Episode 4: Gender

Show notes

Many international treaties have focussed on womens’ rights and the protection of girls, such as the UN Security Council Resolution 1325, which addresses the impact of war on women or the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), adopted in 1979 by the UN General Assembly. Protecting women's’ rights on a global level has been the United Nations’ aim for several decades now. And it is still important. Until today, gender can play a great role in constituting a person’s vulnerability. Especially in the context of forced migration.

Gender - next to other factors, such as health or age - plays a central role at different levels, when vulnerabilities are being assessed in reception centers and by social workers. And: When we talk about gender, it is very important to talk about cultural discrimination and to look at stereotypes and a very long history of gender oppression. Because historically, gender oppression is shaped by cultural practices, religion, societal norms, conventions, and even laws. Women and girls are seen as the main victims of gender oppression, resulting from a patriarchal socio-economic system that was in play in most societies and cultures worldwide, though the extent of the oppression might vary.

Speaking Refuge - The VULNER Podcast is part of the VULNER project. It is carried out by an international research consortium involving partners from 9 research institutions located in 6 different countries. It is led by Luc Leboeuf from the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology. This project has received funding from the European Union‘s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 870845.

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