Gendering the international asylum and refugee debate


Freedman, Jane (2007) Gendering the international asylum and refugee debate, Basingstoke, UK, Palgrave Macmillan, 224pp.

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Description/Abstract

Women make up at least half of the world's refugees, but only a minority of asylum seekers who reach the West are female. International conventions as well as national laws and policies on asylum have frequently overlooked or ignored the gendered nature of asylum issues. Indeed, despite policies to counter gender-based violence, women in refugee camps are often victims of rape and sexual violence.

This book redresses the lack of gender-specific analyses of asylum and refugee issues by providing a comprehensive account of women in global forced migration, and explaining the ways in which women's experiences are shaped by gendered relations and structures. The book provides a wide-ranging examination of all sides of the debate looking at causes of refugee flows, international laws and conventions and their application, responses to refugees and asylum seekers and the experiences of refugees and asylum seekers themselves. Drawing on interviews with refugees, asylum seekers, members of NGOs, voluntary organizations and policy makers, this book will be a valuable resource for students, academics and practitioners alike.

Contents

A Gendered Approach to Refugee and Asylum Studies

Who are the "Refugee Women"?

Gender Related Persecutions: Why Do Women Flee?

Gender and Asylum in International Law: The Geneva
Convention Revisited

Supporting Women Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Asylum Regimes and their Impacts

Women Asylum Seekers and Refugees: Experiences from France

Item Type: Book
ISBNs: 0230006531 (hardback)
9780230006539 (hardback)
Related URLs:
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Politics and International Relations
ePrint ID: 35096
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2008
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:22
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/35096

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