was born as a refugee in Pakistan’s Peshawar due to the Afghan civil war. Shortly before the Taliban took power, his family managed to flee to Germany. Yet decades later, he is still haunted by the events, since his life has been and is still very much shaped by it. Today, he feels closer to the region Westasia and North Africa then ever and connects with it through the association dis:orient. Now and then, when he wants a pause from the WANA-region, he prefers to be active with sports or likes to spend time with family and friends, where he can zone out the best.

Keivan

Keivan hit the road from Teheran to Greek Thessaloniki for his master studies. In his free time he loves playing basketball, to indulge in drawing and enjoys conversations about Persian history and Lord of the rings. With us he talked about daily life in Teheran and how private and public spheres influence peoples‘ lives in Iran.

Seyran

Seyran lived for six years under war conditions in the Syrian-Kurdish city of Afrin until she came to Germany in 2018. She has been living in Berlin for a year and is studying for a Master's degree in chemistry. Besides Kurdish and Arabic, she also speaks English, German and some Turkish. Furthermore, she is interested in politics, human rights and especially women's rights. Her dream: a cup of coffee on a moonlit night in a world without biological, political and nuclear wars.

Izzat

Izzat born in Uzbekistan and found his second home in Berlin. He strives to create spaces where people can learn from each other and work together to change their communities without violence. He likes to spend his free time with his family and enjoys exploring Berlin.

Guljan

Guljan originally from Uzbekistan and has now been living in Berlin for seven years. She devotes most of her energy to exploring European civil society and social entrepreneurship worldwide. She enjoys talking about Central Asia, its identity and the internal transformation processes in Uzbekistan.

Waffa

Waffa lives currently in exile in Berlin, but his home is in the north-west of Iran in the Kurdish regions. He had to leave Iran due to his political activism and lived for a while in Sulaymaniyah, northern Iraq and Turkey before coming to Germany. Waffa loves writing and literature.

Fawaz Abu Sitta 

Fawaz Abu Sitta  has studied in Leipzig and worked later as a professor in Palestine. Today he is retired, and has been living in Berlin since 2012. The picture shows him in his allotment garden, where he was chairman of the board for a few years.

Mim & Tom

Mim and Tom are passionate students of phonetics in Halle (Saale) and have supported us as dubbing actors for the episode on "Art and music in the Lebanese revolution“.

Malte

after previous stops in Berlin and Hamburg, Malte is currently located in Southeastern Germany and very busy crafting boats. However, he is also quite familiar with Istanbul’s hills and narrow alleys. For Nahostcast he lent us his voice for some dubbing work, such as a discussion on the Omani sultan.

Bylaws

The association is founded on February 20th, 2020 by alumni of different study background with a common interest in history, politics and society of North Africa and West Asia. The image of these contrasting and diverse regions and countries is often of a negative kind or exoticized in Europe. In the sense of building brides, the association strives to counteract “oriental” stereotypes and to dismantle colonial power structures. We consider personal talks with our environment and experts as well as the exchange of ideas as most relevant. This way, the members of the association will try to critically question their own positions, ideas and assessments and not to talk ‘about’ the Middle East, but to rather enter into a dialogue with people from the region.

(1) The name of the association is “Yasmin Kollektiv”. It shall be put down in the register of associations.

After registration the name will be “Yasmin Kollektiv e. V.”.

(2) The registered office of the association is in Hochheim.

(3) The fiscal year of the association is the calendar year.

(1) The Association shall exclusively and directly pursue charitable purposes within the meaning of the section “tax-privileged purposes” of the tax code.

The purposes of the Association are:

a) The promotion of an international spirit, tolerance in all areas of culture and the idea of international understanding

b) The promotion of public education

c) Promotion of development cooperation

(2) The purposes of this statute shall be realized in particular through:

a) the initiation and promotion of projects, events, workshops and initiatives, which deal in the broadest sense with the regions of West Asia and North Africa, with the aim of carrying out anti-racist work, to break down stereotypes and colonial power structures, and to stand up for a diverse, tolerant and feminist society; to exchange content about the history, politics, society of Germany and the regions of North Africa and West Asia within the framework of lectures, talks, panels and publications, as well as the promotion of encounters between Germans and foreigners and the support of foreign guests in Germany, in order to provide young people in particular access to political discourse, to show up new perspectives and to promote joint dialogue;

