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Chief Inspector’s report on asylum casework lacks gender analysis

The Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration published an Inspection of Asylum Casework on 4th February 2016. The inspection found a number of improvements by the Home Office in efficiency and effectiveness and also identified areas for improvement. However it failed to provide a gender analysis. This was despite input from stakeholders emphasising that…

Protection Gap campaign reaches Europe

By Debora Singer, Policy and Research Manager, Asylum Aid On International Women’s Day, Tuesday 8th March 2016, the European Parliament passed a resolution entitled The situation of women refugees and asylum seekers in the EU. The resolution calls for gender-sensitivity in asylum policy to ensure the safety of women seeking asylum. The author of the…

More women & children into EU in 2016 refugee crisis than adult men

More women and children are making their way into the EU than adult men as the refugee crisis continues into 2016. According to UNICEF, children and women on the move now make up nearly 6 per cent of those entering Macedonia. This marks a significant change from earlier figures; in June 2015, it was estimated…

Gender-based Violence in Tanzanian Refugee Camps

Women and girls are experiencing high levels of violence in refugee camps in Tanzania. The ongoing political instability and violence in Burundi has forced the flight of more than 220, 000 refugees, of whom half are female. Many experience gender-based violence, including sexual violence during their flight to safety. Recent reports indicate that the threat…

Women’s Refugee Commission: No safety for refugee women on the European route

There is little consideration of gender-based violence along the route to ensure safe environments and access to services for refugee women in Serbia and Slovenia. Women’s Refugee Commission has published a report on the risks for women, girls, and other vulnerable groups. Following visits to Serbia and Slovenia, the Commission has found that protection risks…

International Commission of Jurists: Refugee Status Claims Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity – A practitioners’ guide

Widespread human rights abuses continue to be perpetrated against people based on their real or imputed Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI). The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) has published a practitioner’s guide to claims to refugee status for reasons of sexual orientation and/or gender identity under the Refugee Convention. The ICJ expresses concern that…

Women on the Move Awards

At the Women on the Move Awards ceremony on 11 March 2016, inspirational women took centre stage at the Royal Festival Hall. The awards were presented by Samira Ahmed, with Livia Firth, Phyllida Lloyd, Zahera Harb and Lindsey Hilsum, and were held as part of the WOW (Women of the World) Festival on in The…

Women’s Asylum News 134

In this issue of Women’s Asylum News, women and children now make up the majority of refugees arriving in Europe, lone women at risk in Pakistan, and progress on our Protection Gap campaign in the European Parliament. Click on the image below to read!