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Title:True Survivors: East African Refugee Women
Author:Schafer, Loveness H.
Periodical:Africa Today
Geographic term:Malawi
Subjects:women refugees
right of asylum
sexual offences
Women's Issues
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Miscellaneous (i.e. Demography, Refugees, Sports)
Cultural Roles
External link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/africa_today/v049/49.2schafer.pdf
Abstract:Based on her experiences working with the UNHCR in Malawi, the author explains the process asylum seekers from Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda and Somalia went through when they applied for asylum in Malawi between 1997 and 1999. She describes how international conventions concerning refugees were carried out in practice, paying particular attention to points in the process where women refugees confronted certain hardships. More specifically, she explores the ways in which gender-based violence, rape, and other harms particularly committed against women were dealt with in the processing of asylum applications in Malawi. She argues that both international conventions and individual host countries should revamp laws and mechanisms for admittting refugees to more adequately address the problem of gender-based violence. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]