b) political education and mediation activities and the development of skills that enable members and outsiders to form their own political opinion, to create political perceptiveness and to promote a sense of political responsibility. For this purpose, educational events, school projects, conferences and roundtable discussions will be organized, online and print media are disseminated free of charge and partnerships with other tax-privileged associations, offices, universities and similar institutions are initiated, with the aim of promoting the democratic principles as well as the networking of the members with experts and the public;

c) the realization of thematic and regional cooperation programs for multidisciplinary exchange in the sense of critical and postcolonial reporting; as well as the realization, support and accompaniment of educational projects for the development of society in countries that are not in a position to do so on their own or through the usual international exchange

(3) The funds of the Association may only be used for the purposes set forth in the Articles of Association. Members shall not receive any benefits from the funds of the Association.

(4) The association is selflessly active, it does not pursue its own economic purposes.

(5) Individual persons shall not be favored by expenditures that are alien to the purpose of the association, or by disproportionately high remuneration are expressly excluded.

(6) The association grants equal rights to members of all nationalities and population groups. The Association is party-politically and denominationally neutral. It represents the principle of religious and ideological tolerance and does not tolerate racist and xenophobic or any other discriminatory efforts.

 

(1) A distinction is made between active and supporting members. It is up to each member to decide which type of membership he*she chooses. The type of membership must be notified to the board.

a) Active membership is open to anyone who wishes to support the work of the association with his *her own abilities to actively support the work of the association. Active members are entitled to vote in the general meeting.

b) Supporting members can be any person who would like to support the efforts of the association financially, without necessarily participating actively in its work. Supporting members are regularly informed about the activities of the association. They are not entitled to vote in the general meeting.

(2) The change between active and supporting membership must be declared in writing to the Board and to be decided by the General Meeting.

(3) Members are entitled to participate in the events of the association within the scope of the association’s purposes.

(4) The members pay an annual membership fee. The amount of the membership fees, the due date, the method of payment as well as additional fees, in particular in the case of default of payment or use of a method of payment other than that provided for in the contribution rules, shall be governed by the declaration of membership.

(5) The Executive Board shall be authorized to defer, reduce or waive dues upon justified application.

(6) By disclosing their e-mail address, members declare their willingness, subject to express objection, to receive invitations to general meetings and events as well as to receive information.

(7) All other matters shall be regulated by the Rules of Membership to be adopted by the General Meeting.

(1) Any natural or legal person who has reached the age of 18 may become a member of the Association.

(2) Active and supporting membership is acquired by written declaration of membership and acceptance by the board of directors.

(3) There is the possibility of honorary membership according to § 10.

(1) Membership shall be terminated by death, exclusion, deletion from the list of members or resignation from the association.

(2) Resignation shall be effected by written declaration to the Board of Directors, whereby the notice must be received by the end of the calendar year. An obligation to pay overdue dues is not cancelled by the termination.

(3) A member may be deleted from the list of members by resolution of the general meeting if, despite written reminder and announcement of the deletion, is in arrears with the payment of membership dues in the amount of two annual dues.

(4) If a member culpably and grossly violates the interests of the association, he*she may be excluded from the association with immediate effect. The exclusion is decided by the general meeting, whereby a majority of three quarters of the votes is required.

(1) The highest organ of the association is the general meeting. It is responsible for: a) Receipt of the reports of the executive committee;
b) Acceptance of the report of the auditors;
c) Discharge of the Executive Board;
d) Election of the presidents;
e) Election of the treasurer;
f) To take note of the financial plan;
g) Amendments to the Statutes;
h) Resolution and amendment of the Rules of Procedure of the General Assembly;
i) To resolve and amend the Rules of Contribution;
j) To pass resolutions and applications for projects;k) To appoint/dismiss honorary members according to § 10;
l) dissolution of the Association.
 
(2) The General Assembly shall consist of all active and supporting members. Supporting members have no voting rights.
 

(3) The ordinary General Meeting shall be convened at least once a year by the board. Members who have deposited an e-mail address with the Executive Board receive the invitation by electronic mail. Proof of the timely and proper invitation is the dispatch of the invitation to the last address known to the Association.

(4) Members shall be invited in writing, stating the agenda and giving at least two weeks’ notice.

