When women seek asylum from human rights abuses, why is it that their stories are not believed and not considered credible? A negative credibility assessment is the No. 1 reason why women’s asylum applications are refused. In this video, Asylum Aid explores why.
Many asylum-seekers may have experienced persecution because of their gender. Examples of such harm include rape, sexual violence, domestic violence, forced marriage, female genital mutilation (FGM), honour-based violence, forced conscription, trafficking, etc. These types of harm are particularly likely to affect women and girls (who in recent years made up one third of the asylum-seekers arriving in the EU), although they can also aff ect men and boys. How asylum applicants present their evidence may be affected by their gender, and how decision makers’ interpret their evidence may relate to their gender.
In this video, Debora Singer, Policy and Research Manager at Asylum Aid, Catherine Briddick, Barrister (non-practicing) and researcher in the Law Department at the University of Oxford, and Princess Onyeukwu, Steering Group member of the Supporting Women Project, Evelyn Oldfield Unit, discuss how credibility assessments play out in women’s asylum claims.
The information in this video is contained within the chapter contributed by Debora Singer to Gender in Refugee Law: From the margins to the centre, (Routledge, 2014) Edited by Arbel et. al.
Further information about how credibility assessments affect women’s asylum claims can be found in Credibility Assessment in Asylum Procedures – A multi-disciplinary training manual.