Problem

Vulnerability of women refugees

Other Names:
Exploitation of women refugees
Nature:

Women refugees are often the least well equipped to cope with their difficult circumstances and, as about 30% of the female population in the refugee camps is of childbearing age, pregnancy can add intolerably to their other anxieties. These women have little or no access to family planning services or contraception and there is a high percentage of unwanted pregnancies and births, thus increasing the number of refugee children. Violations of their security, one of the most serious problems affecting refugee women, have included rape, physical violence, sexual abuse or harassment and prostitution. Single women and women heads of families are more liable to such violence. Lack of sanitation and privacy is another aspect of the specific hardships refugee women have to endure. In cities, most refugee women need to supplement the family income, particularly women who are heads of households (that is, who earn 50% or over of the total earnings). In many cities, opportunities for these women are extremely limited.

Related Problems:
Discrimination refugees
Problem Type:
D: Detailed problems
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
Date of last update
12.06.2019 – 16:55 CEST