(5) The general meeting can be held as a presence meeting or as a virtual general meeting. The virtual general meeting shall be held by dialing in all participants to a video or telephone conference. A combination of meeting and virtual general meeting is possible by giving the members the opportunity to participate in the face-to- face meeting via video or telephone conference. The Executive Board shall decide on the form of the general meeting and communicates this in the invitation to the general meeting.

(6) The general meeting shall be chaired by the chairperson or, if the chairperson is unable to attend, by the deputy chairperson.

(7) Every general meeting convened in accordance with the statutes shall constitute a quorum regardless of the number of members present. Each active member has one vote. The right to vote is not transferable.

(8) The general meeting passes its resolutions with a simple majority of the valid votes cast, unless the statutes provide otherwise. Abstentions are considered invalid votes. A tie vote shall mean rejection.

(9) Amendments to the Articles of Association require a two-thirds majority of the valid votes cast. Amendments to the purpose of the association require a three-quarters majority of the valid votes cast. Emergency motions to amend the Articles of Association are excluded. Proposals for amendments to the Articles of Association that are not on the agenda shall be dealt with at the next general meeting.

(10) In the case of a virtual general meeting, resolutions shall be passed by voting via the Internet.

(11) The general meeting shall elect a chairperson. A protocol of the general meeting has to be written, which shall be signed by the chairperson and the secretary.

(12) At the request of a member, votes shall be held in secret and in writing.

(13) An extraordinary general meeting is to be convened by the board if this is necessary in the interest of the Association or if 10% of the members request it in writing, stating the purpose and the reasons. Extraordinary meetings are held in principle as virtual meetings.

(14) Everything else is regulated by the rules of procedure decided by the general meeting.

(1) The board of directors of the association consists of two presidents, the treasurer, and four assessors.

(2) The board manages the business in the sense of the statutes and the resolutions of the General Meeting. The board has a quorum if at least three of its members are present. It passes its resolutions by simple majority. The board shall order and supervise the affairs of the Association and shall report to the General Meeting about its activities. The board of directors is entitled to appoint committees for specific purposes. It may issue binding regulations.

(3) The Board is elected by the General Meeting for a period of two years. However, it shall remain in office until a new Board has been elected. Re-election is permissible.
a) At least four founding members shall be elected to the Board.
b) At least one of the presidential offices must be filled by a woman.
c) The presidents and the treasurer shall be elected in separate ballots. The other four members of the Executive Board shall be elected without assignment to offices, whereby the persons who receive the most votes shall be elected; a block election is permissible.
d) The Executive Board shall decide on the allocation of these offices.
e) At the request of a member, elections of persons shall be held by secret ballot and in writing.
f) Only members of the Association may be elected as members of the Board.
g) With the termination of membership in the Association, the office of a member of the board ends as well.
 
(4) The Association shall be represented judicially and extrajudicially by two members of the Executive Board, one of them must be the President or the Treasurer. The board of directors may authorize a member of the board to carry out certain types of business, in particular the business necessary for the performance of the office of the Treasurer’s office, such as instructions to make payments (including authorization of accounts). The Board of Directors may authorize a third party, who is not a member of the board of directors to a specific transaction or a specific type of transaction (e.g. power of attorney for an account).
 
(5) During their term of office, the members of the Executive Board may be active for the Association in return for payment to a reasonable extent only if
a) the executive committee decides this with the majority of the acting executive committee members
b) this remunerated activity relates exclusively to a clearly defined project or clearly defined activity and it is not the activity as a member of the board.
c) Within the meaning of Art. 7 par. 4a, the member of the Board of Management whose remuneration is the subject of the resolution may not participate in the respective deliberations and decisions. The following shall be deemed to be remunerated activity: the activity of a full-time or part-time employee, a marginal employee or an employee in the sliding scale, an intern as a trainee and as a freelancer.
 
(6) The treasurer administers the treasury of the association and keeps records of the income and expenditure.
 
(7) The board meetings can be held as a presence meeting or as a virtual meeting. In the case of virtual meetings, resolutions shall be passed by roll-call vote via the Internet.
 
(8) Protocols shall be taken of the meetings of the Board of Directors, which shall be signed by one of the presidents and the secretary.
 
(9) Vacant positions on the board can be filled during the year at an extraordinary general meeting. If this general meeting cannot be held in a timely manner, the Executive Board shall be entitled to temporarily fill this position.
 
