Gender and displacement

December 2000

Looking at forced migration from a gender perspective provides insight into a number of issues relating to the planning and implementation of humanitarian assistance. Conflict and disasters impact differently on men and women. It cannot be assumed that their needs and interests are the same, nor that those of women or of men are the same everywhere. A gender approach then requires project planning to be based on an understanding of the varied contexts in which interventions are implemented. An important conclusion emerging from this collection is the danger of taking a broad-brush approach to the design of assistance programmes and of deploying models and guidelines which are insensitive to local contexts or uninformed by research and analysis of these contexts. The articles in this issue have relevance for four important questions in particular: the impact of interventions on processes of social change, the management of camps for refugees and displaced persons, sexual violence against women, and the implementation of international conventions and guidelines on the rights of (especially women) refugees and IDPs.


Contents and links to all articles

Gender and displacement
December 2000


Gender and forced migration: editorial
Judy El-Bushra

Vindicating masculinity: the fate of promoting gender equality
Simon Turner

Making young displaced men visible
Cathrine Brun

Gender dimensions of displacement
Srilakshmi Gururaja

Gender, persecution and the concept of politics in the asylum determination process
Heaven Crawley

Gender guidelines for the UK
Nathalia Berkowitz

Ethnicity, gender and violence in Kenya
Peter Mwangi Kagwanja

Rural farming systems, plant genetic resources and disasters
Monica Trujillo

General Articles / Regulars

A more proactive UN role in the security of NGO staff?
Randolph Martin

Children in adversity
Jo de Berry and Jo Boyden

Debate: Accountability in the media
Accountability in the media - Howard Davies

Global IDP Project
The Global IDP Project expands - Tone Faret