Gendering the International Asylum and Refugee Debate by J. Freedman

By J. Freedman

This research offers a complete account of the location of girls refugees globally and explains how they range from males. It appears to be like at explanations of refugee flows, foreign legislation and conventions and their software, the rules and laws of Western governments, and lived studies of the refugees themselves.

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Other research points to the way in which changing roles within the labour market and within the family may prove difficult for familial relationships, and the ways that the tensions inherent in the refugee experience may lead to the reassertion of patriarchal values and to increasing domestic violence. If male refugees find it harder to find jobs than their female partners, they may feel that their role as head of the household is being undermined, and these feelings may lead to conflict in relationships between men and women and even domestic violence (Refugee Council, 1996).

Family or community Who are the “Refugee Women”? 39 control is replaced by “external control” by camp staff which is perceived as oppressive rather than supportive (Szczepanikova, 2005). In addition, the experience of violence and conflict which has led to the forced migration may impact on the relationships between refugees and between men and women, again leading to increasing levels of violence. For example, research on Lugufu refugee camp in Tanzania suggests that women and girls in this camp face particular problems of protection, which are often linked to the experiences of rape and sexual violence that they experienced before and during their flight.

Some of the key difficulties that arise for women living in refugee camps are to do with the ways in which the camps are organised spatially and also the ways in which the camp routine is organised by those in charge. Based on her research in refugee camps in Kenya, Hyndman describes the ways in which women’s every day lives in these camps is regulated and framed by tasks such as collecting water and food rations. The spatial organisation of the camp structures the women’s management of their time and shapes the social routines and income-earning strategies of refugees and in particular women.

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