(10) All other matters shall be governed by the rules of procedure adopted by the Executive Board.

(1) Officers, members and employees of the association shall be entitled to the following compensation reimbursement according to § 670 BGB (German Civil Code) for expenses incurred by them through their work for the association. These include in particular travel expenses, postage and telephone costs. Reimbursement presumes the prior ordering by the Board of Management and shall only be reimbursed to the extent and in the amount recognized as tax-exempt by the statutory provisions.

(2) The claim for reimbursement of expenses may only be asserted within a period of three months after it arises. Reimbursements shall only be granted if the expenses are substantiated by verifiable receipts and statements.

(3) The Executive Board is authorized to adopt appropriate rules for activities in the service of the Association or to conclude individual contracts for activities in the service of the Association. This also applies to reimbursement of expenses. The fiscal and non-profit legal limits are to be observed.

(4) The General Meeting may, if necessary and by taking into account the economic circumstances, resolve that offices held by members of governing bodies may be on the basis of a contract of service or against payment of a general allowance in accordance with § 3 No. 26 a EStG (Income Tax Act). The decision on the content and conditions of the contract shall be made by the General Assembly.

(1) The General Assembly shall elect two auditors from among its members for a period of two years. Re-election is permitted. At the request of a member, the election shall be held in secret and in writing.

(2) The auditors have the right to inspect and audit the cash and the books of the association at any time. They shall audit the annual financial statements of the Association and report on the result of the audit in the general meeting.

Persons who have rendered outstanding services to the Association may be granted honorary membership by a two-thirds majority of the General Assembly of those present and entitled to vote. Honorary members are appointed until revoked by the General Assembly by a two-thirds majority. They are exempt from the payment of contributions.

(1) An amendment of the statutes requires a majority of three quarters of the votes cast in a general meeting.

(2) The dissolution of the association can only be decided in a special general meeting called for this purpose. The resolution to dissolve the Association shall require a majority of three quarters of all votes cast at the general meeting.

(3) In the event of dissolution of the Association (after resolution of the General Meeting) or in the case that tax-privileged purposes cease to exist, the assets of the association shall be transferred to a legal entity under public law or another tax-privileged corporate body for the purpose of use for the promotion of the international spirit and international understanding, the promotion of public education or the promotion of development cooperation within the area of application of the tax code.

The email traffic is equal to postal correspondence. This statute was established on the founding meeting on February 20th, 2020 in Hochheim. The correctness and completeness of the statutes is assured according to § 71, Abs. 1 BGB.

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You would like to launch an own project or support our association? Then get into contact with tatjana.sopart@yasmin-kollektiv.org

We will have a look together in which area you can contribute best with your talents. If we have convinced you already to become a member, just send us the filled out membership form per post or E-Mail! We are looking forward to welcoming you!

JObs & Internship

Internships

Would you like to do an internship as part of your studies or after graduation?

Then please contact Katrin.Schaefer@yasmin-kollektiv.org

Our last intern Konstantin Auwärter had during his internship the opportunity to gain experience in the field of workshop organisation, dealing with fundings and current thematic priorities in the WANA region.
Konstantin Auwaerter
Intern
January 2023 - March 2023
Since a six-month stay in Morocco in 2019, I have been enthusiastic about mint tea with sweet pastries and trying to find my way around the Arabic language. In my studies, I mostly move between postcolonialism, politics, and pop culture in the WANA region. As an intern, I was part of the Aswatona team and got to help prepare and run the first online workshop in 2023. It was great to bring together so many people with their different facets and strengths. I still feel very connected to the entire team with its warm, attentive nature and to the association.
Hanya Nada
Intern
September 2023 – December 2023
I started learning German at my school in Egypt, and have been in love with the German language ever since. Unlike most German learners I really enjoy learning grammar. That's why I decided to study German philology in Cairo. I came to Germany in September 2023 on a three months voluntary service with the German Commission for UNESCO. My hospitation took place at Yasmin Kollektiv. I got to be a part of the Awatona team and help with various tasks like translating and proofreading podcasts scripts in Arabic, English & German. During my hospitation at Yasmin Kollektiv I also got introduced to the dubbing field and even dubbed some parts of the episodes into english and german. It was definitely an unforgettable experience.

Job Offers

Here, we regularly advertise job offers.
Unfortunately, we do not have any open positions at the moment.

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